Celtic v Motherwell Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 19th May 2018

Goals should flow at Hampden

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Saturday 19th May 2018 Kick off 1500hrs Celtic v Motherwell Football – Scotland – Scottish Cup The Scottish Cup final may not carry with it the same romanticism that it’s English counterpart does but it’s the traditional curtain closer in Scotland and over 50,000 Motherwell and Celtic fans will descend on to Hampden hoping it’s an occasion to celebrate. Celtic are hoping to become the first ever team to win what’s being dubbed the ‘double treble’ whilst their opponents are hoping they can be the spoilers as the first team to prevent a Brendan Rodgers managed Celtic team to lift a domestic trophy. The two clashed in the League Cup final back in November in a game that Celtic won 2-0 but there’s a feeling amongst many in Scottish football that ‘Well may just be the most tricky opponent for the Hoops to face.

Celtic were regarded as the ‘Invincibles’ for their efforts last season which seen them go through the whole campaign without losing a domestic game. It resulted in the club winning their first treble since 2001 and they now are one game away from recording successive trebles for the first ever time in Scottish football. Critics will point to the fact that their performances and standards have not reached the same level as 12 months ago but they remain as the best team in Scotland by a considerable distance and a win on Saturday would cap off yet another fantastic achievement for Rodgers and his players. The semi final against Rangers was one of their most dominant displays of the season, especially the first half which blew their rivals away. Saturday will require the same level of intensity and tempo if they are to see off what will be a very resolute and physical Motherwell team who the Hoops have struggled against at times this term. Both games at Fir Park have ended in draws and both times Celtic have failed to create much. On the other hand, the now seven-time champions are going for their eighth consecutive win at Hampden since Rodgers took over in 2016.

It’s been a terrific season for Motherwell and their manager Stephen Robinson who is in his first full season in charge of the club. ‘Well were involved in the battle to avoid relegation last term and although they have had to contend with another bottom half finish, their success in the cups and overall performances have resulted in a real enthusiasm around the club. They came close to adding their first piece of silverware since 1991 in November when going down 2-0 to Celtic in the final of the League Cup in a run which included impressive wins over Aberdeen and Rangers. Robinson will point to the sending off and penalty as being the turning point in that game and will take a lot of positives from being able to frustrate Celtic for long spells, especially in the first half. That, along with the fact they have been able to shutout them out twice in their three league games suggest if Motherwell are able to turn in a similar display on Saturday then they can end what has been a 27 year wait since winning the Scottish Cup against Dundee United. They beat Celtic en route to the final that season – could it be an omen?!

It’s likely that there will be plenty of change at Celtic Park over summer with some big names heading towards the exit. Patrick Roberts has already confirmed he will be heading back to parent club Manchester City whilst the likes of Moussa Dembele is also rumoured to be the subject of interest from Premier League clubs. Dembele has been a major player at Hampden for Celtic and he’ll set the foundations for their attacking play once again on Saturday.

Curtis Main has not been at Motherwell long but the striker has made a real impression for the Fir Park club and will be the focal point for the team this weekend. He has enjoyed the Scottish Cup particularly scoring twice in the semi final win over Aberdeen and in the quarter against Hearts. His bustling style of play sets the tone for Motherwell and he will no doubt be relishing the prospect of coming up against a Celtic defence which has, at times, being known to struggle – especially at set pieces.

Celtic v Motherwell Betting Tip

Celtic are in the verge of yet more history under Brendan Rodgers but they know that Motherwell will provide stern opposition. Robinson has attempted to recreate the same environment as the 1991 players enjoyed by staying at the exact same hotel in Ayrshire in the hope it will result in the same outcome. Celtic look forward to playing at the national stadium, however, and some of their more polished performances have occurred at Hampden this season.

If you looked at this game purely on the basis of the league table then it would be a complete mismatch considering Celtic finished 34 points ahead. We all know that cup finals take on a completely different dynamic with the pressure that surrounds it. The two clubs clashed as recently as 2011 when Celtic – then managed by Neil Lennon – ran out narrow 1-0 winners. As alluded to earlier in the preview, Celtic have came in for plenty of criticism for some of their performances this season but more often than not when the fixture calls for it they have responded emphatically. Motherwell have a style that suits their personnel and although limited, it can make it very difficult for superior teams. Celtic have been frustrated twice already this season by that style but I would be extremely surprised to see them pass up what is a tremendous opportunity to write themselves into the history books once again. It goes against the grain for meetings between the two this season but back over 2.5 goals in this one as we’re set for an entertaining final.

Over 2.5 goals 4/7 @ William Hill

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