Well poised to take advantage
Scottish Premier expert Gareth Friel is keen to take on Celtic this weekend after their exhausting midweek effort against Barcelona.
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Two weeks ago we backed St Johnstone to take advantage of Celtic's defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League. The defending champions eventually prevailed 2-1 at Parkhead but were very nearly pegged back late on having been 2-0 up.
Although it didn't quite come off, it may be worth backing Motherwell to beat Celtic using the same logic this weekend.
Neil Lennon's side were beaten twice at home in the immediate aftermath of their two Champions League defeats last season and although they managed to see off St Johnstone in the end, there were signs that they could be vulnerable again on Saturday.
They went 2-0 up after 21 minutes against the Perth Saints but were a post and a Fraser Forster save away from taking only one point instead of three.
If Motherwell can avoid a horror start like that then they may be able to pick up at least a point in Glasgow.
'Well have won the last two meetings between the two sides but lost 22 of the 26 at Celtic Park during the SPL era.
The last two were narrow 1-0 defeats in which they could well have taken something from.
Stuart McCall's Motherwell are only three points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table and have won twice already away from home. They are 8/1 to make it three, but just as with St Johnstone we'll back them in the draw/no bet market at 6/1.
Elsewhere, a win for Hearts against St Mirren would take them to within six points of the Saints having started the season with a 15-point deduction.
The Tynecastle youngsters were held 0-0 by Dundee United last weekend but were a bit unlucky having had a goal wrongly ruled out. They matched Celtic for long periods at home while they defeated Hibs and Aberdeen 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.
The home crowd give the inexperience Jambos a huge lift and could well make a big impact again against the Saints.
Danny Lennon's side have picked up only two points all season but were much improved in their 1-1 draw against Aberdeen on Monday night. Defeat in this one could spell the end of Lennon's reign in Paisley.
Due to their signing embargo Hearts have been unable to strengthen in the way they would have liked this summer but they have so much determination in the squad, emphasised by the late winner when down to 10 men against Aberdeen and the League Cup penalty wins against Raith Rovers and Queen of the South.
Hearts can edge this one and 11/4 about a one-goal winning margin looks reasonable.