Celtic vs Hearts: Hoops ready to rewrite record books


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Kick Off: 1230, 21/05/2017

Stadium: Celtic Park

TV: Sky Sports 2

Celtic have been breaking records all season and Brendan Rodgers will be eyeing three more when they close their Scottish Premiership campaign by entertaining Hearts on Sunday.

The Hoops only need to avoid defeat to set a new highest points tally for a single term, victory would give them the most wins ever achieved and they need just two goals for a landmark total in that department.

Having won their last two games against the Jambos 5-0 and 4-0, we reckon the Bhoys will rewrite history and like 9/2 for 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 in our Celtic vs Hearts betting tips.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

The champions showed no signs of resting on their laurels when romping to a 5-0 triumph at Partick on Wednesday night, a result which extended their unbeaten domestic record to 45 games this term.

Thistle boss Alan Archibald admitted “we were lucky it was five” and Rodgers declared: “The incentive is to win and, even more important, to play well.

“If we can beat the 103 points, great. More goals, of course. To end the season with 34 wins out of 38 would be a remarkable achievement.”

There was, though, just a hint of the Hoops easing off after leading 3-0 at the break at Firhill and that could be the same here, with the Scottish Cup final still to come.

With that in mind, we like 2/1 for the hosts to score more goals in the first half as one of our Celtic vs Hearts predictions.

A Look At Hearts’ Betting Odds

Hearts failed to match last season’s fine third-placed finish when slipping down to fifth this term, suffering eight losses in a dozen games since being knocked out of the cup by neighbours Hibs.

A third straight defeat at St Johnstone in midweek increased the pressure on Ian Cathro, who was scathing of his side’s first-half performance in the 1-0 reversal at McDiarmid Park.

He moaned: “We started off okay but we became comfortable and started to fall off them – we were far too passive in our pressing. A large part of that first half was completely unacceptable.”

If the visitors allow the Hoops the same freedom, they will be made to pay and 23/4 for the champs to score three or more times in the first half could be value from the Celtic vs Hearts odds.

Additional stats

Last result:

Partick 0-5 CELTIC – Leigh Griffiths (pen), Tom Rogic, Patrick Roberts (2), Callum McGregor

St Johnstone 1-0 HEARTS

Head-to-head: Hearts 0-5 Celtic, Celtic 4-0 Hearts, Hearts 1-2 Celtic, Hearts 1-3 Celtic, Celtic 3-1 Hearts, Hearts 2-2 Celtic.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.