Celtic put their unbeaten start to the Scottish Premier League on the line as they travel to take on Hamilton on Friday evening, with three points for Brendan Rodgers’ men seeing them return to the top of the standings, albeit it potentially only for less than 24 hours. However, with their opponents having also made a positive start to the campaign, it could well be a close encounter at the SuperSeal Stadium.
Hamilton Academical vs Celtic
Scottish Premier League – SuperSeal Stadium, Hamilton – Friday 8th September – 19:45 UK Time
Best Odd of: 12/1 at Ladbrokes
Best Odd of: 11/2 at Ladbrokes
Best Odd of: 1/5 at Ladbrokes
Despite only managing a draw with St. Johnstone before the international break, Celtic have seemingly picked up where they left off from last season, with the reigning champions looking to leapfrog Aberdeen at the top of the pile with a fourth win in five matches this Friday. However, Martin Canning’s men have already demonstrated that they can mix it at this level, making the encounter an exciting one.
Hamilton Academical Team News & Form
Hamilton have recovered well from an opening weekend defeat to Aberdeen, with wins over Dundee and Hibernian meaning that they currently sit in fourth position in the table. Having signed on loan from English Premier League side Swansea City, former Falkirk man Botti Biabi could well line up against the champions. Goals from Giannis Skondras and Alistair Crawford rescued a point against Kilmarnock last time around, with Rakish Bingham having scored two goals already this season. Former Rangers man Massimo Donati could well feature against his former arch rivals, with the Italian’s experience being crucial in such a fixture.
Celtic Team News & Form
Opening wins over Hearts, Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock saw Celtic head the standings, before a surprise draw with St. Johnstone at Celtic Park last time around means that they sit in second position in the build-up to this Friday’s encounter. Callum McGregor has three goals in the Premiership already, while Scott Sinclair and Lee Griffiths have also opened their accounts. With Moussa Dembele still absent through injury, new signing Odsonne Édouard could well feature. The on-loan PSG man joined Celtic on transfer deadline day, having already starred at youth level for France. Meanwhile, Patrick Roberts could also return to the fold having re-joined on loan. Many of Celtic’s players featured for their nation’s during the international break, with Rodgers hoping to have a clean bill of health for their upcoming match.
Head to Head
The two teams have met 18 times in the past, with Celtic coming out on top on 15 of these occasions. With Hamilton’s only ever victory coming at Celtic Park back in 2014, it is little surprise that Rodgers’ men are the firm favourites for victory.
Betting Odds and Predictions
A Celtic win can be backed at best odds of 1/5 at Ladbrokes, however for those looking to make some serious money on this match, other markets are undoubtedly more appealing. Betting on their being over 2.5 goals during the 90 minutes is always worth considering when Celtic are playing, with 10Bet offering odds of 8/15 on this market. Elsewhere, backing both teams to score could also be lucrative, with odds of 5/4 at Ladbrokes better than many other platforms online.
Top Betting Tip
Our top betting tip for the match is to bet on Celtic to win and both teams to score, which is available at odds of 2/1.