In Our Aberdeen v Celtic Betting Preview We Hope for Another Entertaining Fixture and Give You Our Top Predictions
Brendan Rodgers has achieved something this season which no other manager in Scottish football has in over 100 years. The Celtic manager went the whole Premiership season unbeaten amassing 106 points in the process.
That put Celtic 30 points above second-place Aberdeen and it’s the Dons who Celtic face in the Scottish FA cup final.
Celtic have not won the Scottish FA cup final since 2013. If they win on Saturday they will get their hands on the trophy for the 37th time. For Aberdeen, a rather unlikely victory would be their eighth in the cup final at Hampden Park.
These are the top two scorers in the Scottish Premiership this season so neutrals will be hoping that they’re treated to a game with chances at both ends.
Match Stats and Form
- In a wonderful league campaign for Celtic, they failed to win just four games all season long
- Four of Celtic’s wins came against Aberdeen with the Dons scoring just two goals and conceding nine
- Aberdeen lost 10 times en route to their second place finish
- Celtic’s last defeat to Aberdeen came seven encounters ago in February 2016
- Celtic are seeking a historic treble for the first time in 16 years
Aberdeen – Lewis; Logan, Taylor, Reynolds, Considine; Mclean, O’Connor; Hayes, Christie, Wright; Rooney
Celtic – Gordon; Boyata, Simunovic, Tierney, Lustig; Armstrong, Brown; Roberts, McGregor, Sinclair; Griffiths
Both teams are likely to set up with similar formations. Brendan Rodgers has employed a couple of different systems at Celtic Park but will likely go with a similar 4-2-3-1 approach employed by Aberdeen.
Aberdeen and Celtic have racked up big wins with that formation and they should marry up nicely for an entertaining game at Hampden Park. Clearly, Aberdeen will have to do the majority of the defending. They’ll hope that Moussa Dembele’s hamstring injury keeps him out of the action but Leigh Griffiths’ movement will still pose the Dons many problems.
There will also be a big battle in the middle of the pitch where Aberdeen can get physical to try and stop Celtic from dominating possession. In that regard, Scott Brown will be looking to impose himself with the sort of all-action performance typical of the Celtic captain.
Celtic’s recent dominance in Scottish football makes it inevitable that they are the odds-on favourites across the board. The bookies haven’t exactly written Aberdeen off at the biggest price of 6/1 with Bet365 but with Celtic, at a maximum of 8/13 with William Hill, it’s clear that the Dons will need a huge performance.
We happen to think that Aberdeen will give it a very good go at Hampden Park and that they should have a major impact on the game. However, Celtic’s performances this season make it very hard to imagine anything else than another big win for Brendan Rodgers and his men.
So, it could be well worth having a bet on Celtic to win and both teams to score which is available at 23/10 with William Hill. In addition, take the odds of 31/20 that Winner is quoting on over 3.5 goals.
Leigh Griffiths has had a bit of a frustrating season. Having been such an important part of Celtic’s recent success, a combination of injury and the form of other players have limited his appearances. However, he’s stepped up to the plate in the latter stages of the season and could come up trumps for the Bhoys by scoring first at 7/2 with Betfair.
Top Betting Tip:
- Celtic to win and both teams to score at 23/10 with William Hill
- Over 3.5 goals at 31/20 with Winner
- Leigh Griffiths to score first at 7/2 with Betfair