Celtic have already hit Kilmarnock for six this term so will Friday's clash be another one-sided affair?
Kilmarnock v Celtic – Friday 19:45, BT Sport 1
Celtic travel to Kilmarnock looking to build on a ten-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, having dropped just two points (conceding a late equaliser away at Inverness) across their first 11 games. Kilmarnock will be hoping to build on a hard-fought draw against Hamilton last time out, and must avoid a repeat of their recent 3-0 surrender to Rangers at Ibrox to maintain their parlous mid-table position.
Since their defeat in the Champions League at home against Monchengladbach in mid-October, Celtic have been polished across all domestic fixtures. They’ve not conceded in the league in their last six, and have recently beaten both of the teams immediately below them in the table (Aberdeen and Rangers) on the road. They will have benefited from the comparative respite the international break provided, and they travel with a near fully-fit squad. However, Killie will be concerned by the fact that defenders Miles Addison and Stevie Smith hobbled off injured against Hamilton, and Kris Boyd picked up a knock on international duty that will further diminish a squad currently lacking in clinical finishers.
Kilmarnock are huge underdogs against a rampant Celtic side that beat them 6-1 earlier this season, so the handicap market looks promising. Despite keeper Jamie MacDonald performing strongly last time out for Kilmarnock and only one loss by over two goals at home in the league this season, we’re backing Celtic at -2.