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Early season stats to keep in mind when betting on Celtic

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    Early season stats to keep in mind when betting on Celtic

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    The 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season is an important one for everyone connected to Glasgow Celtic. Following the disaster of the last term’s failed 10 in a row bid, the team headinto a hectic autumn with their third manager in less than a year. Former Australian national team boss Ange Postecoglou has been entrusted with the job of getting the Hoops back on top but will the man with limited experience of club football in Europe pull it off?

    The new-look Celtic team have stumbled out of the blocks this term, losing the season’s first Old Firm Derby at Ibrox, as well as each of their two other away matches. Winning at home hasn’t been a problem, but victories on the road in the Scottish Premiership and Europa League continue to prove elusive for Ange and his Bhoys.

    After six league games, Celtic are down in sixth place, having won three and lost three of their first half dozen outings. Followers now have enough stats from the new season to go on and start factoring into their bets. The top betting sites offer odds on Celtic’s domestic matches as well as their Europa League adventure. There are a few points of interest to keep in mind when betting on the Bhoys this season.

    Below we pick out some interesting stats that could help you beat the bookies.

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    Celtic don’t travel well

    Celtic’s away form under Neil Lennon and John Kennedy last season was abysmal, and things don’t look to be moving too quickly in the right direction under Postecoglou either. The Hoops are a team that suffers from travel sickness, and that should be kept in mind when looking through the team’s upcoming fixtures and making your predictions. They will start most domestic games as betting favourites, but they aren’t value on the road.

    The first game of the new campaign came in July when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by FC Midtjylland in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. That meant they needed an away win from the second leg but didn’t get it, losing 2-1. That was a bitterly disappointing result for fans of the Glasgow club but, with the benefit of hindsight, we see it was a sign of things to come.

    In their opening league match, the Bhoys then lost at Tynecastle, going down 2-1 to a battling Jambos in Edinburgh. They did bounce back to thrash FK Jablonec in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League - as was expected, given the quality of opposition - but there was more trouble to come. Since that win over Jablonec, Celtic have lost to AZ Alkmaar, Rangers, Real Betis and Livingston.
    Strong attack, weak defence

    Celtic did come close to scoring a stunning away win over Spanish La Liga club Real Betis in the first round of the Europa League groups, but their defence frailties let them down in that match. The problems suffered against Betis sums up how the season has gone so far for the Hoops. They scored three goals and dominated large parts of the game but conceded four and came away from the game empty-handed.

    The team had no problems finding the net and scored 16 goals in their first six Scottish Premiership matches. That stat makes them the division’s leading scorers despite having four fewer points than leaders Rangers. Lovers of a bet would look at those numbers and see the value in both teams to score in Celtic matches. A bet on both teams to score would have been a winning one in five of Celtic’s first seven away games.

    In attack, summer signing Liel Abada’s form has been encouraging to the Celtic support. The youngster found the net four times in his opening nine games, providing two assists. No other player at Parkhead had better stats in that time. It appears the club has talent in the forward areas, with David Turnbull scoring four in 11 games and Japan’s Kyogo Furuhashi bagging four goals in games.

    Fans know Postecoglou’s team are a work in progress, but many in the stands would like to see that progress gather a bit more momentum.

    Strong attack, weak defence

    Celtic did come close to scoring a stunning away win over Spanish La Liga club Real Betis in the first round of the Europa League groups, but their defence frailties let them down in that match. The problems suffered against Betis sums up how the season has gone so far for the Hoops. They scored three goals and dominated large parts of the game but conceded four and came away from the game empty-handed.

    The team had no problems finding the net and scored 16 goals in their first six Scottish Premiership matches. That stat makes them the division’s leading scorers despite having four fewer points than leaders Rangers. Lovers of a bet would look at those numbers and see the value in both teams to score in Celtic matches. A bet on both teams to score would have been a winning one in five of Celtic’s first seven away games.

    In attack, summer signing Liel Abada’s form has been encouraging to the Celtic support. The youngster found the net four times in his opening nine games, providing two assists. No other player at Parkhead had better stats in that time. It appears the club has talent in the forward areas, with David Turnbull scoring four in 11 games and Japan’s Kyogo Furuhashi bagging four goals in games.