Hearts - Celtic Betting Preview: Lennon's men set to march on at Tynecastle

The Hoops are hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership season and our tipster expects them to claim three points against Gary Locke's side
Celtic will look to maintain their solid start to the Scottish Premiership season when they travel to Tynecastle to take on Heart of Midlothian on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Stokes’ late strike against Dundee United at Tannadice secured a narrow 1-0 victory for Neil Lennon’s side in their last outing and the Hoops are chalked up at just 4/9 (1.44) with Coral to claim all three points in Edinburgh this weekend.

Gary Locke’s Jam Tarts started the season cut adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table, having received a 15 point penalty for entering administration during the summer, but the Tynecastle side have made a decent start to the campaign, clawing back seven points in their opening five fixtures.

Indeed, Hearts have enjoyed victory in both league matches on home soil thus far this term but the challenge presented by the Scottish champions is likely to be far tougher.

Therefore, it is unsurprising to see the hosts chalked up at a chunky 6/1 (7.0) with Coral to make it three home wins in succession when the Hoops visit Tynecastle. The same firm go 100/30 (4.33) that the match ends in stalemate.

Neil Lennon’s men ran out as 4-0 winners on the previous two occasions that the sides have gone head-to-head in the capital and, with Gary Locke’s squad severely depleted by the effects of administration, the Hoops will expect a comfortable victory ahead of their trip to take on Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

With that in mind, the even money (2.0) quote from Coral for Celtic to lead at both half-time and full-time looks to represent excellent value and should be snapped up accordingly by punters here.

It is worth noting, though, that the Hoops enjoyed low-scoring victories over both Aberdeen and Dundee United in their previous away games in the league this season and, with Wednesday’s clash in Milan looming large, a determined Hearts side can keep things tight.

Therefore, the 11/10 (2.10) quote from Coral for fewer than three goals to be scored would appear to represent decent value.

Those seeking to back bigger prices should consider the correct score market, with Coral’s 11/2 (6.50) quote for the Hoops to record a 2-0 win the value play ahead of Saturday afternoon’s tussle at Tynecastle.

Celtic to lead at half-time and full-time at even money (2.0) 2pts stake with Coral Celtic to win 2-0 at 11/2 (6.50) 0.5pt stake with Coral

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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