Celtic-St Johnstone Betting Preview: May can star for Saints at a huge price

Neil Lennon's men are aiming to bounce back from a surprise loss but our tipster doesn't expect the Hoops to have it all their own way against Tommy Wright's men on Sunday
Celtic's hopes of securing a domestic double were ended last week when they crashed to a shock Scottish Cup defeat against Aberdeen in Glasgow.

However, Neil Lennon's men remain firmly on course to claim a third successive league title and will aim to preserve their unbeaten run in the Scottish top flight when they face St Johnstone at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Hoops are red-hot favourites to see off the Saints, with Paddy Power offering just 2/9 (1.22) on the hosts picking up all three points.

Tommy Wright's troops harbour hopes of a top-six finish in the Premiership and victory at Celtic Park would certainly give the Perth side a real shot in the arm.

An away win is chalked up at a chunky 12/1 (13.0) with Paddy Power this weekend, while the same firm go 5/1 (6.0) that the contest ends all-square.

Punters should note that the Hoops have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 11 league matches and the hosts can be backed at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power to win to nil again this weekend.

St Johnstone, though, will take confidence from Aberdeen's impressive win at Celtic Park last weekend, while the Saints cruised into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-0 win over Forfar Athletic.

Furthermore, Wright's side boast the Premiership's second top scorer - Stevie May - amongst their ranks and there appears to be some value in keeping the in-form frontman onside.

The 21-year-old has notched 16 league goals for the Saints this season and is available at massive 14/1 (15.0) with Paddy Power to net first here, which holds plenty of appeal for punters searching for a small stakes bet on the game.

The better call, though, could be the supremely generous 9/2 (5.50) that May finds the net at any time on Sunday.

While the Hoops should prove to be too strong for the Saints, the visitors are capable of making their mark this weekend and if they are to do so then May is likely to have a hand in ensuring Celtic don't have things all their own way. With such an impressive goalscoring record this season, he should relish the opportunity and looks to be underpriced by the bookmakers.

Therefore, it is the generous 9/2 (5.50) quote from Paddy Power for May to score at any time that is the recommended play for punters.

Stevie May to score at any time at 9/2 (5.50) 1pt with Paddy Power

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