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Hibernian v Celtic
Celtic will look to strengthen their league title bid when they head to Hibernian on Wednesday evening after slowing up, in terms of their league form, in the last few months. We have SPFL accumulator tips for you to get your teeth into and our consistent Scottish Football betting tips are sure to provide value bets for each gameweek.
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By the time that Celtic kick off their Scottish Premiership encounter against Hibs at Easter Road, there is a chance that Brendan Rodgers’ side could have been knocked off top spot in the standings for the very first time this season.
There is, therefore, significant pressure on the Hoops to go to Edinburgh and turn in a convincing performance against a Hibs side who are themselves starting to come under scrutiny after a poor run of results. The home side have won only two of their last nine games, with those wins coming away to bottom side Livingston and League Two outfit Forfar in the Scottish Cup.
While the home side are struggling for form, the pressure on Celtic has been cranked up internally because of the board’s lacklustre approach to the January transfer window. While Rangers have bolstered their squad, the Hoops were slow to act and added only a couple of uninspiring additions to Rodgers’ unit.
Celtic’s players will, therefore, have to take it upon themselves to prove the doubters among their supporters wrong.
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🏆 Match stats: Celtic to win with some to spare
Although Celtic have not been at their best in recent weeks, they have still been winning games, and against a Hibs team that has lost three of its last four at home, the odds on the visitors to win at 1.3 look generous.
There is evidence to suggest that Celtic will be able to win with some to spare in this game, too. Hibs have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four league matches, and though they managed to score two of their own in a draw with Kilmarnock, a red card to their opponents changed the flow of that match.
Moreover, Celtic have a history of winning this fixture comfortably when they have taken the points. Easter Road has proven an awkward venue for the Hoops in the recent past, winning only one of their last four, but five of their last six wins against the Hibees have been by at least two goals. Indeed, three of their last four victories have seen them find the net four times.
Unsurprisingly, this is historically a fixture that produces goals. Seven of the last 10 have seen over 2.5 goals and the probability is that this will be another high-scoring affair.
⚽ Celtic to win @ 1.30
⚽ Celtic (-1.5 handicap) @ 1.91
⚽ Over 2.5 goals @ 1.50
🎯 Shooting stats: O’Riley and Youan ones to watch
A Hibs v Celtic bet builder is dependent on how much rotation is employed by the respective managers, with the visitors potentially eyeing offensive alterations after Adam Idah and Nicolas Kuhn combined for the equalising goal at the weekend. Both could start, with Luis Palma the likeliest of the offensive trio to survive midweek changes.
Matt O’Riley, meanwhile, plays almost every available minute in a forward-thinking midfield role and is likely to muster at least one shot on target at 1.30. Liel Abada looks excellent value at 1.36 for one ior more shots on target given he averages 2.18 every 90 minutes this season, but he is liable to be rotated out of the team, making this a much less attractive offer.
In a similar vein to O’Riley, Callum McGregor plays more minutes than any other Celtic player and the price of 2.63 is worth some consideration given he averages 1.5 shots per game away from home in the league this season.
The best value from a Hibs perspective is Emiliano Marcondes, who has 0.85 shots on target per 90, but a price of 2.30. His sample size is small, however. Elie Youan looks a safer option at 1.83, particularly given he is the type of player who could create something from nothing and will be given the responsibility to lead counter-attacks.
⚽ Matt O’ Riley to have 1+ shots on target @ 1.30
⚽ Emiliano Marcondes to have 1+ shots on target @ 2.30
⚽ Elie Youan to have 1+ shots on target @ 1.83
🛑 Fouls stats: Rotation could give Ralston his chance
Hibs are likely to be put under pressure for much of the game, with significant potential for a high foul count. The Hibees went down tamely 3-0 just a matter of weeks ago against Rangers, committing a meagre six fouls in that game, and the home crowd will demand a more competitive performance in this match.
Joe Newell will lead the charge in this regard. The combative midfielder is priced at just 1.13 to make a foul, so better value is on offer at 3.10 for him to add to his tally of seven yellow cards for the season. Wingers Myziane Maolida and Elie Youan at 1.40 and 1.50 respectively also look good value given they will be expected to press and harry their opponents at every opportunity.
For a Celtic bet builder, Anthony Ralston is an interesting bet. Should he start the match, at 1.33, he represents outstanding value. He has twice played against Hibs this season and has committed four fouls in just 97 minutes. He was used off the bench in Aberdeen, suggesting he is in Rodgers’ thinking.
Luis Palma, meanwhile, has not gone three matches without committing a foul since arriving at the club and has not committed an infringement in his last two outings. He is also priced at 1.33.
⚽ Elie Youan to commit 1+ fouls @ 1.50
⚽ Joe Newell to be carded @ 3.10
⚽ Anthony Ralston to commit 1+ fouls @ 1.33
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* All odds displayed correct at the time of publishing.
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