Celtic vs Dundee Predictions

Celtic vs Dundee predictions for Sunday’s Scottish Premiership tie at Celtic Park. Can the hosts follow up their win in the derby against Rangers with a success over Dundee? Or will complacency costs them? Read on for our free Scottish Premiership predictions and betting tips.

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Celtic vs Dundee Predictions

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A Collision of Confidence and Ambition

Key Stats
– Celtic are unbeaten in their last 20 encounters against Dundee.
– Dundee have managed to score in all of their four league games this season.
– Both teams have combined for a whopping 13 goals in their recent five matches.

In the world of Scottish football, there’s nothing quite like the euphoria following an Old Firm victory. Celtic are undoubtedly riding that wave of confidence after their recent triumph against their rivals. This sudden upturn in mood contrasts sharply with the sentiments of their supporters prior to the showdown at Ibrox. The pivotal moment? A defining strike by Kyogo Furuhashi that ensured a hush over the Ibrox crowd and extended Celtic’s lead to four points over their adversaries.

But as the football wheel continues to turn, Celtic are now poised to host a Dundee side that has begun the season with an unexpected flair under the stewardship of Tony Docherty. Their regret might lie in not capitalising on their early-season form, particularly given how they relinquished a commanding lead against St Johnstone. Yet, their victories against Hearts and the draw against an in-form Motherwell signal they aren’t mere pushovers.

The Resilience of Celtic

Looking at the home side, there’s a determination to make amends. Their goalless stalemate against St Johnstone at home raised eyebrows. But the resilience they demonstrated against their rivals, especially with the commendable performances of Liam Scales and Daizen Maeda, dispels any growing doubts. Not to forget, they achieved this with a significant injury list.

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Dundee, however, come into this match with a different strategy. With no weight of expectation on their shoulders, they’re unlikely to adopt a defensive stance at Parkhead. This audacity might be admirable, but is it wise?

The Betting Landscape

For those looking for a flutter, the bookmakers don’t predict an upset. Celtic, being the favourites, are pegged at 1/10. Dundee’s chances? A distant 22/1, while a draw stands at 17/2.

Recent encounters tell a similar story. Celtic have enjoyed dominance, winning their last six matchups. Rewinding the clock 22 years, one might find Dundee’s last celebratory outing at Parkhead, thanks to Fabian Caballero.

Analytical Overview and Predictions

1. Match Outcome: Celtic Victory with More Than 2.5 Total Goals Scored

Celtic’s Stellar Track Record:

Celtic head into this fixture riding a wave of momentum. Having emerged victorious in the high-pressure Old Firm derby, they’re not just positioned high on confidence but also on the table, sitting four points clear after just four league games. Delving into historical data, Celtic’s dominance is further underlined by the fact they’ve been unbeaten in their last 20 encounters with Dundee. This isn’t mere luck or coincidence; it’s a consistent pattern of superiority.

Expect a Goal Fest:

Football isn’t just about winning; it’s about entertaining. And when Celtic plays, goals usually aren’t in short supply. A significant trend to consider: four of the last six meetings between these two clubs have seen Celtic win with over 3.5 goals in the match. While predicting the exact number of goals can be a gambler’s folly, it’s reasonable to forecast a high-scoring affair, especially considering Celtic’s offensive prowess.


2. Correct Score Prediction: 3-1 in Favour of Celtic

Why Celtic will net thrice:

The Bhoys, though undergoing a transition period following the managerial shift from Ange Postecoglou to Brendan Rodgers, haven’t lost their scoring touch. They have managed to net eight times in their recent matches, highlighting their offensive capabilities. A deeper dive into Dundee’s stats reveals they’ve conceded five goals in their four games. Facing a side like Celtic, who are relentless in their attack, might just add to that tally.

Dundee’s Consolation:

However, credit must be given where it’s due. Dundee, despite being the underdogs, have managed to find the back of the net in all their fixtures this season. This is an admirable trait and shows they won’t go down without a fight. Given their resilience and ability to score, it wouldn’t be a stretch to predict they’ll manage a consolation goal against Celtic.


3. Goalscorer Prediction: Matt O’Riley to Find the Net

Midfield Maestro in Fine Form:

Matt O’Riley, Celtic’s midfield dynamo, has been turning heads with his performances. With an impressive BettingTips4You Expert Rating of 7.78, he stands out as one of the top performers in the squad. He’s not just about fancy footwork and pivotal passes; O’Riley has a knack for finding himself in goal-scoring positions.

Recent Evidence:

In Celtic’s last home game against St. Johnstone, O’Riley was denied by a series of commendable saves. But that won’t always be the case. Given his form and the spaces he’s likely to exploit against Dundee’s defence, the odds are in favour of him finding the net. With two goals already this season, he’s showcased that he knows how to finish when given a chance.

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Gram Dodd
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