Aberdeen’s brilliant winning streak finally came to an end in their Boxing Day fixture against Celtic. The Dons lost 4-3 to the reigning champions in an end-to-end game of football that saw the best and the worst in both sides. This loss was Aberdeen’s first since losing to St Johnstone earlier on in the month. The Dons had gone on to win their next four matches, which propelled them all the way up to third place before the Christmas fixtures. Aberdeen have a really good couple of months after their shaky start to the season. Derek McInnes’ side has been able to compete well with the bigger sides in the league, and their good results have seen them climb back into the top spots of the table. Livi have also enjoyed some relative success during the last few months, and they’re well on their way to staying in the Premiership for at least next season.
Celtic lead the Scottish Premiership by six points and host out-of-form Hibs on Wednesday. The same evening, second-placed Rangers travel to Aberdeen who are third and a draw could be a nightmare result for both of them. Aberdeen are two points behind their opponents but have won three of their last four league games. They had to come from behind on Saturday to get a 2-1 win at Hibs and return to Pittodrie looking to improve their home form. Aberdeen have failed to win either of their last two home matches losing to Celtic and then being held to a goalless draw by Kilmarnock. Previous home games against Rangers have seen no wins since 2016 but the last two have both been drawn 1-1. Rangers had a 4-0 home win over St Mirren at the weekend. Three of their goals were penalties and they missed another one! That win kept them six points behind Celtic and they have won two of their last three away league games, though they did lose recently at Kilmarnock. Away form has been a bit patchy this season with only five wins out of 12. This should be a closely fought game and the tip is for under 2.5 goals to be scored.
Both Rangers and Kilmarnock are in the race for the title, with just one point separating them; Rangers being in second place on 42 points, level with league leaders Celtic and Kilmarnock coming third. They both see the potential of going top in this game and thus we expect a tough fight out there on Wednesday. Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning four, the most recent being an FA Cup clash Forfar Athletic and they will view Rangers as beatable, especially as they head to this game on just a loss in their last 10 matches, and that was against a much stro0nger opponent – Celtic. Playing at home, Kilmarnock have picked five straight wins, and in these, they have scored two goals or more, while conceding just two goals, and keeping three clean sheets. On the other hand, Rangers had their last competitive game in December 2018, but are on a five match unbeaten run, with three clean sheets. In the last 15 away games, Rangers have managed just five wins but they are unbeaten in their last six away league matches. The last meeting between these two sides ended 1 – 1 in October and Rangers are unbeaten in the last three meetings with Kilmarnock. The teams have met 79 times and Kilmarnock have managed just eight wins while Rangers have 58 wins. 26 of Rangers’ wins over Kilmarnock have come away from home while Kilmarnock have won this clash just twice at home.
Celtic have the biggest goal difference and have scored the most goals and conceded the least in the league. They have an unblemished record at home, with 10 wins in 10; their four losses in the season have all come away from home. Further, no team has outscored them at home, or conceded fewer. Taking on Hamilton has doom written all over, with the visitors winless in their last eight matches, seven of those being losses. They have four straight losses and without a goal in the four matches. Their only win in the last 11 away matches came against St. Mirren and all the rest, bar one, were losses. They have only scored in two of the 11 matches away from home, the only times they have suffered losses. Celtic have gone unbeaten in 13 matches against Hamilton and they have won each of the last eight. In 23 meetings between the two sides, Celtic have won 20 and lost one.
That last defeat to Livi was at the start of April, meaning that the Lanarkshire side haven’t lost a game in over a month, racking up a trio of draws before beating Dundee last week and sealing their fate.
This is a crucial game in the ongoing relegation battle, as it determines whether or not the last game of the season will be affected by this outcome. If Hamilton avoid defeat then they’ll be safe and will send St Mirren to the play-offs, but the Buddies do have an easier last game of the season should they gain any points from this clash. We’re going to back the hosts to win here, but by a narrow margin of 1-0.
League leaders and reigning champions Celtic will travel across the Clyde river as they visit arch rivals Rangers, who will host them at Ibrox. It’s been a hectic few months at Ibrox. The appointment of Steven Gerrard at the end of last season brought a lot of hope to Rangers going into the new campaign. The ex-Liverpool legend has made a wide variety of changes at the club, most noticeably the huge amount of players that were brought to Glasgow over the summer. It’s been a rocky December for the club. The Gers returned to 2nd place and overtaking Aberdeen in the process, but they still trail Celtic by three points and already having played a game more than the Hoops. It’s been a fantastic year for Celtic. Brendan Rodgers guided his side to yet another treble following his invincible debut season as the Hoops’ manager, extending the club’s unbeaten run to 69 matches. Old Firm, there will be a fight, blood, but Celtic will win
Hearts’ season continues to twist and turn. The Edinburgh club looked to be returning to the fantastic form they were in at the start of the season when they picked up four points after a disastrous run of games, but that thought was quickly put to rest. Despite being separated by a huge 16 points, there’s not much difference in how the sides have been performing as of late. However, Hearts will have the home advantage for this clash, and they also boast a much better squad. I’m going to back the Edinburgh club to win this Boxing Day.
It’s tough to criticise Hearts’ last few performances; they were far too good for Hamilton Academical at this venue on Boxing Day, while they showed great discipline and defensive solidity to edge out Hibernian a few days later. What’s more, Wednesday’s hosts have looked fairly solid at home for a while. They’ve won each of their last two at home and even when they’ve not got a favourable result, their performance hasn’t been too bad, as the fact that Hearts have bettered their opponents in terms of expected goals in three of their last four at home suggests. They’ve also outperformed the opposition in terms of expected goals in seven out of nine at Tynecastle Park this season. Dundee, who’ve shipped no less than 25 goals away from home this season, are not just conceding plenty of goals on their travels, but they’re also giving up plenty of chances.
I don't think the situation for these 2 teams will be much different today as far as their previous games are concerned.
Hibernian is eight in the table and has even good opportunities to climb further and step into the championship final, and of course there are many matches left to play. And Steven Gerrard's Rangers goes well and also tops the table, formerly Celtic. However, Celtic has played fewer matches and only one point separates both teams.
Rangers have certainly kept the defense pretty good lately, but on the move, they almost always concede at least one goal while Hibernian make over 1.5 in almost every home match.
Celtic have in the recent years dominated this fixture; they have not lost to Rangers in open play in the last 15 meetings. In the last 15 meetings, Rangers have only beaten Celtic once, on post match penalties in the FA Cup meeting between the sides April 2016. In the last three meetings between the two sides, Celtic have won without conceding a goal but in the most recent one, Rangers posted massive improvement, conceding just one goal. In the earlier three, Celtic had scored three or more, hitting 12 goals while conceding just two. Heading to this match, Rangers are unbeaten in the last four matches and in the 10 matches they have played at home this season, they have managed seven wins and lost just once. They have scored 12 goals in their last five home league matches, only failing to score in one game – the loss to Aberdeen earlier in December. Rangers picked a home draw with Hibernian in the run up to this game and they will hope for a better outcome when they take on a Celtic side that came off Aberdeen with a 4 – 3 away win. It was the first time Celtic have conceded in three matches, and they have scored 10 goals in three matches, netting three or more in the three games. All of Celtic’s losses this season (three) have come away from home and they will be keen to avoid picking a fourth one here, which would place them in an uncomfortable situation in the title race. In 93 meetings, Celtic have 43 wins and Rangers 31.
Jim Goodwin, the head coach of St. Mirren, complained before the match that the club was suffering from an abundance of injuries and losses in the roster, I watched the last match and the team looked just awful at home! Today I waited for the line-ups and what I see is that there are several new players at the start, and there are only 4 players on the bench, of which the reserve goalkeeper! Saint Mirren have been losing for 5 matches in a row, with a minimum of chances per match. Aberdeen, after leaving the Eurocups win at Ross County, although I did not believe in them, but they spent the entire first half in the opponent's half and dominated all 90 minutes, taking into account the tiredness and not the best mood! Today I think there should be another easy walk for Aberdeen, they obviously look better, and with the huge number of the injured and disqualified guests, there should be an easy victory! This is the last bet for today. Good luck!
Le Old Firm devrait encore promettre du beau spectacle aux supporters des deux équipes. Avec zéro enjeu au niveau du championnat mais un enjeu au niveau de la fierté, le match devrait être très animé. Les Rangers voudront effacer la défaite de fin mars et s’imposer devant leur public. Mais le Celtic est en très très grande forme et pourrait bien poser de gros soucis à la défense des Glasgow Rangers. Au vu des formes, on mise sur une victoire du Celtic avec difficulté.
Aberdeen hosts Rangers in the scottish league on wednesday, Both teams come to this match with winning streaks as Aberdeen have won 2 and Rangers 3 in a row. However during the last 5 games 3 for hosts and all 5 for visitors went over 2.5 goals. Last 5 h2h games have stayed under so i feel it's definitely about time to see highscoring game between these teams. It's got to be goals for me here and all the trends are pointing towards a high scoring game. 3 of Aberdeen's last 5 home games have gone overs whilst the last Rangers's 3 away games have also gone overs.
Kilmarnock can move up to second place in the Scottish Premiership if they can beat Hearts in this game. The home side are currently third and could even move level on points with leaders Celtic, but only if they fail to beat St Johnstone on Wednesday evening. Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their last seven league and cup games since losing to Celtic in early December. Only two of their last 19 league and cup games have been lost and they will be looking to win their seventh straight home league game. Their most recent home league game saw them beat Rangers to add to a previous win earlier in the season over Celtic. Hearts are fifth i the table and one of only two teams to win a league game at Kilmarnock this season. That was back in August when they were in great form but three months later they lost 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock. That was shown when Kilmarnock went to Hearts and returned with all three points. The defeat was during their nightmare slump when winning just one out of ten league and cup games. The past month has seen them turn things around with a run of four wins and one defeat, though only one of those games has been played away from home. Their away form has seen them win just one of their last six games, Kilmarnock are so strong at home at present and can be backed to get the three points.
Hibernian are eighth in the Scottish Premiership but a win over league leaders Rangers will take them to within five points of their Glasgow opponents. The home side made a bright start to the season but then went through a patch of seven games without a win. This is their first clash with Rangers this season with the sides meeting again on Boxing Day. Home form this season has seen Hibs win four, draw three and only St Johnstone have come away with a win. Rangers were knocked out of the Europa League last week but bounced back with a win over Hamilton to go back to the top of the Scottish Premiership. The win on Sunday ended a run of three games without a win including being held to a draw at Dundee who were bottom of the table. Away form hasn't been impressive for Rangers this season with only three wins in eight in the Scottish Premiership and five in the last 22 in all competitions. A difficult game to predict and the suggested tip is under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match.
Kilmarnock have lost just once in the last 11 matches, and that was against Celtic. They have hit the right form in the recent past and they are just breathing below Celtic. They have taken a few setbacks here but there but generally it has been smoother for Kilmarnock. Among the stakes in this game is going top of the log, with Kilmarnock being a point below Celtic on 44 points; Aberdeen are three points off Celtic. Two of the last five games between the two sides have yielded over 2.5 goals. There will be no holding back in this game, the stakes are high and both teams will know what it takes to pick a win from this match. In 90 meetings between the two sides, Aberdeen have managed 41 wins and Kilmarnock 21
In their last 28 Premiership matches, Celtic FC have lost three times. The last time they lost, it was against Rangers. They are unbeaten in their last 10 home matches in Premiership, and have managed to keep clean sheets in 20 of their last 26 home league games. Celtic FC have led at HT/FT in nine of their last 11 home Premiership games and have scored at least two goals in nine of their 10 most recent home games in the Premiership. They take on a Rangers side that is winless in the last four matches, and without a clean sheet too. Rangers are unbeaten in eight Premiership matches, winning five of them and away from home they have one loss in 11 Premiership matches. Their recent win over Celtic was the first in 16 matches against their archrivals and the first time they managed to score against Celtic in four matches. Both sides have scored in just one of the last seven, with Celtic dominating affairs. This will be the 95th meeting between the two sides, with Celtic having managed 43 wins in the previous 94, and Rangers 32 wins.
Celtic easily won the Scottish Premiership last season but it's not been so straightforward ths time around. Finally though they are starting to dominate and are now five points clear at the top of the table. They have won their last three league games and kept a clean sheet in each of them. That includes a 2-0 home win over St Johnstone in midweek. Their away form isn't great with just one win in their last four but that's been aganist tougher opposition than St Johnstone. The home side must dread home games against Celtic. Earlier in the season they lost 6-0 at home to them and their last four league games at home to the champions has seen them concede 19 goals. St Johnstone are sixth in the Scottish Premiership but have lost their last two league games without scoring. Only one of their last five home league games has been won and this looks booked for Celtic to get the win leading at half and full time.
Celtic have won their past 5 home matches over St Mirren with the last 2 wins being too easy. St Mirren allowed Celtic to score 4 goals in both of their past 2 visit and with how strong Celtic are it could also happen again. When playing at home, Celtic have not lost to St Mirren in their last 18 encounters. Celtic's home record this season: 9-0-0. St Mirren's away record this season: 1-2-7
For sure the visitors are quite fit enough to trash the hosts but it gonna be a little tough for which the hosts are currently the next team in line to the visitors in term of fitness,ambition,positon and so on but the visitors fitness is ultimately dominant over the hosts
By sharing the point of the draw at home Wednesday afternoon, the Rangers are now relegated to 3 points Celtic. Steven Gerrard's players will do everything they can to catch up with Brendan Rodgers, but it will not be easy! For our prognosis, we bet on a draw between the two clubs of the Scottish capital.
• both teams to score • 2 medioka teams that are vulnerable at the back • I can see this game being random and lack of control from both sides • this game has 1-1 2-1 written all over it so my selection is a confident (BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE) • max bet✔️
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Rangers is a high c***s team for Scottish Championship , Aberdeen is not easy team , because Aberdeen is going on the fourth place in the tournament table. So , Rangers need win , because they want to become champions of Scotland.
Glasgow sera déchiré entre le Celtic et les Rangers en ce samedi, en plein Boxing Day ! Le Old Firm n’a rien perdu de son allant, mais le rapport de force semble pencher de plus en plus en faveur du Celtic. Ce dernier, meilleur et plus performant sur la scène européenne que son voisin devrait pouvoir maintenir à bonne distance son rival historique.
St.Johnson is a strong team for team from Scottish League. Johns is going on the 8 th place. Celtic now is going on the 1 st place ana has in their active 58 points. I think , that Celtic will win on the c****.