Celtic-Hearts Betting Preview: Hosts can heap more misery on beleaguered visitors

Neil Lennon's men ran out as 7-0 winners when these sides met earlier this month and our Scottish tipster expects the Hoops to win comfortably against the Jam Tarts on Saturday
Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic will look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they take on basement boys Hearts in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.

Neil Lennon’s men thrashed the Jam Tarts 7-0 when these two sides met in the Scottish Cup at the beginning of this month and the Hoops are red-hot favourites to claim another emphatic win over Gary Locke’s side.

The hosts are chalked up at just 1/7 (1.14) with Coral to claim another three points this weekend while the Edinburgh side can be backed at a chunky 16/1 (17.0) with Coral to stun the Hoops at Celtic Park. The draw is available at 13/2 (7.50) with the same firm.

Celtic led 5-0 by half-time when these sides met in the Scottish Cup just three weeks ago and, with the Jam Tarts rooted to the foot of the Premiership table following a 15-point penalty at the start of the season for entering administration, the Hoops are expected to win comfortably here.

Unsurprisingly, Coral offer just 2/5 (1.40) that Neil Lennon’s side lead at both half-time and full-time so punters are advised to look elsewhere in search of value.

Celtic have kept three successive clean sheets in domestic competition and, with Hearts having scored just 13 goals in 16 Scottish Premiership matches so far this season, the 4/7 (1.57) quote from Coral for the home side to win-to-nil looks to represent a solid selection here.

Gary Locke’s young side have conceded at least twice in 10 of their last 12 Premiership fixtures and, with a number of key players set to sit out of the trip to Glasgow, it could be another long afternoon for the Jam Tarts at Celtic Park.

Therefore, the 10/11 (1.91) for Celtic (-2) in Coral’s handicap market would appear to represent excellent value for punters while the 13/8 (2.63) quote from the same firm for the Hoops to score at least twice in the first half also carries considerable appeal here.

Celtic (-2) to win at 10/11 (1.91) 3pts 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 betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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