This is the first bet in my new 50/1 rolling accumulator. We had an incredible run last time and I’m raring to go again, the bet kicks off tomorrow so you’ve plenty of time to make a decision. You’ll find my research below to help you make that choice.
Just choose a starting stake that suits you, click the link to load the bet and then enter your stake in the box, once you’ve done that just hit ‘place bet’ and that’s you sorted.
Kilmarnock vs Celtic
It’s round 2 of the SPL and reigning champions Celtic head to Rugby Park as they look to continue on from a destructive display against Hamilton on the opening weekend. You don’t need me to tell you how dominant Celtic have been in Scotland for years now, this is a huge season for them as they look to become ‘immortal’ by winning their 10th straight league title.
As silly as it may sound after just one game, there’s no room for error. It’s often been thought that the SPL title is won by whoever wins the Old Firm games, however that goes on the basis that the two Glasgow giants win every other game which they’re basically expected to do.
As mentioned, Celtic obliterated Hamilton last week. The Hoops looked sharp after a few pre season friendlies in France where the squad faced a stern examination which looks to have got them right up to speed. One man in particular grabbed the headlines, as he has been for many reasons over the past few months…
Odsonne Edouard netted a hat trick inside 53 minutes. Much has been made of his future at the club but it looks like he’s committed to staying for at least this campaign. He even mocked the stories of him looking disinterested in pre-season after the game against Accies with a tweet that quickly went viral. There’s no doubt he’s outgrown the league, similar to his predecessor Moussa Dembele. But he’s here for now and there’s no doubt about how much he brings to this Celtic side, he’s not just a finisher he’s also a quality ball carrier and is happy to lay on chances for his teammates.
It’s not all about him though, Celtic have kept hold of all their key players over the summer. In forward areas, they’re unmatched in Scotland. Elyounoussi, Forrest & Edouard are the main 3, but their supporting cast is also superb. Lennon seems to have removed any shackles from Celtic and they were free flowing last week, in particular the full backs were granted license to effectively play as wingers, with the actual wingers taking up a more ‘inside forward’ style position. I can see this being a big part of the games they play against the smaller sides. It worked too, Greg Taylor registered two assists from left back – one of which was a goal for his opposing full back Jeremie Frimpong.
The addition of Patrick Klimala could be key for Celtic this season too, I say addition, he signed last season but featured very rarely. He impressed in pre-season and made a late appearance last week where he tucked away a quality finish. He’ll feel like a new signing this campaign and only adds to the firepower Celtic have.
As for Killie, I’m not convinced by the business they did over the summer. They’ve got a very small squad, particularly in terms of defenders. They conceded twice against Hibs on the opening day, they were 2-0 down in just 34 minutes. Veteran Chris Burke did provide a superb goal to make it 2-1, with him they do have a player who’s capable of a moment of magic.
Nicke Kabamba and Eamon Brophy will be competing to start up front here. In the last two meetings between the clubs, Celtic have ran out 3-1 winners, with the two Killie goals being scored by the aforementioned players so it’ll be interesting to see who gets the nod. Obviously, for goals in this match we’re hoping that Celtic can really turn up. Any goal from Killie is a bonus and should only stoke the fire and force Celtic to kick up a gear. We need 6 goals in total across 2 games, so another 5-1 here would be pretty handy, eh Celtic?
Aalesund vs Viking
Aalesund vs Viking Ah, the Norwegian top flight, what a wonderful place to spend your Sunday evening. All tiers of the Norwegian footballing pyramid have been a happy hunting ground for us so far this season and I see no reason for any change as we head to the picturesque city of Alesund.
Although their surroundings may be something of a dream, the football being played has been a nightmare. Aalesund crushed Division 1 last year, they lost just 1 game from the 30 they played, winning an astonishing 25. They scored a huge 67 goals and shipped just 25. Impressive, right? Well, the step up has done some incredible things to those numbers when you compare.
Aalesund were lauded for their defence last season, as I say they conceded just 25 goals. They’re 12 games in to the top flight campaign, they’ve already conceded 13 more than they did in the whole of their last season. Yes, your maths is correct, they’ve conceded 38 times in just 12 games. So on average they’re shipping more than 3 a game! Their overall average per game so far is 4.5, only our good friends Bodo can top that with an average of 4.8. The reason I point this out is that it shows Aalesund may be unable to defend at this level, but they didn’t leave their scoring boots in the division below. They’ve scored 16 goals so far. Of all the teams from 4th place and below, only Kristiansund (23) and Rosenborg (17) have scored more goals. That’s a bonkers statistic for a side who’ve managed just 1 win so far.
The main man responsible for that goal scoring is Icelandic forward Holmbert Fridjonsson. He scored a hat trick in their only league win so far (3-2 against Start) he’s got a further 5 goals on top of that too. That makes him one of the leagues top scorers, an impressive feat given the numbers that are being posted by the likes of Bodo and Molde.
Enough about Aalesund, on to the brilliantly named visitors: Viking. They’ve not had a great start to the campaign, but they have had a tough run of games. They’ve won 2 of their last 5 but they have had to play Kristiansund, Rosenborg and Molde in that time. Their two wins came against Haugesund and Sarpsborg where they scored 5 goals across those two games.
Viking should be good for at least 1 goal of not more here, they’ve scored in 9/12 so far and netted more than 1 per game on average. They even managed 2 against Bodo on the opening day. They’ve only failed to score against Molde, Brann and Rosenborg which is hardly an insult. They’re hardly strong defensively either and I definitely wouldn’t fancy them to get a clean sheet against an Aalesund side who can score goals. Viking have already had 23 goals put past them, a number that can only be beaten by Start and of course their opponents for this game.
Veton Berisha is the focal point for the visitors, he ended a baron spell with a goal against Kristiansund last time out. Viking need him to get firing soon and what better opponents to do so against than the leagues whipping boys thus far.
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