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P.J. Murray 20th May 2011 - 9:52

Scottish FA Cup final betting preview

Scottish FA Cup final: Motherwell v Celtic betting preview - Saturday 15:00 live on Sky Sports 2

Celtic have the opportunity to gain something from this season by beating Motherwell in the Challenge Cup final at Hampden.

This is a repeat of the final day match in the SPL when Celtic put four past Motherwell. Although it must be noted that with nothing to play for Motherwell would not have been as up for the clash as the Hoops who had a league title to challenge for.

The Bhoys endured a disastrous end to the season, gifting their Glaswegian rivals the SPL title while Motherwell enjoyed mid-table mediocrity. A win for the Fir Park side would be their biggest victory in quite some time and they go into the final with no real pressure on their shoulders.

Celtic are short favourites at 2/5 to win in 90 minutes while Motherwell are 11/2 and the draw is 3/1.

Both sides registered convincing semi-final victories, Celtic put four past Aberdeen while Motherwell hit St Johnstone for three.

When Celtic do click, they manage to put together some convincing wins, they are odds against at 23/20 to beat 'Well with a one goal handicap.

John Sutton is a player who has really come into his own at Fir Park in the last few months. At the start of the season the Englishman looked to be on the way out of Motherwell but he has since become one of the bigger players. Sutton is 10/1 to bag the first goal of the game and the striker is 7/2 to score at anytime.

Anthony Stokes has been the top marksman for Celtic in the cup with five hits so far in the competition, the Irishman is 5/1 to score first in the match while you can also back him to score at anytime at 5/4.

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You can back five goals or more in this game at the enhanced price of 5/1 while Kris Commons to score anytime and Celtic to win is enhanced to 7/4.

If you fancy a Motherwell victory you can get some extra value by backing Stuart McCall's side to win and John Sutton to score at 10/1.

Celtic have been on scoring form as of late, and with so much to play for you expect them to go right from the off, the double result of Celtic/Celtic looks attractive at 21/20. If Motherwell are going to pull off the upset that McCall believes they are capable of I think they will need to close the Bhoys down in the first half and play a more counterattacking game, the double result of Draw/Motherwell is 14/1.

Over 2.5 goals is quite short at 7/10, but over 3.5 is available at 2/1 if you are going with a high scoring match.

Celtic are 16/1 to replicate their last game, and last meeting with Motherwell, and record a 4-0 win.

I predict a high-scoring match with the majority of the goals going in favour of Celtic, there has been a lot of off-field problems for the Glaswegians and a cup win will be the least they can do for their fans.

For me i'd be backing Celtic -1 at 21/20.

Scottish FA Cup final: Motherwell v Celtic betting preview - Saturday 15:00 live on Sky Sports 1


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