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Prediction: St Mirren vs Celtic – tip, preview, lineups

Foot Predictions shows the Scottish Premier League clash between St Mirren and Celtic, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.

St Mirren guy Celtic for the second time in 11 days, hoping to win their fourth win in five games and consolidate their position among the top six in the Scottish Premiership.

Hoops, meanwhile, are looking to secure their third consecutive victory in the championship and their eighth away home this season.

Match analysis

Celtic held their first home win in 2021 by securing a 2-1 win over Motherwell last weekend.

Goals Stephen Welsh and Odsonne Edouard were enough to claim all three points and consolidate second place, and even with rivals Rangers slipping at Hamilton, Celtic remains 21 points behind the leader of the table with his crown as the best in Scotland soon to be taken from them.

With only 12 league matches remaining this season, Neil Lennon expects his team to end strongly in what has been a disappointing campaign, not only to keep him in charge, but also to show everyone how competitive they can be next year.

The Hoops will be aware of the threat facing them on Wednesday as St Mirren beat them 2-1 at home just over a week ago.

Celtic had already won 14 of their last 16 meetings with Santos, drawing the other two, and believe they can guarantee three points again, which could put them nine points ahead of third placed Hibernian.

St Mirren's boss Jim Goodwin, photographed on August 9, 2020

St Mirren returned to winning ways and won their third league win in four games, securing a 2-0 home win over Kilmarnock last weekend.

Kyle McAllisterThe first goal of the season was followed by a kick in the second half. Jonathan Obika to give Jim Goodwinhis men are the ninth win of the season in the Scottish Premiership.

The Saints have now equaled their 32-point count in the 2018-19 season, with 13 games left to play, in addition to exceeding last season’s total of 30 points, although the coronavirus pandemic has interrupted this campaign in eight matches.

St Mirren will have a lot of confidence in the clash with Celtic, after beating him in late January, and knows that three more points won on Wednesday could put him closer to the top four than the relegation zone.

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Celtic players celebrate Shane Duffy's goal against Ross County on September 12, 2020

St Mirren forwards Collin Quaner (knee) and Kristian Dennis (Achillies tendon) both are out with injuries, but goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is back from the suspension and must replace Dean Lyness in the initial lineup.

Coach Jim Goodwin may decide to name the same team that beat Kilmarnock last weekend, which would leave him with a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Celtic pair Christopher Jullien (knee) and James Forrest (ankle) both remain injured, although the latter may return to training before the end of the month.

Central defense Shane Duffy, who scored the last time Hoops defeated St Mirren in September, hopes to return to the starting lineup, although Neil Lennon should stay with defensive duo Stephen Welsh and Kristoffer Ajer.

attacker Leigh Griffiths could be given a start before Albian Ajeti and his striker partner Odsonne Edouard at the front.

Possible initial lineup of St Mirren:
Lyness; Fraser, McCarthy, Shaughnessy; Tait, Doyle-Hayes, Erhahon, Durmus; McGrath, McAllister; Obika

Possible initial Celtic lineup:
Bain; Kenny, Welsh, Ajer, Taylor; Brown; McGregor, Turnbull; Christie; Griffiths, Edouard

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Probability: St Mirren 2-2 Celtic

St. Mirren is unlikely to have a lot of possession on Wednesday night, but if he manages to be as clinical in scoring as he was at Celtic Park, he will have every chance of causing another surprise.

Despite having won three of the last four games, Celtic’s opponent in those wins was three of the last four teams in the league. Hoops fought just over a week ago against the Saints and may find it difficult once again to score three points in Paisley.

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