Celtic v Hibernian Betting Tip Celtic to win and BTTS – 20 October 2018

Celtic can win entertaining battle of the greens

Scottish Premiership Betting Tips

Saturday 20th October 1500hrs Celtic v Hibenian Football – Scotland– Scottish Premiership  The Scottish Premiership table has a slightly strange look to it at the moment with the two Edinburgh clubs occupying first and second spot and the Glasgow clubs playing catch up. We are so used to it being the other way round and though there is plenty of time for that to change, and the smart money is that it will, it’s still a refreshing start to the season. Both of these teams are coming off the back of 6-0 wins in their last matches but will have to pick up same level of form following an international break which is not always a given. Continue reading for a match preview of Celtic against Hibs with a selected best betting tip

For one of only a few times this season we witnessed what this Celtic team are capable of when thrashing St Johnstone away from home. Brendan Rodgers men have laboured for large parts of the season which is why they have been unable to assert their usual authority in relation to the Premiership table. Coming off the back of another disappointing away performance in Europe on the Thursday, prior to travelling to St Johnstone, there was some trepidation that they would be vulnerable again on the road. It was a dominant performance from the outset, though, and inspired by James Forrest who scored four of their five first half goals, we started to get a glimpse of a Celtic team who have been vastly superior to everything in Scotland for the past two years. Rodgers and everybody connected with the club will be hoping for a much better response on resumption of club duties than the last time when they beat Rangers 1-0 before an international break only then to slip up away to St Mirren immediately after. It’s a crucial time of the season in all fronts with a Europa League group game against Leipzig on Thursday followed by a semi-final in the League Cup against Hearts the following Sunday.

Neil Lennon is no strange to Celtic Park having played there for seven seasons, captaining the club to many successes, and then returning as a coach and latterly as manager in 2010 – winning three consecutive league titles before leaving. He’s still very much a Celtic supporter but his allegiance will be with Hibs and attempting to get a precious win at the home of the champions. His team have been excellent thus far this season and have brushed off any concerns that they would suffer as a result of losing key players in the transfer window including John McGinn and Scott Allan. Lennon’s recruitment as been excellent, as it tends to be, and the Easter Road club find themselves in second spot, two points behind leaders Hearts and one point ahead of their weekend opponents. They’ve won their last four games in the league by a combined score of 13-2, with three clean sheets. Lennon had been critical of his team’s finishing ahead of the home clash with Hamilton but they answered their manager in emphatic fashion lashing six goals without reply. It should give them huge confidence ahead of their trip to Celtic Park and a win could even see them top the table come the end of the weekend.

There was a lot of controversy following Leigh Griffiths withdrawal from the Scotland squad, citing a need to work on his fitness and Celtic supporters will be hoping their team repeat the benefits of that as he prepares to face his former club this weekend. He’s still revered as a hero amongst the Hibs supporters but similar to Lennon facing his old team, Griffiths will be determined to be on the winning side as he looks to cement his place as Celtic’s main striker following Moussa Dembele’s departure in August.

Hibs have already won away to St Mirren and Dundee but with those two clubs occupying the bottom couple of positions in the team then it goes without saying that a trip to Celtic Park and facing the champions is a very different prospect. It will one they’ll be relishing, though, as the belief in this group of players is obvious. Hibs have been complimented for their attacking approach to the game with plenty suggesting they have been the best team to watch in Scotland thus far. It’s looking positive for another good season and a win on Saturday would only enhance those prospects further.

Celtic v Hibernian Betting Tip

Although Celtic were comfortable winners last season in terms of the league, their clashes with Hibs were anything but straightforward. The record between the two were one win apiece and two draws. The games that ended with a share of the points were contenders for games of the season with a couple of 2-2 ties, one of them coming at Celtic Park. If we can get a repeat of the entertainment from either of those games then we’re in for a treat.

Celtic have not been nearly good enough or consistent enough this season and before the win over St Johnstone they were struggling for any rhythm in front of goal. Hibs, on the other hand, have been very good and perhaps even better than this time last season. It’s all set up to be a cracker on Saturday and it’s easy to envisage a few goals. Celtic are so often frustrated by opposition teams coming to sit in, defend deep and frustrate them. Hibs will not do that but it may also play into the hosts hands. Take Celtic to win an entertaining game with a home win and both teams to score.

Selection. Celtic to win and both teams to score 21/10 @ Ladbrokes

 


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