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