Kilmarnock vs Celtic Predictions

Kilmarnock vs Celtic predictions for Sunday’s Scottish League Cup clash at Rugby Park. The defending champions are looking to start strongly this campaign. Will they be able to do so or we will have an upset? Read on for all our free Championship predictions and betting tips.

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Kilmarnock vs Celtic Predictions


Celtic’s Quest: Defending Their Crown Against Resilient Kilmarnock

Key Stats
– Celtic overpowered Kilmarnock with an aggregate score of 13-1 last season.
– Kilmarnock have maintained a clean sheet in their league journey this season.
– Kyogo Furuhashi, Celtic’s star performer, played a pivotal role in last season’s League Cup final and is in splendid form.

As the reigning champions of the Scottish League Cup, Celtic are gearing up to start the defence of their title. This endeavour takes them on an intriguing trip to Rugby Park where they will go head-to-head with Kilmarnock in a last 16 clash scheduled for Sunday.

Recalling Last Season’s Triumph Last season provided a memorable final for Celtic fans. It was the pulsating encounter against their Glasgow adversaries, Rangers, that stood out. A match-winning performance by Kyogo Furuhashi, which saw him bag a brace, ensured Celtic’s supremacy with a 2-1 win at Hampden Park. The exhilarating victory underlines Celtic’s sheer determination to defend their crown.

Recent Form: Celtic on the Rise Shaking off their end-of-season lethargy from the previous term, which witnessed them losing their final two away fixtures and conceding seven, Brendan Rodgers’ men have staged a compelling return to form.


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Their recent 3-1 away victory against Aberdeen was a statement. Not only was it their first away triumph of the season, but it also propelled them to the summit of the Scottish Premiership. Only St Mirren can claim to match their unblemished record at this early stage.

Navigating Through Challenges With their eyes firmly set on the upcoming league duel against St Johnstone and the highly anticipated Old Firm clash on September 3rd, Rodgers and his squad are keen to wade through these fixtures without any hitches.

Kilmarnock: Past and Present Kilmarnock, historically, have often found themselves on the wrong end when squaring off against the mighty Celts. A stark illustration is Celtic’s dominance last season, where they outscored Killie 13-1 across all meetings. Furthermore, Kilmarnock have only managed three home victories against the visitors since 2001, highlighting the monumental challenge awaiting them.

However, under the guidance of Derek McInnes, Kilmarnock have already scripted an upset this season, toppling Rangers on opening day, thanks to Bradley Lyons’s lone strike. Their subsequent 0-0 stalemate at Hearts and an untouched net in their league journey so far portrays a defensively resilient side.

Team News Celtic have been dealt a blow with Reo Hatate’s potential absence. Rodgers might be forced to rejig his midfield dynamics. New arrival Gustaf Lagerbielke from Elfsborg might grace the defence with a debut. On the contrary, Kilmarnock, led by McInnes, are expected to be at full strength, mirroring the line-up that has served them well so far in the League Cup.

The Predictions

  1. Outcome of the Match: Considering the data, and given the aggregate scoreline of 13-1 in favour of Celtic from last season, a win for Celtic seems the most likely outcome. However, for better odds and with Kilmarnock’s defensive solidity in mind, an ‘under 2.5 goals’ market looks appealing.
  2. Correct Score: Judging by the recent forms and defensive prowess of both teams, a 2-0 win for Celtic seems plausible.
  3. Goalscorer: Kyogo Furuhashi, who was instrumental last season against Rangers and has started this season brightly too, appears to be a solid bet to get on the scoresheet. An optional prediction would be him as the first goalscorer, given his form.

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