Celtic (@1.08) vs Partick (@23.0)
25-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Celtic will win

Celtic – Partick Match Prediction | 25-09-2019 14:45

Partick Thistle are enduring a very difficult campaign in the second tier. With 26 games played they sit bottom of the Championship table, but they are still only one point from 8th placed Alloa Athletic. The Jags reached the play-off stages last year and came within one clash with Livingston from promotion back into the Scottish Premiership but instead of kicking on from that campaign they have struggled for form this season.

Despite this poor form, they still have the better side in this Monday night cup clash and should be able to come away with a win at odds of 3/5 withBetVictor as they go in chase of a ninth Scottish Cup. The Jambos come into this fixture on the back of four games without a win in the Scottish Premiership, although they did smash non-league Auchinleck Talbot 4-0 amidst that poor run of fixtures.

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Celtic have known they are going to win the Scottish Premiership title for some time now, but they mathematically wrapped it up at the weekend and did so in some style. Scott Sinclair bagged a hat trick alongside goals from Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts as they hammered Hearts 5-0 away from home on Sunday, taking them 25 points clear of 2nd placed Aberdeen with just 24 points left to play for.

The Hoops lost 2-1 in a frustrating game that saw them go 1-0 within the first ten minutes, and after a dominating display by the Glasgow club for the rest of the half, Athens came out in the last 45 minutes and doubled their lead in the 50th minute, at which point it all seemed to be over for Celtic. Celtics week went from bad to worse as Brendan Rodgers side lost midweek to AEK Athens in the 2nd leg of their Champions League qualifier.

This makes odds of 8/11 for Celtic to Win to Nil look a good bet, so Im backing that along with a 3-0 correct score predictions at 11/2. Away from home they look good too, but they are lacking something in attack. They have only lost six away games this season but have failed to score in five of them, and theyre facing a Celtic side who have kept eight clean sheets in their last ten home matches.

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The clubs progression is clear to see, and during the first 10 minutes of their match against Falkirk they denied any chance for their opponents to step outside their own half. As the 2nd half began and the match wore on, Thistle were beginning to feel the pressure and were lucky not to concede any goals, and in the first minute of injury time they lost any chance of a clean sheet.Their season performance has been somewhat consistent, but a poor performance on Saturday could see them humiliated against the best team in Scotland. Thistle would score their only two goals in a 5-minute window in the first half. The first goal came from a brilliant run from left-back James Pierce, as his deflected shot sailed past the goalkeeper before Chris Erskine doubled their lead with a thunderbolt into the top corner.

Celtics main goal for the season should be retaining the league for an 8th consecutive time, and after that they can focus on their potential Treble Treble. Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed with the outcome, but knowing what the managers like, hell solely focus on bringing in some much-needed players to the club to be able to maintain the dominance in the national tournaments and to reinforce the squad for the potential European ties ahead. However, some serious issues need to be resolved in the club, most of all their on-pitch performances- so what better way to bounce back than beating Partick Thistle in their first League Cup game of the season?

Were backing goals in this game. Over 2.5 goals is available at 4/5 withBet365. Both sides have looked leaky at the back in recent weeks, with Partick shipping seven goals in their last two outings and Hearts failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their last three games. The hosts have legendary striker Kris Doolan at the spearhead of their attack but theyll have a job in keeping out the likes of Steven Naismith and Steven MacLean.

Head to Head

Celtic are ranked on the 1st place in the standings with 103 points, 101 goals scored and 25 goals received this season in Scottish Premier League.In their last match they won against Hearts. Celtic has an excellent form, they are undefeated in their last 5 events before this game with Partick.The attacking skills of Celtic are impressive, they managed to win their last 5 matches played in Scottish Premier League. They are going to score in this meeting for sure!

Thistle managed to gain 9 points out of the 12 that were in play, only losing to eventual group winners Ayr United by 2-0. Partick Thistle are set to continue in the League Cup after finishing 2nd in their group in the previous round. Partick Thistle will be looking to return to the Premiership after being relegated at the end of last season when the club failed to maintain their top-flight status when they lost in the play-offs to newcomers Livingston.

The youngster has arrived at the club after being bounced around a couple of teams in order to gain experience but has so far failed to score in a senior match. The loss of Conor Sammon, who left the club after the end of his loan spell, has been a huge blow for the club, seeing as the Irishman was the clubs top goalscorer, netting 6 times in the league and scoring 9 in total. After playing their first two league games of the season, the Jags currently sit in 7th place with an initial 2-0 loss to Ayr United and last weekends 2-1 win over Falkirk. Despite a dire performance last season, manager Alan Archibald still remains at the helm of the team. Thistle have filled his space with the signing of 20-year-old Jack Storer from Birmingham City.

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For that reason alone Im backing Celtic to win to nil, seeing as their defence has something to prove and a game like this could serve to prove everyone wrong. Celtic are clearly the obvious favourites to win this tie, and theres no mystery as to why that is. I also think that the scoreline will be a moderate one, so backing the game to have Under 2.5 goals is a good bet to make, with a 2-0 score on my mind also. Their midweek fiasco will have the club questioning whether theyve still got what it takes to do as well as they know they can- but the Hoops will more than likely have no problems.

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