Partick vs Celtic: Preview, predicted XI and bets

Aberdeen continued to put the pressure on Celtic during the week as they fought their way to a 2-1 victory after going 1-0 down. That closed the gap at the top to just one point, however Celtic have got a game in hand over them now.

We are now in a title race with Aberdeen, it doesn’t look like they’ll slip up very much, or at all. Both teams have got similar fixtures in the run in and we really need to push on now. Fans need to do their part and support the team to see us over the line.

Celtic have the chance to extend their lead at the top as they play in the early kick off. The lead albeit could only be for a matter of hours as Aberdeen okay at home to Kilmarnock in the 3pm games.

Celtic go into the match with just one fresh injury concern, with Stefan Johansen’s chances rated as 50/50. Nir Bitton returns however after missing the last few matches. Boyata misses out through suspension. Carlton Cole is unavailable after being given leave for personal reasons. Lastly, Simunovic remains the only player out longer term with his knee injury.

MANAGERS THOUGHTS

“We can see the end of it. There are ten games left in the league and now we are looking forward to every game. If we can get our quality out on the pitch then we can give Partick a hard time. Partick did well against us the last time, while we should have performed better. Want to really show how good we are and build on Sunday’s positive performance and get the three points.”

PREDICTED XI

 Along the back line there is the forced change with Boyata out through his suspension. Mulgrew started at the back against Morton and expect him to continue here ahead of Ambrose. He will play alongside Sviatchenko, Tierney and Lustig. Well done to Tierney on his Scotland call up.

Nir Bitton returns to the squad and he will come in ahead of Johansen, who probably won’t be risked after coming off injured against Morton. He will continue alongside Brown.

The front three behind the striker is where it’s most difficult to predict. It changes every week. I think Roberts should start here. He came on against Morton last week and was one of the best performers. He needs to play and we will see the best of him in the coming weeks. He could be a key player for us in this title race. He will play alongside GMS and Commons. McGregor could start after an impressive display last week.

Up front there’s only two options for this week due to Cole being out on personal leave. It’s Griffiths or Kazim-Richards, and we all know who will start. As well as Roberts, Griffiths is going to be vital for us in this run in.

PREVIEW

 Partick have suffered 15 consecutive defeats to Celtic, stretching back to 2002. They’ve only scored 4 goals in that period.

Partick have won 2 and lost 3 of their last 5 matches, while Celtic have won 3 and drawn 2, in all competitions.

At home, Partick have won 3 of their last 5 matches, losing the other 2. Away from home, Celtic have won just 2 of their last 5 matches, losing 2 and drawing the other, in all competitions.

In their last 12 attempts at home, Partick haven’t registered a victory over Celtic, losing 11 of them and drawing the other. The aggregate score has been 29-8.

In the last 23 head to heads, Celtic have won 20 of them, drawing 2 and losing just 1. The aggregate score being 54-13.

SCORE PREDICTION

Celtic to win 3-1.

BETTING TIPS

Celtic and over 2.5 goals at 1/1.

Leigh Griffiths to score and Celtic to win at 11/10.

Good luck.

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