Celtic vs St. Johnstone: Preview, predicted XI and betting tip

Celtic go into the weekend game with only one fresh injury doubt, that bring Stefan Johansen, who picked up a slight knee injury against Fenerbahce. He will be assessed before the game tomorrow.

Carlton Cole was ineligible for the game against Fenerbahce midweek, but he is available again. Elsewhere, Darnell Fisher won’t feature for St. Johnstone as he is ineligible to play against his parent club.

The other long term injuries for Celtic are Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew and Saidy Janko. Griffiths remains a doubt, there has been no word whether he will be fit or not.

PREDICTED XI

 As usual along the back four, it simply has to remain the same as much as possible. They just need to keep playing together to get to know one another more and get more experienced together. The only change again could be Emilio coming in for Tierney.

In midfield, with Scott Brown being out, Johansen will continue to play alongside Bitton, if he is passed fit that is. If not, it’ll be McGregor or Rogic dropping down. Along the front three, expect it to be Armstrong, Allan and Forrest. Allan deserves to start again. Forrest looked good midweek when he came on, causing a few problems. The only change here could be Rogic in for Allan. It’s all very dependant on whether Johansen will be fit or not.

Up front is a tricky one. With Leigh Griffiths having missed out against Fenerbahce with injury, it leaves either Cole or Ciftci. It’s still unclear whether Griffiths will be available or not. If he is, he will start, no questions about it. If not, there’s just no reasons to select Ciftci. Coke should start the game so that we can see what he can fully offer. Ciftci is struggling majorly so it’s hard to back a case for him to start.

PREVIEW

 St. Johnstone are on a run of 9 victories from their last 11 matches.

In their 38 matches in the Premiership last season they scored 34 goals. This season, after 17 games, they have scored 35. 

These two stats via BBC.

St. Johnstone have only lost 1 of their last 15 matches at McDiarmid Park, winning 7, drawing 7 and losing 1.

Celtic have picked up just 3 wins in their last 7 visits to McDiarmid Park, winning 3, drawing 3 and losing 1.

These two stats via SPLStats on Twitter.

BETTING TIP

Unlucky midweek as Celtic played out just their first game in six which was under 2.5 goals. The stats were there for it but it just fell short. Onto this weekend and tips are as follows:

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 11/8. 

Celtic & over 2.5 goals at 20/21.

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