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Perhaps getting sick of the sight of one another, the top two sides in Scotland meet at Celtic Park this weekend as Brendan Rodgers’ side welcome Craig Levein’s battle-worn troops. The majority of Celtic vs Hearts betting tips will certainly favour the hosts, as their recent trip to Edinburgh in the Betfred Cup semi-final ended in a comfortable victory. We’ll find out here just how much Celtic have “got over” their mediocre start to the season – a solid victory would send out a substantial message to other sides.

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Celtic vs Hearts Best Odds

03. November 2018 | 15:00
Football » Scottish Premiership

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Tip:
Celtic win and more than 2.5 goals
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17/20
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Draw HT, Celtic FT
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Celtic 3-1
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About a month ago, these odds might have looked very different, but Celtic seem to be on the way up and Hearts struggling to maintain their great start to the campaign. We would confidently predict a home win here, and Betway’s 17/20 odds of the champions winning and there being more than 2.5 goals seem like common sense. Meanwhile, if you want to take a more risky shot, you can get 17/5 from 888sport on Rodgers’ men being level at half time but winning in the end. That’s exactly what happened last week, so it may be worth backing lightning to strike twice. Finally, as a correct score bet, the Hoops winning 3-1 (10/1, Dafabet) might be the Celtic vs Hearts best odds of the weekend.

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Celtic win and more than 2.5 goals
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Draw HT, Celtic FT
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Celtic 3-1
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Celtic vs Hearts Betting Tips: Form Guide

Bhoys Will Be… Top Of The Table By December

Celtic’s sluggish form in the early stages of the season raised no shortage of questions, not least about the motivation Rodgers may find to stay at Parkhead beyond the end of this season. Bearing in mind that they went entirely unbeaten domestically in his first campaign, the loss of two in their first six games this time around hinted that the manager was all out of ideas, and the manner in which goals were conceded suggested that they would continue to be vulnerable all season long. A 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock, secured with the kind of last-minute winner that used to be Celtic’s speciality, hurt particularly badly.

Since that reverse, though, Celtic’s domestic form has been vastly improved. A tricky follow-up at home to Aberdeen was won 1-0 through a Scott Sinclair goal, and that seemed to lift a lot of pressure. St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park were the next opponents, and were obliterated 6-0, James Forrest alone scoring four times in the first half. The goals kept flowing as Hibs showed up to the East End of Glasgow. Neil Lennon’s men were competitive, but two second-half goals from Odsonne Edouard secured the points in a 4-2 win. Last time out, away to Dundee, five different players notched for the Hoops, including an in-form Ryan Christie.

Add these results to a 3-0 win over this weekend’s opponents at Murrayfield last Sunday, and it’s hard to back against Celtic in any Celtic vs Hearts betting tips for today. The hosts have scored 18 goals in their last four games, and managed that with only one fit first-team striker available. They’ve still been dismal in Europe, but they seem to have given up on Europa League progress, so the rest of the Premiership may have cause to worry.

Things Getting Complicated For Levein

There can be no doubt that Hearts climbed to the top of the Premiership on merit, even if it was against a backdrop of people insisting that they would fall away just as quickly. Fall away they might, but it’s worth noting that there’s a gap of four points back to tomorrow’s opponents in second place, so even if Celtic win here they won’t breach the top of the table. The worry is that Hearts have begun to drop points, and were completely outclassed in last weekend’s cup tie. Worse still, they’re starting to lose players at a rate they can’t realistically sustain.

October has been an unkind month for Hearts. A 3-1 defeat by Rangers to open the month represented their first league defeat of the campaign, but worse news came days later with the knowledge that striker Uche Ikpeazu will be out until March after foot surgery. At the same time, a hip injury to promising Scottish international centre-back John Souttar, with a similar prognosis, robbed them of their best defender. Hearts have rallied – wins in the league over Aberdeen and at Dundee have kept them at the top of the table – but their most recent league game, hosting local rivals Hibs, ended 0-0 despite Lennon’s side playing the last 25 minutes with just ten men.

There was also the cup-tie last week – we’ll have more on that in a minute, but what will be mentioned in the majority Celtic vs Hearts match previews is the fact that, in one fell swoop, it has robbed the Jambos of two strikers. Steven Naismith, who has been stalwart since arriving from Norwich last season, damaged knee cartilage in the early stages, while his replacement, Steven MacLean, copped a suspension for violent conduct after grabbing Eboue Kouassi between the legs. At 36, Maclean may think he’s a battle-hardened veteran, but his side lost the game 3-0 anyway and are now down to the bare bones in attack – so he’s really more of a liability.

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The Last Five Games

Celtic VS. Hearts

  • Celtic Form4 wins and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Celtic Goals18 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Hearts Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Hearts Goals6 goals in the last 5 matches
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Celtic vs Hearts Preview: Recent Meetings

Hearts opened the season with a statement of intent, following an opening-day trouncing of Hamilton by beating Celtic 1-0 at Tynecastle. On the day, Kyle Lafferty scored a long-range winner after a catastrophic failure of Celtic’s defence, and Hearts were more than good value for their win on the day. Since then, however, Lafferty has left the club to rejoin Rangers.

Whether the Northern Irishman would have made much of a difference last weekend is debatable, as Hearts were pinned back for the duration of the game by a Celtic side keen to maintain their clean sweep under Rodgers of all Scotland’s domestic trophies. Further fired by Maclean’s assault on Kouassi, the Hoops won 3-0, with second-half substitute Ryan Christie playing a part in all three goals – winning a penalty for Sinclair to dispatch, seeing his shot rebound for Forrest to double the margin, and then firing in the third himself.

Celtic vs Hearts Prediction: Comprehensive Home Win

It is appropriate in the week that saw people dressed as skeletons up and down the country that Hearts have found themselves stripped to the bone in terms of playing resources. They started the midweek game against Hibs with Sean Clare up front, throwing on new signing Craig Wighton when they gained a man advantage. Those players have a total of no goals for Hearts between them, a record they didn’t look like nudging at any point during the derby, and a Celtic defence growing in confidence domestically with the addition of Filip Benkovic is unlikely to be perturbed by a Hearts attack down to players who started the season as fifth-choice at best.

Can Celtic lose this game? Absolutely – they’ve shown this season that they can lose concentration in an entirely catastrophic fashion and completely sell the jerseys against sides less talented than the Jambos. However, based on recent form, our Celtic vs Hearts prediction has to be on a home win. Hearts may well score, probably from a set piece, but their luck with injuries and with centre-forwards not behaving in an idiotic fashion has not been great recently. We’ll take Celtic, by a couple of goals, and a continuation of their fine run of domestic form.

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