Hearts vs Celtic prediction: Hearts 1-2 Celtic
Hearts host the champions in what is always a feisty affair.
Celtic are in decent form.
They’re unbeaten and have won 4 of their 6 games so far this season.
This included last Saturday’s curtain raiser at home to Livingston.
However, Hearts are in brilliant form too and they know they can beat Celtic.
In one of last season’s meetings at Tyncastle, The Jam Tarts became the first Scottish team to beat Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in a thumping 4-0 victory.
What will their latest meeting bring?
Hearts vs Celtic: Who will win?
Unsurprisingly the champions are 8/15 to leave Edinburgh with all 3 points.
The hosts are 5/1 to claim a famous win.
I’m sure Craig Levein wouldn’t be too disappointed with a draw which is 16/5.
Kyle Lafferty has previously scored 4 goals against Celtic, once for Rangers and 3 times for Hearts. He’s 8/1 to score first and 5/2 to score anytime.
Odsonne Édouard has already scored 4 times this season. He’s 10/11 to score anytime and 3/1 to break the deadlock.
Celtic and both teams to score seems a good bet at 21/10.
Hearts vs Celtic: Match Preview
Despite the fact that this is only the second league game of the season, both sides have already been busy in cup competitions.
Celtic have participated in five games in Champions League qualifying. They’ve seen off Alashkert from Armenia and Norwegian champions Rosenborg. On Wednesday they frustratingly drew with Greek champions AEK Athens 1-1 at Paradise.
This gives them a lot of work to do ahead of next Tuesday’s second leg.
As ever, the Champions League is the priority for Celtic in August but they’ll be desperate to build up some momentum in the capital.
As for Hearts, last season’s sixth place finish means they missed out on European football. However, their July schedule was filled by the Scottish League Cup group stage. They beat Cove Rangers, Cowdenbeath and Inverness as well as Raith Rovers on penalties to top group C.
They got their SPFL season off to a brilliant start too. A 4-1 win at New Douglas Park against Hamilton 7 days ago could be a sign that they’ll be challenging higher up the table this time around.
Playing Celtic is an entirely different ball game so can they pull off a shock win?
Hearts team news vs Celtic
Three youngsters are missing for the hosts. Jamie Brandon, Marcus Godinho and Harry Cochrane are all still unavailable.
Aside from that, Craig Levein has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Speculation linking Kyle Lafferty with a return to Rangers won’t go away until the 31st of August but he is expected to start this one.
The big decision for Levien surrounds his choice of formation.
In the Cup games, his side were very impressive using a 3-5-2 especially in the 5-0 win over Inverness.
Lafferty and new signing Uche Ikpeazu could cause Celtic problems as a front two as they’re both over 6 ft 3 in.
However, it would be brave to play this system but, with the game at Tyncastle, I think he will be bold.
Celtic team news vs Hearts
Last week, with AEK in mind, Rodgers rotated a little bit and is expected to do the same again. Players like Scott Sinclair, Eboue Kouassi and Jonny Hayes could get a start with Forrest, Ntcham and Rogic possibly getting a breather.
Leigh Griffiths may also get his first start of the season as he continues to come back from an injury.
Kristoffer Ajer was booked in the first leg so is suspended for Tuesday’s game in Greece.
That means Ajer will definately start and Rodgers may rotate his other centre back and give Šimunović a chance. He hasn’t played since being sent off against Alashkert.
Predicted Hearts team vs Celtic
Predicted Celtic team vs Hearts
The latest tweets from Hearts pre Celtic
🗣 Here’s what the gaffer had to say about the magnificent 2,663 Hearts support at Hamilton Accies today
— Heart of Midlothian (@JamTarts) August 4, 2018
🗣 “The Tynecastle factor is big. The form last season shows that but if we can go into every game and make it a place where players don’t want to come and play then it’s to our advantage”
Steven Naismith on the Tynecastle factor 🙌
— Heart of Midlothian (@JamTarts) August 7, 2018
The latest tweets from Celtic pre Hearts
Never got the win that we wanted last night but congratulations to captain Scott Brown on making his 100th appearance in European competition – his 95th for #CelticFC.
First Scot to do so 👏🏴 pic.twitter.com/XcT04cU2rm
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 9, 2018
THREAD ⬇️⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ObXfqfz07W
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 8, 2018
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.