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Nic Ladds 3rd Oct 2009 - 15:13

Mowbray can become a hero in the Old Firm derby

Hold on to your hats, it's the first Old Firm derby of the season and as usual is promises to be an explosive affair with Rangers at odds of 6/1 and Celtic 15/8.

In recent year these matches have become tough, gritty affairs with just four goals in the last four meetings between these two which could have punters filling their boots in the under 2 match goals market at 2/1, despite the overs being even money favourite.

With low scoring anticipated, punters may be attracted to the draw at 11/5 or 0-0 at 15/2, both of which are feasible outcomes, but the stats tell us that the last the last three times Celtic have visited Ibrox in the league, the score has ended 1-0, twice to Rangers (6/1 to happen this time) and once to Celtic (13/2).

Rangers have had a problem scoring goals recently and have drawn their last three games (all 0-0) and with Kenny Miller and Kyle Lafferty doubts, Kris Boyd and Steven Naismith will need to be at their best to break the duck and the pair are 6/1 and 15/2 respectively to open the scoring.

This run of draws has allowed Celtic to move four points clear of their rivals and they have had no problem scoring goals with Scott McDonald in particular looking the most prolific and is 6/1 to score first while Chris Killen and Georgios Samaras are both 7/1 or at a bigger price, Patrick McCourt has scored two in his last three and is 12/1 to open the scoring or 5/1 to score anytime.

Although some say you can throw form out the window in an Old Firm derby the momentum is certainly with Celtic and other than the 1-0 score line already highlighted 2-0 at 11/1 looks a fair bet as Rangers suffered a 4-1 loss against Sevilla midweek which means their defence could be shaking as well as a lack of potency up front.

The draw no bet market could be a useful tool in this game Rangers at 4/6 and Celtic a generous looking 21/20 ensuring that we keep our stakes should the draw occur.

Tony Mowbray is not the sort of man to sit back and settle for a point and Celtic's possible gung-ho approach could be too much for Rangers and a Celtic/Celtic double result at 4/1 could be worth a wager as could draw/Celtic at 5/1.

In such a volatile affair, punters may be interested to know that penalty awarded and scored is 3/1 while a penalty awarded and missed is 12/1, while over 55 booking points is favourite at 4/6 while 33/1 is available if you think the players have forgotten what this match is all about and there will be no cards in the game.

If this was at Celtic Park then a hefty wager on Celtic would be the call but away from home a bit more caution should be advised but in current form, this is the away side's best chance for years to take three points from Ibrox and have Mowbray instantly endear himself to Celtic fans the world over.


Celtic draw no bet - 21/20

Celtic to win 2-0 - 11/1


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