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
This is the penultimate weekend of action in the Scottish top flight and Aberdeen sill have a shot at fourth place. But they need to fight back having given up third place to Kilmarnock with two to play. Hearts are in a slump at the moment and need a point to avoid dropping to the bottom half of the table. Read our Aberdeen v Hearts betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 8th, 2019 at 4:40 p.m.)
The Dons have lost their last two games which has seen them give up third place in that able to Kilmarnock. Those defeats were a 2-0 loss at Rangers and then a 3-0 home defeat by Celtic. So that’s been a really poor return from the Dons. They have actually won just three of their last nine league games now though (D2 L4) so they haven’t not been on the money for a while. Their home form hasn’t been on point at all as they have claimed just the one win in their last eight home fixtures in the league.
Overall this season their home record is at W8 D4 L6, which is worse numbers than what they have produced on the road. In total they have averaged 1.7 goals per home fixture but they have conceded heavily on home soil. They are averaging 1.4 per game against. Around 40% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals. In total they have taken a clean sheet in 28% of home games and they are without one in any of their last six on home soil. Of the eight wins that they have taken this season at home in Premiership, five of them have been by a margin of at least two goals.
Aberdeen have won three of their last four home games against Hearts 2-0
Hearts have failed to score in their last four trips to Pittodrie
Hearts are W2 L1 in their three meetings with Aberdeen this season
Each of the last five league meetings have produced a win for the home team
The end of the season can’t come quickly enough for Hearts. They have had so many difficulties since early February really. They have won just two of their last twelve league games. In their last five, home and away combined, they have taken just the one point which was from a draw at Hibs. Hearts have gone W1 D1 L3 in their last five Premiership away games and after this one, they will close out the season away at Celtic. Not much left in the season to resurrect a bit of away form.
Hearts have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last seven league fixtures (home and away). Of their seven away successes for the season, five of them have been by a one-goal margin only. On the other side, of their eight away defeats, all but two have been by a margin of at least two goals. Hearts have conceded at an average of 1.6 goals per away game, while they have averaged just a shade over a goal per away fixture. Of the goals which they have produced on the road, 61% of them have been scored in the first half of games.
The form of Hearts has gone down the pan and therefore this should present the Don’s with an opportunity to get some home cheer. There hasn’t been much of it for them lately, but recent history points to them collecting a home win to nil.
8th 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
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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
This tie is still wide open in the second qualifying round of their UEFA Europa League. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg out in Malta. So that’s half of the job done and now with home advantage, Hearts will be expected to close out the deal. But they have to be cautious against the side that nearly took out West Ham in last season’s UEFA Europa League qualifiers. This could be a tight scrap right down to the wire. Hearts are 2/5 for the win, with the draw at 7/2 and Birkirkara at 5/1.
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Hearts will be confident of progress here after a good performance away from home in the first leg. They were the better of the two sides, always looking positive in trying to push forward, even in some high heat. Conor Sammon did hit the back of the net for Hearts in the encounter, but that was ruled out for offside, while Callum Paterson went close a couple of times in the second half as well. So positives from Robbie Neilson’s side, they just need a goal back at Tynecastle to settle the nerves a bit. Paterson looks the best option for your goalscorer markets in the game. They are running as favourites to win the match and you can back the Scottish club at 6/5 to win to nil as well.
That’s a WWD record in their three qualifying matches so far in the UEFA Europa League, so they are ticking over nicely. This is their first ever encounter with a side from Malta in European competition. They look plenty of value to back to win this back on home soil and both a Hearts 1-0 and a Hearts 2-0 Correct Score option will return you a price of 5/1 with Bet365. Hearts took a 6-3 aggregate win over Tallinn in the last round, so they have the goals in them. Igor Rossi is top scorer for them with two goals so far in the competition, while Alim Ozturk has produced the most shots of all Hearts players in the Europa League this season. They look positive and ready to march to the next round.
Birkirkara took West Ham to a penalty shoot out in the qualifying rounds of last season’ UEFA Europa League, so nearly pulling off a huge shock. They have a DWD record over their three matches so far in this season’s qualifying but they don’t look a side who are going to come out and put on a big attacking show. Their lack of punch going forward should send the game under 2.5 goals for a quote of even money, which has some nice appeal. This is Birkirkara’s first encounter with a Scottish club in UEFA competition. They have played 35 previous matches in the tournament before, winning just four and losing 19. This should be easy enough for the positive Hearts. They will face a tough tie against Krasnodar if they get through this.
Would back Hearts to come through this with a win and a clean sheet. There’s not a lot on offer from Birkirkara, who work hard but rarely get forward. The visitors will try and dig in at Tynecastle, but would fully back Hearts to find a way through. Look for under 2.5 goals and a win for Hearts.
20th July 2016 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
So it is into the second qualifying round for both of these in the UEFA Europa League. There is such a long path to the main draw that the qualifying steps often feels like it’s own little competition. Hearts fired off six goals in their two legs against Tallinna FC in the first qualifying round but they may not be too happy with the three goals that they gave up over the two legs. As for Maltese side Birkirkara, they have pretty comfortable 3-1 aggregate win in their first qualifying round but go as 3/1 underdogs in their first leg here, with Hearts in at 8/11 and the draw at 5/2.
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It may have gone unnoticed because of Euro 2016 but Hearts had a pretty easy progress through the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. They opened with a 2-1 win at home against Tallinna FC and then after being 3-0 up at half time in the second leg, they shipped a couple of goals for a 4-2 second leg victory. There are going to have to be way more tighter at the back than that if they are going to get far, but still that may nod towards some value being presented at 4/6 in the both teams to score market for this one.
Boss Robbie Neilson will want a better overall defensive efforts, along it could be said that the goals they shipped were when they looked comfortable and they were never really in that much trouble. Hearts will grow with each 90 minutes of competitive football under their belt of course and they will want to be comfortable back for the second leg at Tynecastle. It’s so early before the season even starts of course that finding form players is hard, but Igor Rossi netted a couple of goals in the second leg against Tallinna FC and Callum Paterson was on the scoresheet as well.
Birkirkara are in the qualifying stages now for the fourth time in the last five seasons and last season in reaching the second qualifying round for the first time ever, they produced their first ever victories in the competition at the same time. They took a 3-1 aggregate win over Ulisses in the first qualifying round and then they took English Premier League side West Ham to a penalty shoot out in the second round after the tie had ended 1-1 on aggregate. The Hammers won 5-3 in the shootout. So that was some progress for the Malta club and just a slight word of caution for Hearts. The game going over 2.5 goals is a quote of 3/4 and a Hearts 2-1 correct score bet is a price of 15/2 which shows how tight this may be.
Not the easiest of games for Hearts in this one out on the road. Birkirkara nearly dumped West Ham out of last season’s competition and will have their tails up on home soil for this one. Neither defence are probably going to shine on the night so look for both teams to score and a draw may be worth covering in the match outright.
11th July 2016 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Liverpool v Hearts Recommended Bet: On the basis of the first leg of this Europa League play off, the Reds should get through this. Both sides wasted chances in the first half to really get a grip of the tie, and the only breakthrough in the game game when Hearts turned the ball into their own net. But there were enough chances to suggest that there is more to come from this tie and if Liverpool send out a stronger side than they did for the first leg, then, with Hearts needing goal to get themselves back into the tie, things could open up for Liverpool. May be worth going with a Liverpool to win by 2 Goals for a price of 3/1 with online bookmaker Skybet.
Liverpool v Hearts betting at online bookmaker SkyBet
Liverpool 2/11, Draw 11/2, Hearts 14/1
Liverpool were lucky that Hearts had never strapped on their shooting boots for the first leg of this Europa League play off. The home side last week had chances in the first half to take a grip of the game, with goalkeeper Pepe Reina being the busier of the two men between the sticks. But Hearts just could not quite get a breakthrough and their wastefulness in front of goal came back to hurt them as Andy Webber turned the ball into his own net following a cross by Liverpool’s Martin Kelly. But to their credit, Hearts gave as good as they got against their more illustrious opponents from south of the border They were tenacious, hard working and weren’t afraid to get forward. However, they now have to head into the second leg a goal down, and an away goal at that. Hearts are unbeaten in the Scottish Premier League this season, picking up one win and three draws. So the suggestion is that they are not going to have enough to edge their way past Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool put in a much improved performance on the weekend as they hosts Manchester City in the Premier League. A defensive error late into the game by Martin Skrtel gifted an equalising goal to Man City through Carlos Tevez, ending up sharing the points, where Liverpool probably deserved to take them all. There was a much better balance in the midfield and Liverpool’s Joe Allen finally made his mark at his new club following his transfer from Swansea, as he dictated the pace of the game. Liverpool weren’t at full strength at Tyneside and there were also guilty of wasting chances, with forward Fabio Borini being the biggest culprit for them. However, because Hearts need to score two goals to win the game, that should open space for Liverpool to go on and exploit. At the end of the day, they should be able to control this game much more than they did in the first leg and stamp their authority.
28th August 2012 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Hearts will be eyeing up the possibility of claiming a big scalp in their Europa League showdown against Liverpool. Hearts remain unbeaten in the Scottish Premier League this season, picking up a win and two draws. It really should have been two wins under their belt because they threw away maximum points against Inverness on the weekend. Hearts were two goals to the good at home with Inverness going down to ten men. But then the home side conceded a penalty and shot themselves in the foot when they let Inverness convert a close range equaliser in the 90th minute. So that will have been a disappointment for Hearts boss John McGlynn as they could be Premier League challengers with the absence of Rangers now. Hearts have looked a pretty solid and decent side this season, while McGlynn hasn’t been afraid to shuffle his pack either. Hearts should be the ones targeting taking a hold of the initiative in this first leg of the Europa League play-off. They are on home turf and the confidence they could get from a win against Liverpool, who will head north not totally full of confidence, would do wonders for Hearts and set up a fascinating return leg.
Liverpool were of course, hammered 3-0 by West Brom in their opening Premier League fixture this season. The Reds conceded two penalty kicks, had Daniel Agger sent off and were terribly wasteful in front of goal. So not an easy introduction for Brendan Rodgers to Premier League life with his new club. There is still a lot of work to do, as their midfield was totally overshadowed by West Brom’s and just as they did last season, they struggled in front of goal. They had possession and they created chances, but they were far too wasteful, just as they were last season. Luis Suarez looked their biggest threat and there looks to be an immense amount of pressure and expectation on his shoulders. Where the support is going to come for him is anyone’s guess as new signing Fabio Borini was pretty anonymous. Rodgers will need to time to get his style down at the club but they will quickly have to find a way to convert possession and chances into goals. They will no doubt face a spirited midfield effort from Hearts, will Rodgers sent out a strong side though with a big Premier League clash against Man City to come on the weekend?
Hearts v Liverpool Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Liverpool 4/9, Draw 16/5, Hearts 13/2
Prediction: Hearts may well be up for a draw in this first leg, because they will know that they have to take control. Liverpool may also be just a little bit vulnerable as well. Therefore there could be a bit of value in looking at a Hearts +1.25 Asian Handicap for a price of 4/5 at online bookmaker Bet365. That covers a half-win if Hearts lose by one, and a full win for anything better from the home side.
22nd August 2012 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting