Celtic could find themselves four points behind SPL rivals Rangers by the time they walk out on to the pitch at Tynecastle tomorrow.
Should that be the case, nothing short of a win will be acceptable for Neil Lennon’s men if they are to be crowned kings of Scotland and earn the right to strut their stuff in next year’s Champions League.
If Rangers can overcome Dundee United tonight and Celtic slip up against Hearts, the reality is the SPL crown will go to the blue side of Glasgow and the Bhoys will be forced to make do with Europa League football.
As such, the Hoops are much fancied to come out on top in this second-meets-third tie, with bwin pricing the away win at 11/25.
However, Hearts have proven a resilient side of late and have carved out a reputation as draw specialists. Jim Jefferies’ side drew five consecutive matches before losing 4-0 to Rangers last time out.
With their eyes firmly on a Europa League spot, the home side will provide Neil Lennon’s charges with a stern test and can be backed to produce another stalemate at 31/10.
Football betting enthusiasts looking to make money on the SPL can also find odds of 19/4 for Hearts to cause an upset and have a real say in where the SPL trophy ends up this year.
With everything left to play for, Celtic fans could be tempted to place a wager on the Hoops emerging victorious in their hunt for the league title.
Celtic offer punters the chance to treble their cash, with bwin offering odds of 2/1 on the Celtic Park outfit winning the SPL outright.
Those looking to bet on an alternative outcome can find odds of 7/20 on the trophy being paraded around Ibrox at the end of the year.
If Hearts are to prove a thorn in the side of their visitors, then Rudi Skacel and Stephen Elliott will need to be in fine form.
Seven-goal striker Kevin Kyle is still sidelined with what could be a career-threatening hip injury so the goals will need to come from the hosts’ other attacking options.
However, Celtic boast a prolific forward line of their own with Gary Hooper, Anthony Stokes and Kris Commons all in double figures.
The latter hit the winner in the Bhoy’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock last time out and will be looking to add to his tally and fire his side to SPL glory.
Punters looking to back Celtic all the way would see £79.06 returns off a £10 bet on the Hoops to both win the second half in the match against Hearts and go on to lift the SPL trophy.
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