Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title defence continues on Wednesday as they entertain Livingston at Celtic Park.
A quick-fire second-half start saw Ange Postecoglou’s men net two unanswered goals 11 minutes after the break to sink Dundee United 2-0 at the weekend and preserve a nine-point lead on second-placed Rangers.
Although the league’s top-scorer Kyogo Furuhashi wasn’t on the scoresheet at Tannadice Park, sought-after winger Jota took his seasonal tally to seven goals to open the scoring.
Another eventful performance from Celtic extended their imperious unbeaten in all competitions to ten matches (W9, D1), maintaining their superb form in 2023.
Despite opening the new calendar year with a 2-2 draw away to Rangers, the Hoops have hit the ground running in the aftermath, racking up five straight wins by an aggregate score of 15-0.
That’s hardly music to Livingston’s ears, as the visitors hold a fragile three-point lead on seventh-placed Aberdeen following a drab 0-0 home draw against Hearts at the weekend.
David Martindale’s men have got the new year off to a sublime start, going unbeaten in all five matches (W3, D2), but expecting them to upset the odds in Glasgow seems to be too much of an ask.
Celtic Park has been a fortress during Postecoglou’s tenure, as the Hoops haven’t lost any of their 30 home league games under his tutelage (W27, D3), winning the last 13 in a row.
As the only Premiership side to have recorded a 100% win ratio at home this season (11/11), Celtic will be confident about preserving their near-perfect competitive record against Livingston in Glasgow (W15, D3).
Connoisseurs of action-packed football must be looking forward to this fixture, considering Celtic’s home league encounters this season have featured an average of 3.72 goals per match.
Following back-to-back top-flight defeats on hostile turf, Livingston have won their last three competitive away outings by a two-goal margin to set themselves up nicely for this trip.
Unfortunately for the visitors, this is likely to be an agonising experience, as they have found the net only once on their last four visits to Celtic Park in the Premiership (D2, L2).
Having kept only two clean sheets across their 11 league travels this season, the Lions look like a doomed outfit before the kick-off, though they can find comfort in averaging three goals per game on their last two league trips.
Celtic vs Livingston Potential Line-ups
Celtic (4-3-3): Joe Hart; Alistair Johnston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Greg Taylor; Matt O’Riley, Callum McGregor, David Turnbull; Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda.
Livingston (4-3-3): Shamal George; Nicky Devlin, Jack Fitzwater, Morgan Boyes, James Penrice; Stephane Omeonga, Sean Kelly, Scott Pittman; Steven Bradley, Bruce Anderson, Stephen Kelly.
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Celtic vs Livingston Prediction
Livingston’s impressive form in 2023 will likely end on Wednesday as we back Celtic to post another clear-cut win and strengthen their position at the summit.
Celtic 2-0 Livingston
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