Celtic vs. Rangers 10/17/20 Premiership Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Celtic 8-1-0, Rangers 8-2-0

10/17/20 7:30 am

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Celtic is welcoming Rangers to Celtic Park in the Old Firm derby in the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic is on an 8-game winning streak in the Premiership and the Europa League qualifications. With 25 points, 25 scored goals, and 5 conceded goals, Celtic is in second place in the Premiership, while in the Europa League Celtic ended up in a group with Milan, Lille, and Sparta Prague. In their latest Premiership game against St. Johnstone on the road, Celtic was the better team with 69% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 11 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a solid 85% of the correct passes. Despite being the dominant team here, Celtic was struggling in the attacking end, but with the two late goals in the 90th and the 93rd minute, Celtic has won this match 0-2. Celtic is the best offensive team in Scotland so far, and their defense has been fantastic, but not the best. Ajeti has scored 5 goals for Celtic so far this season, while Edouard has added 4 goals, and Klimala has 3 goals. Johnston and Forrest are injured, while Elhamed, Christie, Bitton, and Edouard are all in quarantine because of the Coronavirus. Brown is in danger of being suspended if he concedes another yellow card. Celtic is the titleholder, but they will need to play their best this season because Rangers are right up there with them.

Rangers haven’t lost any of their last 12 games, and they are still undefeated this season with 8 wins and 2 draws. With 26 points, 24 scored goals, and 3 conceded goals, Rangers are in the first place in the Scottish Premiership. Tavernier is the leading goalscorer for Rangers with 5 goals, while Kent added 4 goals. Morelos has added 3 goals so far. Katic and Aribo are the only injured players for Rangers as of right now. In their latest Premiership game against Ross County at home, Rangers has had a massive 72% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 14 corner kicks, 2 big chances, and 86% of the correct passes. With 1 scored goal in each half, Rangers have won this match 2-0. Thanks to ending the last season in second place, Rangers have qualified for the Europa League, where they will be playing in Group D with Lech Poznan, Benfica, and Standard Liege. I need to say that I like Rangers’ chances to advance to the next stage in the Europa League. Since Rangers got back to the Premiership, they were constantly behind Celtic, but this season Rangers is playing really well, and I think this might be the year where they will finally get back on the top.

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The Old Firm derby is one of the oldest and the best derbies in the world. Celtic and Rangers are the two best teams in Scotland in history, and the last team that won the title that wasn’t either of these two teams was over 30 years ago. Both Celtic and Rangers are playing in fantastic form, and this match could go either way, which is why I will stick with goals in this one.

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