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Celtic Chases Vital Three Points on the Road at Dundee UnitedPublished January 15, 2016 by Florin P
No room for error when Celtic takes on last placed Dundee Utd. (7:45 p.m UK Time).
Celtic is still leading the Premier League but its advantage over Aberdeen has shrunk to just three points, an unprecedented situation for the reigning champions. They can put some distance between them and the runners-up, as they travel to Dundee United where they don’t expect to encounter much opposition.
Top Vs Bottom Standoff
Celtic dropped points in the last two weeks of 2015, losing at home to Motherwell and splitting points on the road against Hearts. They were in control of both games, but allowed opponents to claw their way back in the match after scoring early on. The reigning champions can’t afford to make the same mistakes against Dundee United, so they will come out firing on all cylinders.
Despite playing in both the domestic competition and the Scottish cup, Celtic managed to avoid injuries and its strikers are all fit to play. Griffiths will spearhead the offensive after scoring 15 goals in 17 games and will be joined by Ciftci, a young Turkish player who defeated opposing goalkeepers 4 times this year.
Dundee United Prepares for the Playoffs
With just 10 points in 21 games, Dundee United is guaranteed to finish in the last place at the end of the regular season. All their hopes rest with the playoff games although given their performance this season they are unlikely to play one more year in the Scottish first flight. They recently lost against city rivals Dundee FC after taking an early lead and start as huge underdogs against Celtic.
The visitors have a crushing head to head record, winning 62 games against Dundee United and losing just five times. Several defensive players are mending their injuries and are doubtful for this match, so the backline will come under a lot of pressure. That’s why it is worth taking the even odds given by Bet365 on Celtic to cover the -1.5 goals spread and secure a convincing victory on the road.