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Hearts vs Celtic betting tips: Scottish Cup Final match preview & predictions

Hearts vs Celtic prediction: Hearts 0-2 Celtic

Scotland’s showpiece final is here.

Hearts are in the Scottish Cup Final for the 15th time but the first since 2012.

Back then, they hammered rivals Hibs 5-1 but that was their last piece of silverware.

Celtic though are far more used to being in finals.

They have won their last 27 domestic cup matches and are on for a treble treble.

Can Hearts end Celtic’s domestic dominance or will Neil Lennon be lifting another trophy aloft?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Olivier Ntcham of Celtic celebrates after he scores during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hearts vs Celtic: Who will win?

Hearts did beat Celtic 1-0 at Tynecastle back in August but are 17/2 to win this one in 90 minutes.

Celtic are odds on at 7/20 to be victorious in normal time.

A draw, which would force extra time, is  15/4.

Under 2.5 goals is evens.

Both teams to score no 8/13.

Celtic to win and both teams to score no is 21/20.

Hearts are 7/2 to lift the Scottish Cup; Celtic are 1/5.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 26: Dedryck Boyata of Celtic celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Hamilton at Celtic Park Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Uche Ikpeazu will lead the line for Hearts. He’s 11/1 to score first and 15/4 to add to his 8 goals this season.

Odsonne Édouard has scored 21 goals this season. He’s 14/5 to break the deadlock and 10/11 to add to his tally.

James Forrest won SFA player of the year this season. The winger is 5/1 to score first and 17/10 to get his 18th of the season.

Hearts vs Celtic: Match preview

Can Hearts end their seven year trophy drought?

In this cup run, The Jambos have beaten Livingston, Auchinleck Talbot, Partick Thistle and then Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the semi-finals.

However, taking on Celtic will be an entirely different proposition.

These two met in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Murrayfield in October.

There were 61,161 there to witness a dominant 3-0 win for the Celts, the best attended football match in Scotland for nearly 100 years.

Can they get revenge?

In the league, their season has fallen off a cliff.

After ten games, Craig Levin’s men were top with 25 points.

However, from their next 28 games they only managed to amass a further 26 points.

That saw them end up sixth, three points behind Hibs and 16 points outside the top four.

It’s been a poor season overall and this could be Craig Levin’s last match in charge.

Unless they win on Saturday, so can they turn an underwhelming season into an unforgettable one?

Karamoko Dembele

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 19: Karamoko Dembélé of Celtic in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This is how it feels to be Celtic, champions again as you know

As for Celtic, they continue to be dominant in this competition and in domestic football.

They’re yet to concede a goal in the Scottish Cup having swatted aside Airdrieonians, St Johnstone, Hibernian and Aberdeen.

They’ve also been strong defensively in the Premiership.

Based on goals conceded per game, there have only been eighth sides in Scottish top flight history with a better defence than Celtic this season.

Six of those eighth have been previous Celtic sides.

Just last weekend, Micky Johnston scored a brace as Celtic beat Hearts on trophy day at Paradise.

The hoops won their eighth successive title, finishing nine points clear of Rangers.

Can they secure a treble treble?

Hearts team news vs Celtic

Tynecastle Stadium: The home of Hearts

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 3 : A general view of Tynecastle Stadium the home of Heart of Midlothian F.C. during the Scottish Championship match between Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Hibernian F.C. at Tynecastle Stadium on January 3, 2015 in Edinburgh Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Disappointedly, Craig Levein does not have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Zdeněk Zlámal, known as Bobby, will start in goal looking for his 13th clean sheet.

Christophe Berra sat out the game at Celtic Park last weekend but will be back in to start alongside John Souttar.

They have a problem at left-back.

Demetri Mitchell has cartilage damage and Ben Garuccio is out with a cruciate ligament rupture.

19 year old Bobby Burns will get the nod in their absence.

Levin left out some of his key players last weekend but they’ll be back in.

Peter Haring comes back in to partner Oliver Bozanic.

Olly Lee is out after suffering a knee injury last weekend at Celtic.

Devastating.

Arnaud Djoum will start on the left with Jake Mulraney switching to the other side.

Up front Steven Naismith, who’s scored 14 goals this season, is out after having knee surgery.

Uche Ikpeazu will start up front and Steven MacLean is expected to partner him with out of form Sean Clare expected to be on the bench.

Can this depleted Hearts side cause an upset?

Celtic team news vs Hearts

MUNICH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 18: Kieran Tierney of Celtic runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern München and Celtic FC at Allianz Arena on October 18, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

As for Neil Lennon, this could well be his last team selection as Celtic manager.

His side mostly picks itself.

Scott Bain has been outstanding since becoming number one after the turn of the year.

He’s kept 22 clean sheets in 30 appearances this season, conceding just ten goals.

In defence, Jozo Šimunović and Kristoffer Ajer appear to be the first choice partnership.

Dedryck Boyata will join Hertha BSC next season and Filip Benković will return to his parent club Leicester.

Mikael Lustig will start at right-back in what is also likely to be his 276th and last Celtic appearance.

He’s won 15 major honours with the club.

Kieran Tierney should be fit enough to start at left-back.

In midfield, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor will be at the base of midfield.

Ryan Christie is likely to miss out with the facial injury he picked up in the semi-final.

Tom Rogic will play in the number 1o position.

Despite scoring a brace last weekend, Micky Johnston will be on the bench.

Nir Bitton, Olivier Ntcham and Ewan Henderson also started last weekend but will be left out here.

James Forrest and Scott Sinclair will start.

Last Sunday, 16 year old Karamoko Dembélé made his Celtic debut but he’s unlikely to be involved here.

Odsonne Édouard will lead the line with Oli Burke left in reserve.

Will this Celtic side complete a treble treble?

Predicted Hearts line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Heart of Midlothian line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Heart of Midlothian line-up vs Celtic.

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Hearts

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Heart of Midlothian

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Heart of Midlothian.

The latest tweets from Hearts pre Celtic

The latest tweets from Celtic pre Heart of Midlothian

Highlights of this season’s Hearts vs Celtic matches

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Scottish Premiership 2018/19 final table

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