Hibernian vs Celtic betting tips: Scottish League Cup semi-final match preview & predictions

Hibernian vs Celtic prediction: Hibernian 0-3 Celtic

The first part of Scottish League Cup semi-final weekend is an all green and white affair.

Celtic have not lot a domestic cup game for 31 months and will be looking to reach yet another final.

Hibernian meanwhile last won a trophy in 2016 when they ended their 114 wait to win the Scottish Cup.

It’s a big ask but can Hibernian end Celtic’s stranglehold over trophies and book their place in next month’s final?

Highlights of Celtic 2-0 St Mirren

Highlights of Hibernian 2-2 Livingston

Highlights of Hibernian 1-1 Celtic

Hibernian vs Celtic: Who will win?

Hibernian are massive underdogs to win this one at 17/2 to claim victory in 90 minutes.

Celtic meanwhile are 2/7 to go through in normal time.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 4/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score no though is 8/11.

Celtic to win and both teams to score no is evens.

Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/11.

The Hibees are 5/1 to progress through to the final; Celtic are 1/9 to qualify.

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)

Florian Kamberi could be Hibernian’s biggest goal threat. He is 11/1 to open the scoring and 4/1 score anytime.

Scott Allan could start against his former club. He is 16/1 to score first and 11/2 to net anytime.

Odsonne Édouard scored twice on his last trip to Hampden for May’s Scottish Cup Final. French Eddy is 14/5 to break the deadlock and 10/11 to add to his goal tally.

Ryan Christie though is their top scorer this season. He is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 11/8 to score yet again.

Both Allan and Kamberi to score is 33/1.

Both Daryl Horgan and Stephen Mallan to score is 55/1.

Both Christie and Édouard to score is 4/1.

Both James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi to score is 17/2.

Hibernian vs Celtic: Match preview

Hampden Park

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JUNE 07: A general view during the Scotland training session at Hampden Park on June 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hibernian’s inconsistent and underwhelming season continues.

On Wednesday night, they hosted Livingston but found themselves 2-0 down at half time.

Cue unanimous booing at Easter Road.

But, in the second half, a Scott Allan penalty and then a 92nd minute goal from Martin Boyle saw them rescue a draw.

However, a point certainly was not enough.

That’s now five draws in a row for Paul Heckingbottom’s team who are still winless in the Premiership since the opening day win over St Mirren.

That draw though did see them climb two places into ninth, above Hearts and Hamilton.

Nevertheless, that is simply not good enough and their manager could be gone sooner rather than later.

In this competition, it’s been far from plain sailing too.

In the knockout stages, they needed extra time to see off Championship strugglers Greenock Morton at home.

Then, in the quarter-finals, they needed a penalty shootout to get past Kilmarnock after a goalless 120 minutes at Rugby Park.

However, Hibs are just one of two teams to stop Celtic from winning domestically this season with their league meeting finishing 1-1

Heckingbottom will be hoping to replicate that performance as he needs a win in this fixture more than anybody else.

Will it be a famous night at Hampden for Hibernian?

Can Celtic extend their unbeaten cup run?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 26: A fan walks past a Celtic logo prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As for Celtic, they continue their quest for domestic supremacy.

On Wednesday, they edged out St Mirren at Park Head 2-0; Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Forrest with quick-fire goals at the start of the second half.

That continued a good week after the Hoops demolished Aberdeen 4-0 at Pittodrie following their famous comeback 2-1 victory over Lazio.

Across the competitions, Celtic lead the way in the UEFA Europa League group with seven points ahead of this forthcoming midweek trip to Rome.

In the Premiership, they are top but above Rangers on goal difference alone, +27 compared to +26.

In this competition, they surprisingly needed extra time to see off Dunfermline Athletic in round two.

The quarter-finals was far more straight forward as they smashed Partick Thistle 5-0 at Park Head.

That means the Celts have now won their last 29 domestic cup matches, not losing one for 1294 days.

They clinched the treble treble in May and are not looking to loosen their grip on domestic honours.

Will Celtic be returning to Hampden in five days time for the showpiece final?

Hibernian team news vs Celtic

Hibernian live streaming

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 25: A general view of Easter Road stadium ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on August 25, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After a mixed performance on Wednesday night, Paul Heckingbottom is likely to make changes to his side.

Chris Maxwell will be in goal having started every Premiership match this season.

At centre-back, Paul Hanlon and Ryan Porteous have been a solid partnership even if they have not shown it much this season.

Right-back and captain David Gray, who scored the famous winner in Hibs’ last cup final, is out after rupturing ligaments.

Jason Naismith will continue to deputise for him.

In midfield, Vykintas Slivka is currently injured with an ankle problem.

Thus, Josh Vela will start with Melker Hallberg alongside him.

Stevie Mallan will be pushed further forward, joining Scott Allan and Daryl Horgan in an attacking trio.

Joe Newell and Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton will be the ones to be left out.

Up front, Florian Kamberi will get the nod.

Christian Doidge, who they spent big money on from Forest Green in the summer, has only scored twice in 13 appearance for the club and will be left on the bench,

Can this side upset the champions?

Celtic team news vs Hibernian

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)

As for Celtic, Neil Lennon made a few changes for Wednesday’s win over St Mirren but not as many as one might have expected.

Despite the fact they travel to Stadio Olimpico on Thursday, Lennon will not take his former club lightly.

Fraser Forster is firmly established as the number one goalkeeper.

The Southampton loanee was outstanding ten days ago in the 2-1 win over Lazio and is a class above Craig Gordon and Scott Bain.

At centre-back, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are very much the first choice centre-back partnership.

At left-back, Greg Taylor made his long-awaited debut in mid-week but Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo will be back for this one.

On the other side, Lennon has a bid decision to make.

Jeremie Frimpong was outstanding at Aberdeen last weekend, getting his first goal in green and white.

Thus, it would be a brave decision, but the 18 year old is likely to start over first-choice Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer who played on Wednesday.

The rest of the side picks its self and will be the same as all three Europa League group matches.

Callum McGregor and captain Scott Brown will anchor the midfield.

Ryan Christie is back from a two-game domestic ban and will be looking for his 13th goal of the season already.

James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi will be out-wide.

Both scored against Aberdeen on Sunday and against St Mirren on Wednesday.

Up front, as always, will be Odsonne Édouard.

French Eddy can’t stop scoring this season having netted 11 in 20 for Celtic as well as nine in four for the France U21s.

Will Celtic keep alive their hopes of a quadruple-treble?

Predicted Hibernian line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Hibernian line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Hibernian line-up vs Celtic.

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Hibernian

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Hibernian

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Hibernian.

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Highlights of Celtic 2-1 Lazio

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Highlights of Hibernian 2-2 Ross County

 

Highlights of Kilmarnock 0-0 Hibernian

The latest tweets from Hibernian pre Celtic

The latest tweets from Celtic pre Hibernian

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

Scottish Premiership table

#TeamMPWDLFADP
1Celtic1513114693740
2Rangers15122145103538
3Motherwell1710162922731
4Aberdeen178542522329
5Kilmarnock176561720-323
6Hibernian175752729-222
7Livingston174672024-418
8Ross County164571935-1617
9St Mirren1742111224-1214
10Heart of Midlothian162681627-1112
11Hamilton Academical172691630-1412
12St Johnstone152671333-2012
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