Saints to stun Celtic
Gareth Friel previews this weekend's action in the SPL and he fancies St Johnstone to shock Celtic.
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Celtic suffered Champions League heartbreak in midweek against AC Milan, losing two late goals in the San Siro.
Last season Neil Lennon's side were beaten twice in the competition - by Barcelona and Benfica - and on both occasions lost at home in the SPL days later.
This Saturday they host St Johnstone at Parkhead having won four of their five games so far.
Last year they only won twice in their opening five matches so it's hardly an exact comparison but it may still be worth a punt on St Johnstone.
Saints have lost two of their last three though but showed what they are capable of in the Europa League qualifiers, winning away to Rosenborg and FC Minsk.
If they can recapture that sort of form then they will give the champions a stern test. They are 15/2 for the victory but it may be worth taking the 5/1 on offer in the draw/no bet market instead.
Also on Saturday, Hearts travel to the Highlands for the second time in three weeks as they take on Ross County.
It's hard not to admire this young Hearts side. They have lost so much experience from their squad and started the season with a fifteen-point deduction. Yet they have already cut the gap on St Mirren to nine points with the two sides going head-to-head in two weeks.
They have beaten Hibs and Aberdeen at home and matched celtic for long spells last weekend. But away from home they have struggled a bit. The youngsters fought back to claim a creditable draw at Partick Thistle but were beaten by St Johnstone and Inverness.
In both of those defeats they were trailing at half time and backing Ross County in the ht/ft market looks the way to go here.
County were thumped 4-2 by Dundee United last weekend but there were encouraging signs in previous weeks in the win over St Mirren and the goalless draw at Hibs.
I reckon they will improve when new signings settle in properly but recent performances suggest they will be too strong for this inexperienced Hearts squad and the 5/2 on County at half-time and full-time looks decent.