Hibernian-Celtic Betting Preview: Hoops set to inflict Hampden heartache on Hibees

Neil Lennon's side travel to Hampden Park as hot favourites to lift the Scottish Cup on Sunday and Willie Duncan expects the Hoops to claim a comfortable win
Scottish Premier League champions Celtic will look to secure a domestic double on Sunday afternoon when they take on Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park.

The Hoops are warm favourites at 2/5 (1.40) with William Hill to win the match inside 90 minutes while the same firm offer just 2/9 (1.22) that the Glasgow side lift the trophy that they last collected in 2011.

Hibernian have not won the Scottish Cup since 1902 and the Edinburgh side will be hoping to erase memories of last year’s final when they were humiliated 5-1 by capital rivals Heart of Midlothian.

The Hibees are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions and will travel to Hampden in confident mood. 

Nevertheless, William Hill offer a chunky 15/2 (8.50) that Hibs claim victory inside 90 minutes while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that Pat Fenlon’s men lift the trophy.

Draw backers may be tempted by William Hill’s 100/30 (4.33) quote that the final ends in stalemate.

As always, William Hill have produced a couple of “headline offers” for the showpiece occasion and the chunky 12/1 (13.0) quote for Hibernian’s Leigh Griffiths to score at any time in a win for his side is sure to attract plenty of support.

Griffiths, who has scored 28 goals for the Hibees this term, is a potent goal threat and will be celebrating his call-up to the Scotland squad earlier this week.

For Celtic, Kris Commons, who announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, is chalked up at 3/1 (4.0) to score at any time in a win for the Hoops – a price which is certainly tempting given that the 29-year-old hit a double against the Hibees in the Scottish Premier League last month.

Celtic are overwhelming favourites to claim victory and come into this match in top form, having scored eight goals without reply in their last two Premier League fixtures and the high-flying Hoops can be trusted to maintain that form against the Hibees on Sunday.

William Hill’s quote of 17/20 (1.85) for Neil Lennon’s men (-1) in the handicap market is outstanding value against a Hibernian side that has shipped eight goals in their last two visits to Hampden and punters are advised to back the Hoops here.

Hibernian, though, do possess a real goal threat in the shape of the in-form Griffiths and, with that in mind, the 9/4 (3.25) quote for Celtic to win and both teams to score is the value pick for Sunday’s cup final clash.

Celtic (-1) at 17/20 (1.85) with William Hill
Celtic to win and both teams to score at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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