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Celtic will face Falkirk in Saturday’s forthcoming Scottish Cup clash.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Celtic v Falkirk can be found here - plus the latest match odds.
Celtic will play in this match coming off the back of a 1-1 Premiership draw versus Rangers.
In that game, Celtic managed 56% possession and 16 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. The only player to score for Celtic was Mohamed Elyounoussi (23'). For their opponents, Rangers got 9 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Alfredo Morelos (38') was the scorer for Rangers.
Fewer than three goals per match were scored during 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Celtic have taken part. In terms of the goal weighting from that period, opposing sides scored an aggregate of 3 while The Bhoys managed the sum of 5.
In their last fixture, Falkirk drew 1-1 in the League One match with Dumbarton.
The only scorer from Falkirk was Anton Dowds (74'). Rabin Omar (68') was the scorer for Dumbarton.
For 5 of the previous 6 clashes featuring Falkirk, a notably low volume of goals have gone in between them and opposing teams. The overall average goals scored per game within that spell works out to a meagre 1.67, with the average goals for The Bairns being 1. Nevertheless, we’ll just have to find out whether the trend might continue on here in this match.
Head to head
A study of their past head to head results stretching back to 23/08/2008 reveals that these encounters have been disappointments for Falkirk. They have not been able to get any wins whatsoever whereas Celtic have just been too good for them, getting wins in 67 per cent of those ties.
A sum of 20 goals were scored between them in this period, with 16 for The Bhoys and 4 created by The Bairns. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
Team News: Celtic
Nir Bitton (Groin Injury) and Christopher Jullien (Knee Injury) won’t be available for Celtic boss John Kennedy.
Team News: Falkirk
Owing to a fully healthy group available for selection, Falkirk boss David McCracken does not have any fitness concerns to speak of before this clash.
When taking all factors into account, Celtic will probably have the majority of the possession and should be able to turn a few of their chances into goals.
At the same time, Falkirk could well struggle to find the back of the net - but, we do see them seeing enough of the ball to score, too.
We’re predicting a pretty comfortable 3-1 winning score for Celtic by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Celtic Park (60,411)
Captain: Scott Brown
Chairman: Ian Bankier
Manager: John Kennedy
Competitions: Premiership position 2, Scottish Cup (Third Round), Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Key Man: Odsonne Édouard
Customarily played in the Striker position, Odsonne Édouard was born in Kourou, French Guiana. After having played his first senior match for Toulouse in the 2016 - 2017 season, the talented Forward has struck 16 league goals in the Premiership 2020 - 2021 season so far in a total of 26 appearances.