Motherwell v Celtic Odds: Hoops can move a step closer to the SPL title

There is live action from the Scottish Premier League on Wednesday night as Celtic look to move one step closer to sealing the title with plenty to spare when they travel to Motherwell (Sky Sports 1, 7.45pm). Celtic are cruising currently as they sit 21 points clear at the top of the table and they are odds on favourites for another three points at Fir Park this week.

Neil Lennon's side are 21 points clear of Inverness in second and 22 points above this week's opponents, Motherwell, in third and Bet 365 go 4/7 on for another win for the Hoops. Motherwell are 5/1 to cause an upset by winning and 14/5 to draw as they look to get their season back on track after a disappointing run of results.

Stuart McCall's team have won just two of their last seven and it is a run of form that has really stunted any progress they hoped to make this season. They were humbled 3-0 by Ross County on Saturday as they fell to their third defeat in four and it was the third time in their last four that they have failed to score a goal.

Worryingly they have failed to beat Celtic in their last eight attempts and they have lost seven of those without scoring as well. Celtic are 15/8 to win to nil this week and that could be worth a look, unless Matthew Higdon can find his scoring boots. Higdon has blown hot and cold for Motherwell this season but he has scored five in his last three home games and he is 7/1 to score first with B365 on Wednesday.

However, it is Celtic's players who dominate the first scorer market as the Hoops have scored first in 22 of their 28 SPL games. Gary Hooper, who has scored four in his last five appearances against Motherwell, ended his five-match goal drought with his 23rd goal of the season in the 5-0 win over Dundee on Sunday and he is 10/3 favourite to score first at Fir Park.

Joe Ledley was on target twice against Dundee at the weekend as he scored his third goal in as many matches and he could offer a touch of each-way value at 12/1. Celtic have certainly been full of goals of late as they have scored three or more in six of their last seven in the SPL and Bet365 offer a tempting 2/1 that they score over 2.5 goals this week.

Celtic will fancy their chances of scoring a few against a Motherwell defence that has conceded at least one goal in 86% of their home league games. Celtic arrive at Fir Park full of confidence after winning five of their last seven in all competitions and their only defeat in that time came courtesy of an unfortunate 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League.

They could prove too strong for a Motherwell side struggling for form and Neil Lennon's team are 11/8 to win with a -1 goal handicap, while it could be worth looking out for some late drama. Celtic have scored 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of their league matches this term and a goal to be scored after 75:59 minutes on Wednesday can be backed at 5/6.

Motherwell v Celtic Form

Check the season's statistics for both Motherwell and Celtic, plus the odds ahead of Wednesday's match.

Motherwell Stats | Celtic Stats

Motherwell v Celtic Tips

Tip #1: Celtic to win with a -1 goal handicap @ 11/8 with Bet365.
Tip #2: Celtic to score over 2.5 goals @ 2/1 with Bet365.
Tip #3: Joe Ledley to score first each-way @ 12/1 with Bet365.

Motherwell v Celtic Odds

Match Betting

5/1 Motherwell
14/5 Draw
4/7 Celtic

Correct Score Odds

16/1 Motherwell 1-0
28/1 Motherwell 2-0
16/1 Motherwell 2-1
12/1 Draw 0-0
13/2 Draw 1-1
12/1 Draw 2-2
15/2 Celtic 1-0
15/2 Celtic 2-0
7/1 Celtic 2-1

First Goalscorer Odds

10/3 Gary Hooper
4/1 Anthony Stokes
4/1 Miku
9/2 Lassad
5/1 Georgios Samaras
5/1 Tony Watt
13/2 Tom Rogic
7/1 Michael Higdon
15/2 Victor Wanyama
8/1 James Forrest
9/1 Paddy McCourt
10/1 James McFadden

Odds supplied by Bet365.com, who provide live in-play betting for all Scottish Premier League matches.

Posted: Monday, 25th February 2013
Author: Chris James

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