Celtic v Hearts Betting Preview – Scottish Premiership May 19

Celtic to sign off with another victory

Football Betting

In a rehearsal for next week’s Scottish FA Cup Final, Celtic end their league campaign playing host to a team who will be looking to upset the odds not only at Celtic Park this week but also at Hampden next – can the champions bounce back from a lacklustre performance in last week’s OLd Firm clash at Ibrox?

Celtic Form and Team News

With another domestic treble up for grabs in six days time, Neil Lennon may be tempted to make changes for the Hoops’ final Premiership game of the season with nothing at stake. Celtic will be parading the league trophy after the final whistle so there is a possibility that a below-strength team could take their eye off the ball against Hearts. Lennon is considering giving a start to 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele in one of several changes likely. Oliver Burke played 90 minutes against Rangers last week and could play his final match before returning to parent club West Brom – Kieran Tierney, James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard, Jonny Hayes and Mikael Lustig are all likely to be rested by the caretaker manager, who could be taking charge of his final match at Celtic Park with a permanent contract looking no nearer. Celtic ‘s defeat at Rangers was their first, in domestic competition, since December and also the first time they’d conceded a goal in seven matches.

Hearts Form and Team News

Craig Levein is also set to make changes to his starting line-up and could give a league debut to Bulgarian teenager Alex Petkov – the latter has made just one senior appearance so far. The Jam Tarts left out key players Michael Smith, John Souttar, Arnaud Djoum and Uche Ikpeazu from last week’s defeat at Aberdeen and its likely at least two of those will also be missing again at Celtic Park. In theory, Hearts could finish as low as eighth in the table with another defeat and they are ending the season with a whimper. But the focus has very much been on Hampden since they beat Inverness CT in the Scottish Cup semi-finals. Levein’s side have lost five of their last six in the Premiership with the only bright spot being a 1-1 draw in the Edinburgh derby at Hibernian. They’ve not scored more than once in any of those games but have been boosted by the news that Austrian Peter Haring has signed a new two-year contract at Tynecastle.

Celtic v Hearts Head-to-Heads

It’s almost 10 years since Hearts last won at Celtic Park and they last avoided defeat in 2015. Celtic have won five of their last six meetings in all competitions, scoring at least three goals in four of those games.

Cetic v Hearts Current Match Odds

Celtic 3/10, Draw 9/2, Hearts 10/1 (Odds correct at 11.00am May 17)

Celtic v Hearts Predictions

Both teams will have unfamiliar line-ups in this fixture but the likelihood is that Celtic’s second string is a lot better than that of Hearts and they also have home advantage. Celtic look value at 41/20 with Hearts getting a two-goal start in the Handicap betting with Unibet. Celtic to Win Both Halves is 9/5 with Unibet.

Celtic To Win Both Halves
Yes 9/5
No 4/11

Bet at Unibet

 


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