Kick Off: 1230, 02/04/2017
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Celtic can wrap up a sixth straight Scottish Premiership title by beating Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday and few will be betting against the Glasgow giants achieving that feat.
The Hoops have gone 17 games against the Jambos without tasting defeat and it is hard to see that sequence ending when they meet in Edinburgh this weekend.
Punters can get 21/20 for the champions-elect to win by more than one goal and that is the first of our Hearts vs Celtic betting tips.
A Look At Hearts’ Betting Odds
Hearts look to have done enough to ensure they finish in the top six, but a 2-0 defeat at Aberdeen before the international break made it four losses from their last five league and cup fixtures.
Ian Cathro tried to put an upbeat slant on that Pittodrie reversal, stating: “There were some positive parts to our play. We had some opportunities and it comes down to clinical finishing, sometimes clinical defending, the ruthlessness, the quickness in dealing with things, and we suffered from that.”
However, Cathro has now suffered eight defeats in 17 games since taking charge and Hearts have failed to score in three of their last four league games, including a 1-0 loss to Ross County on home turf.
Celtic can be backed at 7/5 to win to nil here.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Celtic were never in danger of surrendering their unbeaten tag in the Premiership this season when prevailing 2-1 at Dundee last time out, even after Faissal El Bakhtaoui pulled one back for the hosts when firing in a 25-yard stunner on 76 minutes.
“We deserved the victory, even if it was a bit closer in the end than it should have been,” insisted Brendan Rodgers. “There is competition to see who can maybe be the first team to beat Celtic, but we can only apply ourselves as well as we possibly can. I’ve told the players not to worry about being ‘invincibles’ – my worry is just to play the best football we can.”
Getting this close to an unbeaten campaign has to give the Hoops even more incentive to stay focused, though, and January’s 4-0 home win over Hearts shows the gulf in class between these two teams.
Celtic were often just one more pass away from breaking Dundee open and they are 7/5 to be a bit more clinical at Tynecastle by scoring at least three goals.
Aberdeen 2-0 HEARTS
Dundee 1-2 CELTIC – Jozo Simunovic, Stuart Armstrong
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