Preview: Celtic vs. Aberdeen

Celtic welcomes Aberdeen to Celtic Park for this opening round fixture in the Scottish Premier League. The defending champions will be looking to kick their title defence off with a win. Celtic have had a productive but strenuous pre-season where they played six matches, winning three and drawing three. They last played a competitive match in May and will be keen to continue where they left off as they thrashed Motherwell 6-0 on the final day of last season. Celtic are unbeaten in their last 11 matches across all competitions with six draws and five wins. They will look to replicate their league form from last season where they only lost three matches all season. Celtic have only lost two of their last 23 home matches across all competitions. They are unbeaten in their last 17 matches against Aberdeen with 14 wins and just three draws.

Aberdeen come into this match on the back of four consecutive wins in the Scottish League Cup which includes a 3-0 over Raith in their last match. They will need to be in the best of form if they are to beat the champions Celtic at home. The visitors will definitely be looking to improve on their league performance of last season where they narrowly avoided relegation. Aberdeen are unbeaten in their last eight matches across all competitions with six wins and two draws. They have won their last three away matches and have only lost once in their last six matches on the road.

Our prediction

Celtic will be confident coming into this match as they have a fantastic record against Aberdeen while the visitors have shown excellent pre-season form. The home team will want to make a statement of intent in their first match and will want nothing less than a convincing victory to start their title defence. We are backing Celtic to win this match and for over 2.5 goals to be scored.