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Kilmarnock v Celtic: Slim hope for Killie with Bhoys in town

| 18.03.2016

With just one win from their last seven games Killie have been drawn well and truly into a relegation scrap with Dundee United in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Killie are eight points clear of the Terrors but have played one game more than Mixu Paatelainen’s men and with Celtic the visitors to Rugby Park this weekend the gap could well be five points before the end of the weekend.

Unfortunately for Killie fans their recent poor form can’t be put down to bad performances on the road with just two wins from their last 10 games as hosts.

With this being the case they last thing Lee Clark needs is a visit from the league leading Bhoys who have lost just one of their last 10 on the road.

The last two meetings between the two sides have ended all square but with Celtic winning the previous eight  it’s clear to see why the away side are billed as 2/9 favourites for the match.

The hosts can be backed at 12/1 and those who fancy a third successive draw can get odds of 11/2 but with things tight at the top of the table Ronny Deila will be sending his side out in ruthless fashion.

Four of Cetlic’s last five wins over Killie have come to nil and the 10/11 on a repeat of that result will certainly tempt.

However, those looking for bigger returns could be swayed to dip into the goalscorer markets where Celtic hotshot Leigh Griffiths has been something of a licence to print money this season.

The Ladbrokes Premiership top scorer has smashed 26 league goals this season and even at 11/20 to score anytime looks good value to add to his tally.

It is also worth nothing that 50 per cent of those strikes have opened the scoring in Cetlic’s games this season making the 9/4 on the former Livingston, Dundee, Wolves and Hibs man breaking the duck this weekend look a steal.

Josh Magennis looks the man most likely to strike for Killie with nine goals so far this campaign. He’s 4/1 to net at anytime but with 75 per cent of his strikes coming first in games Killie fans won’t be the only ones tempted to have a cheeky stake on the 12/1 that suggests he can open the scoring here.

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



James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.