Hearts vs Celtic Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Our tipster is expecting an entertaining encounter - with goals scored at both ends - in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon

Hearts face Celtic in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Hoops are hoping to complete a clean sweep of domestic trophies for an unprecedented third successive season and, having defeated Hearts 2-1 in the of the Scottish Premiership last weekend, would welcome a similar outcome here.

Latest odds

The Scottish champions are strong favourites to win inside 90 minutes. Indeed, William Hill offer just 1/3 (1.33) that Lennnon's side are victorious inside normal time.

Hearts haven't won since defeating Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the semi-finals of this competition last month. Nevertheless, the men in maroon will believe that they are capable of upsetting the odds. William Hill offer 17/2 (9.50) that the Jam Tarts win inside 90 minutes.

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William Hill go 19/5 (4.80) that extra-time and, potentially, penalty kicks are required to decide Saturday's showpiece.

Team news

Scott Brown, Mikael Lustig and Johnny Hayes face a race to be fit to feature for the Hoops. Berlin-bound Dedryck Boyata could make a farewell appearance but Ryan Christie is definitely out.

Peter Haring, Arnaud Djoum and Uche Ikpeazu are all expected to shake off injury concerns although Olly Lee has been ruled out. Top scorer Steven Naismith is extremely unlikely to feature for the Jam Tarts, having not played in almost three months due to injury.

Preview

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The Hoops were 3-0 winners when these sides met in the League Cup semi-final earlier this season. William Hill go 21/20 (2.05) that the Scottish champions win to nil this weekend or  10/11 (1.91) that Lennon's men (-1) beat the handicap mark.

Hearts, though, have lifted the trophy at the end of each of their last three Scottish Cup final appearances. Furthermore, the Jam Tarts defeated Celtic at the semi-final stage en route to winning the competition in 2012.

It is a 7/2 (4.50) shot that Hearts secure this piece of silverware for the first time in seven years. Hearts' last two victories against the Hoops have been to nil and William Hill offer 14/1 (15.0) that Craig Levein's men make it a hat-trick at Hampden Park.

There have been at least three goals scored in seven of the last nine Scottish Cup finals. William Hill go 8/11 (1.73) that there are more than two goals scored here.

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Prediction

Indeed, there is certainly potential for Saturday's Scottish Cup final to be an entertaining encounter. Hearts have failed to find the net in just one of their last seven matches in all competitions whilst Celtic have scored in each of their last 41 matches in this competition.

Both teams, then, will fancy their chances of making their mark at Hampden Park. William Hill offer 6/5 (2.20) that there are goals for both teams on Saturday afternoon.

The selection would have landed in three of the last four Scottish Cup finals. Furthermore, there have been goals at both ends in the two matches between these sides since Lennon returned to Celtic Park in February.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Both teams to score at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2pt stake with William Hill

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