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Celtic vs Dundee United prediction, preview, team news and more | Scottish Premiership 2020-21

Celtic play Dundee United on Wednesday
Celtic play Dundee United on Wednesday
Abhinav Anand
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Modified 28 Dec 2020, 18:19 IST
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Celtic are set to host Dundee United at Celtic Park on Wednesday in their next Scottish Premiership fixture.

Celtic come into this game on the back of a 3-0 win over Hamilton Academical on Saturday at the New Douglas Park.

Goals from French striker Odsonne Edouard, Scotland international Leigh Griffiths and midfielder David Turnbull secured the win for Neil Lennon's Celtic.

Dundee United, on the other hand, drew 1-1 against Motherwell on Saturday at the Tannadice Park.

Former Celtic attacker Tony Watt put Motherwell ahead early in the first half, only for striker Nicky Clark to score the equalizer for Dundee United in the dying embers of the second half.


Celtic vs Dundee United Head-to-Head

In 46 previous encounters between the two sides, Celtic hold the clear advantage. They have won 31 games, lost three and drawn 12.

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The two clubs last faced each other earlier this year in the Scottish Premiership, with Celtic beating Dundee United 1-0.

A second-half goal from former West Ham United striker and Switzerland international Albian Ajeti ensured victory for Celtic.

Celtic form guide in the Scottish Premiership: D-D-W-W-W

Dundee United form guide in the Scottish Premiership: L-L-D-W-D


Celtic vs Dundee United Team News

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will be unable to call upon the services of Scotland international James Forrest, who is out with an injury. There are doubts over the availability of Israeli defender Hatem Abd Elhamed.

Injured: James Forrest

Doubtful: Hatem Abd Elhamed

Suspended: None

Meanwhile, Dundee United will be without young midfielder Declan Glass and attacker Logan Chalmers, who are both nursing injuries.

Injured: Declan Glass, Logan Chalmers

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None


Celtic vs Dundee United Predicted XI

Celtic Predicted XI (4-3-3): Conor Hazard, Jeremie Frimpong, Nir Bitton, Kristoffer Ajer, Greg Taylor, Ismaila Soro, Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, Ryan Christie, Leigh Griffiths, Odsonne Edouard

Dundee United Predicted XI (4-4-2): Benjamin Siegrist, Liam Smith, Mark Connolly, Mark Reynolds, Adrian Sporle, Paul McMullan, Calum Butcher, Jeando Fuchs, Luke Bolton, Marc McNulty, Lawrence Shankland


Celtic vs Dundee United Prediction

Celtic have struggled to match their lofty standards this season, and sit second in the league table, 16 points behind arch-rivals Rangers.

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Neil Lennon's side do have three games in hand, but it will be difficult to catch Steven Gerrard's dominant Rangers. The Bhoys could also lose star attacker Odsonne Edouard soon, with Juventus and Arsenal linked.

Dundee United, on the other hand, sit fifth in the league table. Their innovative scouting methods have been appreciated, and Micky Mellon's side could prove to be a problem for Celtic.

Celtic have the players to secure a win in this fixture, but Dundee United will not make it easy for the champions.

Prediction: Celtic 2-1 Dundee United


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Published 28 Dec 2020, 18:19 IST
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