Celtic take their first step on what they hope is the road to redemption in the Scottish Premiership away to Hearts on Saturday night. The Bhoys are 7/4 with William Hill to wrestle the title back from fierce rivals Rangers this season, as they go in search of a strong start at Tynecastle.
Where and when: Tynecastle Park – 31 July, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Hearts vs. Celtic: Sky Sports
Last time: These clubs last met in a Scottish Cup tie last December, with Celtic beating Hearts on penalties following an entertaining 3-3 draw after extra time.
Hearts v Celtic Predictions and Preview
Heart of Midlothian return to the top flight after winning the Scottish Championship last season. The Jam Tarts have a tough task on their hands straight away, although there will be a raucous home support inside Tynecastle as Scottish fans make their Premiership return this weekend.
Celtic are a wounded animal after losing their crown to Rangers last season. The Hoops were denied a tenth straight title by their local rivals, with new manager Ange Postecoglou looking to reignite the fire over on the green and white side of Glasgow.
The Celts haven’t had an easy build-up to their league opener, following Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier away to Midtjylland. A 6-2 humiliation at home to Premier League side West Ham United was sandwiched by the European double-header, while the Hoops also lost 1-0 in a friendly against Preston North End prior to that.
The Bhoys were a distant second in last season’s title race, finishing a gigantic 25 points behind Rangers. They need to put that out of their minds straight away, and get plenty of early points on the board this time round to stop the Teddy Bears pulling away with ease once again.
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As such, the visitors are the 11/18 favourites for the win in these Hearts v Celtic predictions. The Hoops have won all nine of their most recent matches against the Jambos in all competitions, scoring 27 goals and conceding seven in the process.
The home team are 6/1 in this Hearts v Celtic preview, as they go in search of their first victory over the Bhoys since a 1-0 triumph at Tynecastle in August 2018. The Jam Tarts recorded a resounding 4-0 victory over the Hoops on home soil the year before that, and this surely represents a decent opportunity to dig out another victory over the Glasgow giants.
Even so, a draw would still be a solid result for the hosts, and a good way to start on their return to the top tier. That’s priced at 10/3 with William Hill, while if you think this opening fixture will end in a goalless draw, you can back that outcome at 13/1.
One to watch for Hearts: Liam Boyce was the Jambos’ top scorer last term with 14 goals in 25 Championship appearances, and the hosts will need him to step up in the Premiership. The Northern Irish striker is 17/2 to open the scoring in this Hearts v Celtic prediction.
One to watch for Celtic: The Hoops have managed to keep star striker Odsonne Edouard this summer, in a key piece of business. The 23-year-old Frenchman scored 22 goals in 40 appearances last season and is the 10/3 favourite to break the deadlock on Saturday.
Long shot: The aggregate score over the last nine meetings between these clubs is 27-7 to Celtic, averaging out at exactly three goals for the Hoops and 0.8 for Hearts. A 3-1 Celts victory is 12/1 in these Hearts v Celtic tips, rising to 51/1 with Edouard scoring first.