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Rupert Wyman 23rd Oct 2010 - 8:19

Unbeaten records to Old Firm

The Old Firm meet for the first time this season and at least one of the sides will lose their 100% record. Both of the Glasgow giants have eight wins from eight games with Rangers heading the division by virtue of a better goal difference. William Hill are offering the best price on both Celtic AND Rangers.

Celtic have home advantage in this one and that makes them favourites at 7/5 to get the three points. Both sides will be keen to avoid their first defeat of the season and a draw is priced at 21/10. It's 5/2 for Rangers to get an away win.

The rivalry between these two sides dates back to their first meeting in 1888 and they have met 388 times in the meantime with Rangers holding the upper hand with 155 wins to Celtic's 140.

The Old Firm sides have finished in the top two positions in the Scottish Premier League in every season since 1995-6 barring one year when Hearts finished 2nd ahead of Rangers. It seems almost certain that the two sides will occupy the top two positions again this season but predicting who will finish as champions is not so easy. Rangers are 10/11 to win the title, Celtic 4/5.

Rangers come into the game on the back of a creditable 1-1 draw against Valencia in the Champions League, a game in which Edu scored at both ends, he gave the Blues lead after 34 minutes before scoring an own goal to level the scores.  He is 7/1 to score anytime.

Kenny Miller has had three spells with Old Firm clubs playing for Rangers in 2001, joining Celtic later in his career in 2006 before returning to Rangers via a spell at Derby County.  Since returning to Rangers he has scored 39 goals in 71 appearances and will be a major threat to the Celtic defence in this one. He is 6/1 to score first and 40/1 to score a hat-trick.

This is Walter Smith's final season before retiring from the game. A victory over Celtic on Sunday would put Smith ahead of legendary managers Jock Stein and Scot Symon in terms of wins in Old Firm games.

Celtic's 100% record was in doubt on Sunday when they faced Dundee United. They needed an 89th minute winner from Gary Hooper to get the three points in a 2-1 victory. Hooper got both goals and he is 7/1 to bag another brace.

Referee Willie Collum is making his Old Firm debut. These games are usually fiery affairs and it's 7/4 that Collum has to show a red card during the game. It's a massive 14/1 that no he produces no cards throughout the entire game.

Both sides have been amongst the goals this season and if you fancy goals this one we've got an enhanced price of 11/4 as part of our Match Winner promotion for there to be four or more goals.

I expect this to be a cagey affair with pride and each side's unbeaten run at stake and that could mean the teams cancel each other out. My bet would be to back the draw at 21/10. If you're looking for better odds you can back it to be a draw at half-time and full-time at 4/1.

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