Celtic v Motherwell Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 19th May 2018

The Scottish Premiership drew to a close last weekend but for Celtic and Motherwell, one game remains in their season: the Scottish Cup final. The pair will meet at Hampden Park in Glasgow as they look to end their respective campaigns on a celebratory note.

This is competition in which Celtic have enjoyed plenty of success, winning it 37 times since its inception in 1873. Motherwell on the other hand have only lifted the Scottish Cup on two occasions, the last coming 27 years ago.

Top Tips

Celtic to win with -1 handicap @ 8/11

Half Time/Full Time – Celtic/Celtic @ 8/11

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Celtic Form

Celtic secured a seventh consecutive Premiership title at the end of April after absolutely thrashing rivals Rangers. It was one way traffic for almost the entire match at Celtic Park and had it not been for some fine stops from Jak Alnwick in goal, the scoreline would have been even more emphatic. Odsonne Edouard, on loan from PSG, netted a first-half brace as he stepped in for the injured Moussa Dembele. The Frenchman would have been delighted with the showing, much like the rest of his teammates who played with such confidence and tenacity.

Performances have tailed off since wrapping up the title though. There was still a good amount of quality on show in the away victory to Hearts but less so during the draw with Kilmarnock and defeat to Aberdeen. Against Killie, Brendan Rodgers did have the excuse of playing a rotated side, making six chances to the starting line-up. The big-guns returned for the test against Aberdeen though as Celtic fell to their first domestic home defeat of the season. The Hoops did threaten an equaliser in the latter stages of the match but couldn’t find a way past Joe Lewis in the Dons’ net.

MatchDateScoreResult
Celtic v Aberdeen 13th May 2018 0-1 Loss
Celtic v Kilmarnock 9th May 2018 0-0 Draw
Hearts v Celtic 6th May 2018 1-3 Win

Motherwell Form

Motherwell went six league games without a win but then turned up the heat during the last few games of the season. Three of their final four tests ended up with a win including an entertaining 2-1 victory over Dundee and a rather less free-flowing 1-0 triumph against Partick Thistle. For the final game of the league season, the Steelmen put in their best display of the lot as they brushed aside Hamilton. It was a showing that gave Stephen Robinson food for thought although Nadir Ciftci, who scored twice in the game, is illegible to play against his parent club this weekend.

It’s important not to get too carried away though by Motherwell’s decent patch of form. Unlike Celtic, they’ve had the benefit of facing sides in the bottom half of the table. Their sole defeat in the last four was a particularly humbling one too and it showed how exposed Motherwell can be. The Steelman conceded five at home to St Johnstone in a performance riddled with defensive errors. After the game Robinson stated that a repeat showing would give them absolutely no chance in the cup final.

MatchDateScoreResult
Motherwell v Hamilton 12th May 2018 3-0 Win
Patrick Thistle v Motherwell 8th May 2018 0-1 Win
Motherwell v St. Johnstone 5th May 2018 1-5 Loss

Head to Head Stats

Motherwell were reduced to 10 men in the first-half when last facing Celtic but defended resiliently to keep the scoreline goalless.

Well haven’t beaten Celtic in any of the last 10 meetings but two league draws this season may help give them a little belief here.

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
18th Mar 2018 Motherwell 0 - 0 Celtic Draw Premiership
2nd Dec 2017 Celtic 5 - 1 Motherwell Celtic Premiership
29th Nov 2017 Motherwell 1 - 1 Celtic Draw Premiership

Injuries & Suspensions

Stephen Robinson said a few of his men are carrying knocks and minor problems but the likes of Carl McHugh and Liam Grimshaw will fight through any pain with so much at stake.

Celtic

  • Odsonne Edouard - Expect to miss this game with a hamstring problem.
  • Charly Musonda - Shoulder injury has seen him return to parent club Chelsea.
  • Jonny Hayes - Long term absentee who may return during of pre-season.
  • Nir Bitton - Another who is ruled out by a serious injury.
  • Craig Gordon - A doubt but Brendan Rodgers has hinted he will start.

Motherwell

  • Nadir Ciftci - Celtic loanee isn’t eligible to play.
  • Craig Tanner - Serious knee injury could see him miss some of next season.
  • Peter Hartley - Hasn’t featured since late January due to injury.
  • Andy Rose - Knee troubles are expected to keep him sidelined.
  • Ellis Plummer - Out with a broken leg.

Betting Tips

It’s been over two years since Celtic last lost a Scottish Cup match and it’s a run you shouldn’t bet on ending this Saturday.

Celtic win -1 handicap

Brendan Rodgers has had his eye on this match for the last few weeks as he looks for a sixth consecutive domestic title. His men are the dominant force in Scottish football and they should show exactly why on Saturday. They’ve not been at their best recently but the big occasion often sees them up their game. They were sensational when wrapping up the title against Rangers and you can expect another confident display from them at Hampden Park.

Celtic Half Time/Full Time

Celtic are available at 1/4 to win this game in 90 minutes but you can get far greater odds backing them to be winning at both half-time and full-time. Their strikeforce has been a bit hot and cold of late but when they are on form, they don’t take long to get going. During their last eight victories, the Bhoys have managed at least one first half goal and Brendan Rodgers will be telling his men to attack from the off here.

Celtic to win 2-0

This was the scoreline when Celtic met Motherwell for the League Cup final in November. The Steelmen won’t go down without a scrap here but ultimately Celtic’s superior quality will end up making the difference.

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