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The Premiership meeting at Celtic Park on Saturday will see home side Celtic do battle with opponents Motherwell.
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Celtic fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 6-0 Premiership victory against Aberdeen.
In that match, Celtic managed 78% possession and 21 shots at goal with 10 of them on target. For Celtic, the scorers were Hyun-jun Yang (9'), Kyogo Furuhashi (16'), Luis Palma (77'), David Turnbull (92') and Hyeon-gyu Oh (96', 99'). At the other end, Aberdeen got 3 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
At least three goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Celtic have taken part. Their opponents scored 9 of them in these games while Celtic amassed a tally of 13. Such a trend isn’t assured to be sustained into this match, however.
Leading up to this clash, Celtic:
- have not been beaten in the league by Motherwell in their last 25 matches. It's quite some record.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 50 league matches at home. So impressive.
After a losing effort in their last game against Hearts in Premiership action, Motherwell and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Motherwell managed 40% possession and 8 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. The scorer for Motherwell was Blair Spittal (78'). For their opponents, Hearts had 14 shots at goal with 3 on target. Lawrence Shankland (27', 71') scored for Hearts.
The numbers tell their own story, and Motherwell have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 14 goals in all. In defence, Motherwell seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Their prior results show that Motherwell:
- haven't won against Celtic in games played away from home for the previous 13 matches in the league. A truly shameful run of away results.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 4 league matches.
Head to head
A study of past results between these clubs stretching back to 14/05/2022 shows that these encounters have not been kind to Motherwell. They have not managed to get themselves any wins at all whereas Celtic have managed to find a way, finishing as winners in 83% of those games played.
In all, 21 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 17 of them from The Bhoys and 4 belonging to The Steelmen. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.5.
The last league match featuring these sides was Premiership match day 7 on 30/09/2023 which ended up with the score at Motherwell 1-2 Celtic.
In that match, Motherwell had 30% possession and 10 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Blair Spittal (95').
For their opponents, Celtic got 24 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Luis Palma (87') and Matt O'Riley (97') scored.
The match was refereed by Willie Collum.
Team News: Celtic
Liel Abada (Torn thigh muscle), Daizen Maeda (Ligament stretching) and Reo Hatate (Hamstring injury) are unavailable for Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
We are thinking that The Bhoys will possibly use the 4-3-3 formation this time, beginning the first half with Joe Hart, Alistair Johnston, C. Carter-Vickers, Liam Scales, Greg Taylor, Matt O'Riley, Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, Hyun-jun Yang, Kyogo Furuhashi and Luis Palma.
Team News: Motherwell
Thanks to a largely available squad, there is only a single fitness problem for the Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell to be concerned about. Jonathan Obika (Hamstring injury) won’t be in action.
We’re of the thinking that The Steelmen might play in a 3-4-3 formation, starting the game with Liam Kelly, Calum Butcher, Shane Blaney, Dan Casey, Stephen O'Donnell, Callum Slattery, Harry Paton, Blair Spittal, Conor Wilkinson, Mika Biereth and Theo Bair.
We feel that in this game, Celtic have it within them to be able to create a decent number of chances and shots on target.
Conversely, Motherwell could well find it tough getting goals but we can see them scoring as well.
Our selection here is for a fairly comfortable 3-1 margin 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: Callum McGregor
Chairman: Peter Lawwell
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Competitions: Premiership position 1, Champions League (Group E)
⭐ Key Man: Matt O'Riley
Mostly taking up the Centre Midfield position, Matt O'Riley was born in Hounslow, England. After having made a senior debut playing for Fulham in the 2019 - 2020 season, the dangerous Midfielder has scored 6 league goals in this Premiership 2023 - 2024 campaign to date in a total of 12 appearances.