By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 30th September 2018
Celtic will host their rivals Aberdeen this Saturday at 3pm. The afternoon kick-off, taking place at Celtic Park, is a highly-anticipated clash for neutrals and both sets of fans. Celtic are looking to cement a home win, whilst the Dandies will want to spoil the victory parade.
Celtic vs Aberdeen: Predictions and odds
Almost six years have passed since Celtic last went three league games without a win, but the Parkhead side are still 4/11 favourites in the match betting for this encounter. That means there’s an eyebrow-raising, chin-stroking betting tip of 13/2 about a second successive victory over the defending seven-time champions for Aberdeen, while a draw is picked at a 17/4 selection.
Opposing Brendan Rodgers’ men in in the match odds for their home league games would have paid off in eight of 19 matches last term. Yet, with the hosts at a particularly low ebb at present, our Celtic vs Aberdeen predictions will be bearing that in mind.
Scroll down for the tips for this Scottish Premiership encounter.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen, Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic, Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen, Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic, Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen, Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic.
Celtic vs Aberdeen predictions: match betting, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: A draw, trading @ 17/4
Given the Bhoys are perennially odds-on favourites in the Scottish Premiership, the whim to tip against them when they’re ailing is seldom stifled by the prices.
The Aberdeen or draw double chance projection of 21/10 are more than fair against a side that have notched no more than once in four of their past five home games, as is the Dons draw no bet assessment of 9/2. However, while the Hoops haven’t been smashing up their guests, their defence has been functioning just fine, having kept four clean sheets in succession.
Derek McInnes’ visitors have shipped just twice in four domestic away days this term themselves and the sides’ shared defensive doughtiness could well see the nicely-priced draw come home for the first of our Celtic vs Aberdeen predictions.
Best bet: Under 2.5 goals, betting @ 6/5 pick
As discussed, the Bhoys’ queasy start to the campaign has had more to do with a lack of attacking fluency than the defensive failings of a back line featuring summer agitator Dedryck Boyata and Manchester United target Kieran Tierney.
Fiercely guarded by Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham, Kilmarnock are the sole domestic foe to put more than one past them this term.
The Celts will want to add to their goal tally, and have the opportunity to do so after Rangers lost to Livingston on Saturday.
Against opponents that haven’t notched more than once in a road game since April, the second of our Celtic vs Aberdeen projections, has a betting tip of unders, at a pleasing price.
Predicted scorer tips: Gary Mackay-Steven to score anytime, wagering @ 4/1 pick
Few goals are predicted in Celtic vs Aberdeen, but if one man can be relied upon more than most to net against the Dandies, it’s Leigh Griffiths.
The former Hibernian frontman has registered six times in his past six league starts against them, also assisting two goals for good measure and he’s a worthy betting tip at first goalscorer odds of 3/1 as part of our Celtic vs Aberdeen predictions.
Aberdeen players, on the other hand, haven’t exactly been making themselves conspicuous goalscorer odds picks on the Premiership front this term, with the likes of James Wilson and Gary Mackay-Steven among a clutch of joint top-baggers with one strike.
Tipped as 4/1 anytime, Mackay-Steven, who also has three strikes in cups to his name this term, gets the nod as our away scorer forecast. For the brave, his first-scorer price is a huge betting tip of 14/1 as part of our Scottish Premiership odds.
Celtic vs Aberdeen stats: Opta
- Celtic and Aberdeen have not played out a league draw since March 2012, a 1-1 stalemate. They have gone 23 such meetings without a draw since.
- Aberdeen, who have drawn their last two away leagues games 1-1, haven’t drawn three in a row in the league on their travels since the final three such games of the 2012/13 campaign.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.