There was a time when Celtic returned from the World Cup break when it appeared that they were struggling to rediscover their relentless domestic form up until November. However, on the back of five victories and clean sheets, there is no longer any doubt, Ange Postecoglou’s side ensuring that they remain nine points clear of Rangers.
The form of their Glasgow rivals may have helped in keeping Celtic on track, although they had to rely on two second-half goals to prevail at Dundee United on Sunday. With no European football to look forward to, Celtic can focus on trying to win the treble, and they only face one away fixture in four matches before they play Rangers in the League Cup final on February 26.
Still boasting a perfect home record in the league, no-one will expect Celtic to falter over the coming weeks, yet they are facing a team in form on Wednesday. Since suffering back-to-back defeats on December 21 and December 24, Livingston have put together a six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions
As well as progressing in the Scottish Cup, nine points from five games in the league have ensured that they hold a two-point advantage in fourth spot.
We say: Celtic 3-0 Livingston
With that in mind, we expect Celtic to cruise to a comfortable win, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Our tipster partners are predicting over 2.5 goals.
This match will start from 1:15 am
This match will take place on 2 February 2023
Given the three-day turnaround, Postecoglou will almost certainly look to rotate some of his Celtic players for this contest.
Matt O’Riley and David Turnbull could both come back into the midfield, while Daizen Maeda is in contention of a recall in the final third.
Yuki Kobayashi may also return in the middle of the backline, although Carl Starfelt could keep his spot given Livingston’s position in the table.
Jack Fitzwater’s place in the centre of defence is dependent on the level of interest in his signature before Tuesday’s deadline.
Ayo Obileye is on standby to take his spot if a transfer takes materialises, and it may prove to be the only alteration.
Hart; Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor, Turnbull; Abada, Furuhashi, Maeda
George; Devlin, Fitzwater, Boyes, Penrice; Omeonga, Se.Kelly, Pittman; Bradley, Anderson, St.Kelly
Tip 1 – Celtic to win
Tip 2 – Both teams to score: No
Tip 3 – Over 2.5 goals
Tip 4 – Celtic to score 2+ goals
Tip 5 – Celtic to win both halves
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Celtic win with a probability of 92.16%. A draw has a probability of 6.2% and a win for Livingston has a probability of 1.69%.
The most likely scoreline for a Celtic win is 3-0 with a probability of 15.37%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-0 (13.59%) and 4-0 (13.03%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (2.83%), while for a Livingston win it is 0-1 (0.83%).
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Celtic vs Livingston a great match to watch, Celtic will win.
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