When it comes to Celtic v Hearts matches, home advantage is definitely a telling factor.
While Hearts have a great record against Neil Lennon’s side at Tynecastle, their record in Glasgow leaves a lot to be desired.
Hearts have beaten Celtic at Tynecastle three times in the last five meetings – a great record by SPL standards – but haven’t won at Celtic Park in the SPL since April 2007.
Last season they lost 4-0 and 3-0 on their two visits to Glasgow’s East End and as they prepare to enter the lion’s den again on Saturday, the circumstances couldn’t be any less conducive to turning this record around.
Hearts’ continuing financial troubles mean that the majority of the first team players remain unpaid for November and December, during which time they have picked up only four points from a possible 12.
You have to go back six meetings between the sides to find a game when both teams scored in the match, and therefore odds of 3/5 on at least one of the sides drawing a blank on Saturday look quite appealing.
Celtic, on the other hand, have won five on the spin in the SPL, conceding just two goals in the process.
It is hardly surprising, then, that Celtic are 7/25 with bwin to pick up all three points on Saturday, while Hearts are huge outsiders at 9/1, with the draw available at 4/1.
Betting on a Celtic victory is sensible but doesn’t really represent good value for money, so it might pay to look at some of the other bets on offer for this one.
For example, you have to go back six meetings between the sides to find a game when both teams scored in the match, and therefore odds of 3/5 on at least one of the sides drawing a blank on Saturday look quite appealing.
Alternatively, you can also find odds of 18/25 on Hearts failing to score and 91/100 on Celtic winning to nil.
Perhaps the best offer available, however, is odds of 13/10 on Celtic winning 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 in the multiple correct score market. Punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com to back this outcome stand to win £57.50 if successful.
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