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Hearts vs Celtic - Champions set to show superior quality in Cup final
Neil Lennon's men can do League and Cup double with win at Hampden
Celtic are attempting to win the domestic treble with victory over Hearts in the Scottish Cup final (Getty Images)
Hearts vs Celtic Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Celtic should have too much quality when they face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park. The Hoops won four out of five matches against Hearts this season and are backed to secure a comfortable victory. A -1 handicap is recommended for the defending champions at odds of 2.10.
Heart of Midlothian FC Form & Team News
Hearts claimed a 3-0 victory over Championship team Inverness in the semi final to secure a place in Saturday's clash. Uche Ikpeazu opened the scoring while further goals from John Souttar and Sean Clare sealed the win. They were beaten 2-1 by Celtic last time out in the Scottish Premiership.
Craig Levein's men have been poor since the win over Inverness with four defeats in their last five matches. They appear to be low on confidence and at odds or 8.50, are not favoured to triumph on Saturday while a draw is priced at 4.75.
Hearts will be without Craig Wighton who is ineligible while Steven Naismith remains sidelined with injury. The manager is also sweating on the fitness of Ikpeazu who has been battling with injury while Clare is expected to retain his place in attack.
Celtic FC Form & Team News
Celtic eased past Aberdeen 3-0 in the previous round to secure a place in the final. James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic were all on target as the Hoops reached their third straight Scottish Cup final. They are coming off a 2-1 victory at home against Hearts in their final fixture of the season.
Neil Lennon's men are attempting an unprecedented “treble treble” by adding the FA Cup to their Scottish Premiership and League cup title for a third consecutive season. They head into Saturday's clash in good form having claimed three wins from their last four matches.
A victory is priced at odds of 1.36 but having won four of the five matches against Hearts this season, a handicap bet should offer more value giving Celtics dominance.
Edouard, Rogic and Forrest were all rested in the win over Hearts last time out and should return to the starting lineup on Saturday. Forrest and Edouard have been in good form lately, combining for six goals in their last nine matches.
Hearts vs Celtic Head to Head
Celtic have a 68-18 advantage with 16 draws from 102 previous matches against Hearts. Both teams faced each other five times in the league and Cup this season with the Hoops claiming four wins, including a 5-0 victory at Parkhead in November.
Hearts vs Celtic Match Up
With Ikpeazu doubtful for Saturday's clash, Clare appears to be the only fit striker for Hearts at the moment. He has not been at his best lately and is expected to struggle against Celtic.
In contrast, Celtic have their forward players fit and in good form ahead of the final. Edouard, Rogic and Forrest are playing with plenty of confidence at the moment and should combine well to get the better of a shaky Hearts backline.
Hearts vs Celtic Key Statistics
- Hearts have lost 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
- Celtic have won 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
- Celtic have won their last 4 matches against Hearts (all competitions).
- Celtic have kept clean sheets in 4 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
Hearts have lost four of their last five matches and should be no match for Celtic who are in good form. The Hoops are on a four-match winning streak against their rivals and should secure a comfortable victory. I am recommending a -1 handicap at odds of 2.10.
Best Bet: Celtic -1 Handicap @ 2.10 at bet365 – 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: Celtic Win 2-0 @ 6.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit
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