Celtic take on Jack Ross’ Dundee United side at Tannadice on Sunday afternoon, with the Premiership champions looking to continue their 100% start to the new season after winning their opening four games in convincing fashion.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are currently on an unbeaten Premiership run which stretches back to last September, having been in truly imperious form of late, with another three points no doubt the ambition against a Tangerines side who have picked up just one point so far this term.
Ahead of that intriguing clash, here’s how Football Fancast thinks the Hoops will line up today…
The major talking point this week has been the arrival of forward Sead Haksabanovic from Russian outfit Rubin Kazan, although Sunday’s clash appears set to come too soon for Celtic’s new number nine, with Postecoglou revealing that the Montenegro international won’t be involved against Ross’ men.
With January arrival Yosuke Ideguchi the only major doubt after his recent absence, any changes to last weekend’s triumph over Hearts are likely to be tactical. As such, we are predicting that the 56-year-old will make just two alterations from the side which ran out 2-0 winners last weekend at Parkhead.
In goal, Joe Hart is a nailed-on starter having continued his revival in Scotland after falling out of favour south of the border. Ahead of him, the back four should almost certainly remain Josip Juranovic, Moritz Jenz, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Greg Taylor, with the quartet having recorded two successive clean sheets.
In midfield, the ever-reliable Callum McGregor could well be partnered by the returning Reo Hatate, with the Japan international having replaced David Turnbull early in the second half against the Jam Tarts last week. Completing that central trio should be highly-sought youngster Matt O’Riley once again, with the 21-year-old having started all four league games so far this term.
As for the forward line, a potential shake-up could see Giorgos Giakoumakis replace Daizen Maeda in attack, with Kyogo Furuhashi joining Jota on the flanks. The Japan forward might pay the price after recording only one shot against Hearts a week ago on a quiet afternoon for him.
The £23.5k-per-week “Greek god” – as dubbed by his manager – has scored off the bench for two weeks running, while the 27-year-old also has three goals in as many games against this weekend’s opponents.