Celtic v Hearts Betting Tip Celtic to score in both halves – 25 August 2019

Celtic to showcase attack once again

Scottish Premiership Betting Tips

ScotlandCeltic v HeartsScotland
Sunday 25th August 1200hrs
Football – Scotland – Premiership
Pick Celtic to score in both halves
Bookmaker William Hill
Odds: 10/11 (odds taken 21.00 GMT, Friday 23 August)

1 X 2
1/5 27/5 12/1

* (Betting Odds were taken from 22Bet on August 23, 2019 at 22.00)

Celtic have hit 12 goals in their first two league games but have shown some vulnerability in recent games. Hearts, without a win so far in the league, will be hoping they can take advantage of that.

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Celtic Preview – Can Celtic continue setting the pace in Scotland with another big league victory?

It’s been pretty much perfect so far in the league for Celtic having won their two games 7-0 and 5-2. The free-scoring Hoops sent out a warning to their rivals that despite the changes they are still to be feared. Those same rivals, however, were given hope in the last 10 days after a couple of decidedly unconvincing performances. A disastrous exit to Romanian champions Cluj in Champions League qualification where they conceded four goals at home highlighted a real weakness with Neil Lennon’s men. They followed that up with another really desperate performance at home to Dunfermilne in the League Cup where they required a late winner in extra time. That disgruntled more than a few supporters who were already underwhelmed with the lack of investment in the squad.

Lennon would have been delighted with the response from his team in the Europa League playoff, though. A much more controlled and disciplined performance, especially defensively, seen Celtic to a 2-0 win in the first leg. It should be enough to see them through to the group stages with the return on Thursday. The challenge for Celtic is now to build on that clean sheet in what will be a very important week for them. Ending with the first Glasgow derby at Ibrox a week on Sunday.

Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals

Hearts Preview – Can Hearts follow up their good win in the League Cup and secure their first three points in the league?

Hearts and their manager Craig Levein would have breathed a huge sigh of relief after defeating Motherwell 2-1 to progress to the quarter finals of the League Cup. An uninspiring showing in the group stage was followed by two poor results to kick off their league campaign. The Tynecastle club have gained just a point from their first two games with a 3-2 loss at Aberdeen followed by a dull goalless draw at home to Ross County. They were lucky to even get a point from that game. Fir Park represented a really difficult challenge for Hearts last week so to come through that and do so playing well will instill some much needed confidence and belief within the squad. That applied to Conor Washington in particular who got his first goal for his new club.

What’s been lacking for Hearts for the best part of a year is consistent form in the league. Having reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and final of the Scottish Cup last year it’s obvious they can find big performances in this competitions. Trying to put that together on a weekly basis has proved elusive, though. Levein will be hoping the win over Motherwell can bring a change of fortune.

Key-Facts – Celtic v Hearts

  • Celtic had a rocky last week but bounced back to form on Thursday and have been dominant in the league so far
  • Hearts are still looking for their first win in the league but did progress to the quarter finals of the League Cup with an away win at Motherwell
  • The Hoops have dominated this fixture at Celtic Park in recent seasons and will be confident of another three points

Celtic v Hearts Betting Advice

These two teams are well known to each other having met six times last season. Hearts only success came in the first meeting of the previous season, just over a year ago. Since then it’s been Celtic who have dominated winning the following five clashes – including in May’s Scottish Cup final. Celtic have also won their last seven meetings at home to this opponents. It’s a big trend for the visitors to overcome but they are likely to have Steven Naismith available after injury and he is a pivotal player.

There was undoubted improvement in Celtic’s defending in midweek – keeping their first clean sheet in four games. But they will be expected and home to continue their excellent attacking form playing at home again. It’s 32 goals in eight games so far this season and they are good value to score in both halves as they have done in their two league games thus far.