Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Old Firm Derby Betting

Today is a quiet day around the UK with regards to major sporting events, however there is one massive football match being played in Scotland – Celtic v Rangers at Celtic Park. Who will come out on top in the clash of the two biggest sides in Scottish football? BetRepublic.com previews the game and offers some excellent value bets here:

Celtic v Rangers:

Despite the title race being over in Scotland, with Rangers being eleven points ahead of Celtic with two games to go, this match means a massive amount to both sides and both sets of fans. Celtic will want to end their underwhelming season on a high note against their arch rivals, while Rangers will want to assert their dominance over their city rivals by winning their fifty-third title and going the whole season undefeated against them.

Celtic have already lost both previous clashes against Rangers at Ibrox this season but managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park when they met in January. However, they have been impressive in front of their own fans this season, winning thirteen and drawing four of their eighteen league matches. Their downfall this season has been their away form, which has seen them lose six of their eighteen away league matches. As a result of this they are out of the title race already and it was their last away league loss – a 4-0 thumping by St. Mirren in March – that saw their manager, Tony Mowbray, dismissed from his position. Since his departure and replacement by Neil Lennon Celtic have gone six matches undefeated and have kept three clean sheets. Two of those clean sheets have come in both of their away matches and all three matches where they have conceded goals have been at Celtic Park. Will Rangers be able to take advantage of this?

Rangers away form this season has seen them record eleven wins, five draws and two losses away from Ibrox. They have found the net in fourteen of those eighteen matches and have conceded in ten of their away games. They will be highly confident of taking the three points from Celtic as they travel across the city, being the deserved champions. However, William Hill have made Celtic the favourites to win the match at odds of 23/20 with Rangers available at 9/5 and the draw at 23/10. I feel that neither side will claim the points and the game will finish in the manner of the previous match between these two sides at Celtic Park this season.

BetRepublic.com NFL Betting Picks Recommends: Back the draw @ 23/10 with both sides to score @ 8/11 with William Hill.

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