Inverness CT-Celtic Betting Preview: Hoops set to extend their lead at the top of the table

The Bhoys are unbeaten in the league and our man north of the border expects the leaders to see off John Hughes' side comfortably
Celtic stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 11 points with victory over St Johnstone on Boxing Day and Neil Lennon’s men will look to further extend their advantage when they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday afternoon.

The Hoops are warm favourites to claim all three points from their trip to Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, with BetVictor rating the Scottish champions as an 11/20 (1.55) chance to enjoy another victory on the road.

Inverness were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Partick Thistle on Boxing Day and John Hughes’ men can be backed at 21/4 (6.25) with BetVictor to shock Neil Lennon’s side, while the draw is available at 33/10 (4.30) with the same firm.

The Bhoys made an early breakthrough in their victory over St Johnstone on Thursday afternoon and punters should note that Celtic have led at half-time in no fewer than seven of their nine league matches away from home thus far this term.

With that in mind, the 21/20 (2.05) quote from BetVictor for the visitors to be ahead at the break is hugely appealing here.

On each occasion that Celtic have led away from home in the league this season, they have gone on to collect all three points and, with that in mind, there may be value in backing the champions at a tempting 11/8 (2.63) with BetVictor to lead at both half-time and full-time of Sunday’s clash.

Furthermore, the Hoops have conceded just one goal in their last six matches in domestic competition so the 17/10 (2.70) quote on offer from BetVictor for Celtic to win to nil is also appealing here.

Inverness have a fine home record, having won six of their eight league matches on home soil so far this season but the visit of the league leaders is likely to represent a significantly stiffer test for Hughes' toops and Celtic look to be a solid selection here.

The 11/20 (1.55) quote from BetVictor for an away win, though, is far too skinny and, therefore, punters are advised to snap up the generous 11/8 (2.63) quote from the same firm for the visitors to lead at both half-time and full-time on Sunday.

Celtic half-time/full-time at 11/8 (2.63) 2pts stake with BetVictor

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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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