St Mirren - Celtic Betting Preview: Back the visitors to keep a clean sheet

Danny Lennon's men have won their last four matches at home but Willie Duncan is backing the Bhoys to maintain their recent dominance with a comfortable win
Celtic will look to consolidate their place at the top of the Scottish Premier League table when they make the short journey to face St Mirren on Saturday afternoon.

Neil Lennon's side have won their last five matches in all competitions and head into the lunchtime clash in Paisley as warm favourites at 4/9 (1.44) with Sportingbet to pick up all three points at St Mirren Park.

The Buddies have won their last four home matches, though, and Danny Lennon will be eager to see his side continue that run this weekend. Sportingbet make St Mirren an 11/2 (6.50) chance to stun Celtic while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that the match ends in a draw.

Celtic’s players may be forgiven for allowing their minds to wander ahead to Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona at Camp Nou but Neil Lennon will surely warn his side against complacency.

The Hoops boss having already seen his side drop five points on the road already this term.

The recent history of this fixture will offer little encouragement to the hosts as St Mirren have won just one of the last nine meetings between the sides – a stunning 4-0 win in 2010 – and it should be noted that the Buddies have failed to notch a single goal against the Hoops since then.

With that in mind, the 23/20 (2.15) on offer from Sportingbet for St Mirren to fail to hit the net against Celtic once again looks to be a too big, especially when it is considered that Neil Lennon’s side have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six outings.

Celtic, too, have averaged two goals per game on the road this season in the league – a better scoring rate than they have managed at home. The 8/15 (1.53) quote from Sportingbet for the visitors to score two or more goals should be strongly considered here against a St Mirren side that has shipped 14 goals in nine league matches this season.

A comfortable win looks likely for Neil Lennon’s side and the 11/2 (6.50) on offer at Sportingbet for the Hoops to ease to a 2-0 victory at St Mirren Park is the value play here.

St Mirren not to score at 23/20 (2.15) with Sportingbet
Celtic to win 2-0 at 11/2 (6.50) with Sportingbet

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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