Hearts and Celtic bring the curtain down on the domestic Scottish season when they battle it out for the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park this weekend. Plenty at stake for both clubs as Hearts go in search of their first win since the 2011/12 season, while Celtic look to become the first club in history to complete three consecutive domestic trebles. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds which can be found in our FanBoosts section.
Celtic Winners Last Time Out
These two have only just faced off on the final day of the season, with Neil Lennon’s side running out narrow 2-1 winners at Celtic Park courtesy of a goal six minutes from time.
However, both sides made plenty of changes to hand youth a run out, with Celtic implementing seven switches from the team that started against Rangers and brought on 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele at half-time, while Hearts had eight players in their line-up under the age of 22.
Olly Lee Out
Craig Levein will probably be wishing he’d also rested Olly Lee after the midfielder twisted his knee to add his name to the treatment table, with the 27-year-old their key creative hub this term as his 12 assists across all competitions is more than double the amount of anyone else in Hearts’ squad.
That’s a devastating blow to their attack, already diminished by the absence of star striker Steven Naismith.
Indeed, the former Rangers and Everton man’s influence can’t be understated as since joining the club in January 2018, Hearts have won 55% of their 31 league games in which he’s started, compared with just 13% off the 23 he hasn’t.
Meanwhile, they’ve lost just 26% with him and a whopping 70% without, as they’ve netted 55% fewer goals in his absence.
Scottish Cup Final Betting Tips
Given Hearts have lost six of eight matches since the beginning of April, with their sole victory coming over Championship outfit Inverness in the semis, we’re not exactly confident of their chances up against serial winners.
Celtic have kept a clean sheet in nine of 12 matches since the start of March, as well as in each of their last seven domestic knockout matches – including a 3-0 win over Hearts themselves in the League Cup semi-finals this term.
With that in mind, the win to nil is highly appealing at evens, though as Celtic haven’t typically been running riot under Lennon, a small wager on a repeat 2-0 score from last years’ final over Motherwell appears in order.
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