Celtic v Hearts Scottish FA Cup Preview, 25th May 3.00pm
Celtic and Hearts just met on the final weekend of Premiership action and it was Celtic who came out on top. They are on the hunt for their third straight FA Cup title as well. It’s been a tough season for Hearts, could they possibly cause an upset at Hampden Park? Read our Celtic v Hearts betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 20th, 2019 at 11:23 p.m.)
Celtic claimed a 2-1 win over Hearts last weekend in the final weekend of Premiership action. That was their fourth win in a row against them this season in all competitions. So with the Premiership title wrapped up again, and with the League Cup in the bag again, Celtic have another shot at a treble. They have had a really easy time of things in the Scottish FA Cup this season, scoring ten unanswered goals across their three matches.
They opened with a 5-0 win over St Johnston and then took 2-0 and 3-0 away wins at Hibs and Aberdeen respectively. Celtic have lost just one of their last fourteen games across all competitions, which was their recent Old Firm derby reverse in the league against Rangers. Since a 2-1 away win at Hearts back at the end of February in the league, Celtic have conceded just four goals in their following twelve games. It’s been pretty amazing again. They have won the last two FA Cup titles (against Aberdeen and Motherwell). They have won on each of their last seven visits to the FA Cup Final.
Celtic are on a four-match winning streak against Hearts
Hearts have won just one of their last seven meetings with Celtic
Eight of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Celtic are W19 D5 L7 against Hearts in FA Cup matches
The last time that Hearts won the FA Cup was back in 2006 when they beat Gretna on a penalty shoot out. This is their first appearance in the final since them. Hearts are eight-time winners of the FA Cup in their history. But they will go to Hampden Park on the weekends heavy underdogs because it has been a poor season for them. They finished sixth in the Championship group of the Premiership this season, and their form lately leaves a lot to be desired.
Hearts are W2 D1 L7 in their last ten games across all competitions. So the only place where they have found a bit of cheer has been in the FA Cup. They opened with a 1-0 home win over Livingston, before thumping Auchinleck 4-0. They then needed a replay to get past Partick before taking a comfortable 3-0 win over Inverness in the semifinals. Given that Hearts have taken just one clean sheet in their last eleven games, the Jambos have a big uphill task ahead of them on the weekend.
Celtic knotw how to turn it on when it comes to the big occasion and they have had the beating of Hearts this season. It just very difficult to see where Hearts are going to come up with something different enough and special enough to take down the favourites. Celtic to win to nil.
22nd May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Celtic already have the league title wrapped up but they will be looking for a response after losing the Old Firm derby against Rangers last weekend. They have produced a win in three of their four games against Hearts this season. Regardless of what happens here, Hearts will be finishing sixth. Read our Celtic v Hearts betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 15th, 2019 at 8:03 p.m.)
Celtic had been on a sixteen match undefeated streak of league form before their loss against Rangers last weekend. That was a 2-0 loss at Ibrox which they suffered. While that was their fifth away defeat of the season, they remain unbeaten in the Premiership on home soil, posting a W16 D2 record at Celtic Park. In their home campaign, this season Celtic have produced an average of 2.4 goals per game. They have conceded just the six goals on home soil this term.
In total that is a clean sheet in 72% of their home games which Celtic have earned. They have won 61% of their home fixtures to nil. Of their sixteen home wins, eleven of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. You imagine that they will be looking for a big final flourish in the league on the weekend. They still do have the FA Cup final to look forward to. That will be against Hearts on May 25th.
Celtic have won the last three meetings against Hearts in all competitions
Both teams have scored in one of the four meetings this season
Celtic are on a six-match winning streak at home against Hearts
Hearts have conceded ten goals in their last three against Celtic
After starting the season so strongly where they were top of the pile for the first twelve rounds of action, it has all gone a bit sour for Hearts. They are in a pretty big slump at the moment with just the one point earned from their last six league games. Their overall away form for the season is W7 D2 L9. On their top-flight travels, they have averaged just over a goal per game, while they have conceded at an average of 1.7 per game.
Hearts have failed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last eight league games and in none of their last four on the road. Hearts have picked up one point form their last three away games, scoring just the two goals in that sequence of games. Of their seven away wins record this season, five of them were by a one-goal margin. Six of their nine away defeats have been by a margin of at least two goals though. With just four points from their last eight games, they probably are already just trying to plan forward for the FA Cup final.
This should be fodder for Celtic here. Hearts won’t have any interest in this and may well try and keep some cards close to their chest and rest some players ahead of the FA Cup final. This is meaningless to them. Celtic to win to nil.
15th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Celtic produced that phenomenal unbeaten season in the Scottish Premiership last term and obviously, they’re kicking off as red hot favourites to go and win the title again. With a bit of competitive football under their belt in the Champions League qualifiers, they are odds on favourites to win this. Hearts are running with interim boss Jon Daly after saving Ian Cathro after just seven months in charge, paying the price it seems for a shock League Cup exit. Celtic are 1/5 to take the win, with the draw at 6/1 and Hearts at 10/1
Online betting site Coral offers a Bet & Get Club for their customers. Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in their sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!
Celtic remained untouchable last season in the Premiership and posted a W34 D4 record from their 38 games. They have had some competitive action in the UEFA Champions League qualifying so far, so that will help with match sharpness. Celtic did make pretty light work of Hearts last season in the Premiership, winning all four matches against them and scoring 13 goals and conceding just the one in those four games. So it was as easy as you like and Celtic to win to nil at Coral is trading at a price of 10/11 and that’s a bit of value to jump over. Hard to gauge exactly where this will be at with it being the opening weekend of the league, but over 2.5 goals is trading at 1/2 with Coral and you have 4/6 on both teams NOT to score.
Celtic aren’t short of attacking power although Moussa Dembele is out of this one. Leigh Griffiths is 8/11 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market with Nadir Ciftci and Scott Sinclair at 5/6. Hearts finished fifth in the Premiership last season, but after getting dumped out of the League Cup in the first round, the Jambos are without a permanent manager at the moment following the sacking of Ian Cathro. Hearts beat Elgin and East Fife, but lost against Peterhead and only managed a 2-2 draw with Dunfermline in the League Cup group stage. The only real positive from that is that they were scoring goals and Kyle Lafferty was among them, so the club will be hoping for big returns from him. As for a win in this one, well Hearts have lost their last six in a row against Celtic and are winless against them since a 2012 FA Cup win over them. That’s a D2 L17 in their last nineteen against the Bhoys. Not a nice record and not a nice opener for them either with the way that things have gone so far this summer. In the Coral correct score market, a Celtic 2-0 is an 11/2 punt.
Celtic to win: No reason not to expect Celtic to extend their record against Hearts. It’s just about where the value is. Celtic to win to nil is going to have decent appeal and probably around the 2-0 correct score.
4th August 2017 / lee - Category: Betting Advice