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Celtic FC vs St Johnstone FC Preview, Predictions, Betting Tips and Free Bets- Celtic to make a confident start

Celtic will be expected to comfortably defeat St Johnstone as they set their sights on a ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership trophy.
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 24: Callum McGregor of Celtic celebrates scoring in the second half to make it 5-0 during the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying round 1st Leg match between Celtic v Nomme Kalju FC at Celtic Park on July 24, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic FC Form & Team News

Celtic will be coming into their game against St Johnstone full of confidence having comfortably dispatched Estonian side, Nomme Kalju in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

Neil Lennon’s men have had a very strong pre-season and the manager used his side’s comfortable lead from the first leg to allow some players to rest in Tallinn.

The Hoops will be missing Arsenal linked left-back Keiran Tierney who has picked up an injury and centre-back  Šimunović through suspension.

St Johnstone Form & Team News

St Johnstone have had a difficult pre-season, winning only one of their four Scottish League cup encounters, registering a 4-0 victory against Brechin, before crashing out with a 2-1 defeat to Forfar.

Outside of that, Tommy Wright’s side registered a couple of victories over Linfield and Greenock Morton in friendlies and lost to Edinburgh City and Inverness.

The club does have close to a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s big kick-off though, with defender Liam Gordon being the only player missing through injury.

Celtic FC vs St Johnstone FC Head to Head Record

Things don’t look too friendly for St Johnstone heading into Saturday’s game. Celtic are the undisputed kings of Scottish football, and St Johnstone have not registered a victory against them for nearly five years.

Celtic have also managed to keep a clean sheet against St Johnstone in their last five encounters with the club, scoring 14 goals in the process. Last season the champions picked up one of their biggest wins of the season against St Johnstone, handed them a 6-0 thrashing at their home stadium last October. 

Celtic FC vs St Johnstone FC Match Up

Celtic’s dominance over the Scottish Premiership is well documented, and the reigning champions will want to do their utmost to make sure they got off to a flying start on Saturday.

The club had the best defensive record in the division last season and the second-best offensive record, which doesn’t look good for St Johnstone.

Odsonne Edouard, the side’s top scorer last campaign has already gotten himself off the mark with a goal away at Sarajevo in the Champions League and will be looking to build on his 15 goals from last season this Saturday.

Celtic FC vs St Johnstone FC Key Statistics

  • Celtic FC have won 22 of the last 24 encounters with St Johnstone at Celtic Park.

  • Celtic FC have scored 14 goals past St Johnstone in their last five encounters.

  • St Johnstone FC have failed to keep a clean sheet in 9 of their last 10 matches with Celtic. 

Celtic FC vs St Johnstone FC Odds and Tips

As always, you won’t find an easier victory to pick out this weekend than a Celtic home victory. The reigning champions will be coming into the game full of confidence and will be looking to kickstart their title defence in fashion.

Bet365 currently have the champions available at 1.16, while St Johnstone are all the way out at 19.00, which just about sums up the difference in quality between the two sides.

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