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Celtic to succumb to underdog charms in Hamilton stronghold

| 03.10.2015

Weary from their 2-2 Europa League draw with Fenerbahce, Celtic head to Hamilton in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership, where they’re widely expected to improve upon their current five-game unbeaten streak.

A super-skinny 2/7 says the Bhoys will best Martin Canning’s men, with their status as masters of the Scottish universe and recent upturn in form the factors behind their heavy favouritism.

But if punters can see through the smokescreen that is Celtic’s aforementioned improvement in results, they can make a killing backing the Accies at 9/1.

It’s a price way too large for a team playing in their new-fangled Douglas Park fortress, where the hosts have vanquished three successive opponents since an opening day goalless draw with Partick.

This stalemate is one of three home games in which Hamilton have kept clean sheets this term, while they’ve totaled eight goals in the trio of fixtures to follow it.

Stronghold success has formed the foundation to their scaling as high as fourth in the Scottish Premiership and victory here will take them to within a point of their forthcoming foes.

Having won five of their last seven league fixtures, their cause to fear the on-rushing Celtic juggernaut isn’t as great as the bookies will have you believe.

Ronny Deila’s men may have their own set of good results to boost confidence, but four of the games in their imperious quintet were contested at Parkhead.

On their travels, the Glaswegians are without a win in three and have failed to overcome half of their Premiership adversaries on the road.

Celtic’s seeping backline is a key factor behind this substandard return, with nine leaked across their previous five trips and no shut out inflicted on any host since their own early-August meeting with Partick.

Hamilton prevailed in the pair’s first duel of the 2014/15 campaign, doing so without the benefit of home advantage.

With it, they can further scramble the Celtic circuit board on their robotic route to the Scottish title.

Conversely, those who want to side with the favourites can back them at a boosted price of 5/4 (from 4/5) if they bolt on a Leigh Griffiths any time goal as part of the bargain.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune