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Hoops to clinch title? Get Scottish Premiership tips for April 20-21

Leigh Copson 16 Apr 2019
Celtic (credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images)

Scottish Premiership predictions for the weekend of April 20-21. Could Celtic wrap up the Scottish Premiership title this weekend, and will Dundee keep alive their fading hopes of staying in the top flight for another season? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Hearts v Rangers (Saturday 12:00 BST)

Rangers’ response to their Old Firm meltdown has been emphatic with impressive performances in back-to-back 3-0 wins over Hearts and Motherwell, but it really is a case of too little, too late in terms of the title race and we all know that finishing second is like finishing last in Glasgow. Finishing third would be considered a disaster for Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge, so can the Gers at least sign off for the summer on a high? They have three home fixtures to come in their final five outings, but before that there is the small matter of a trip to face a Hearts side who will be in buoyant mood after booking a trip to the Scottish Cup Final. However, that victory cannot take away from the fact Craig Levein’s men have been in poor form in the league recently. They did manage a home win over Hearts in late March, but they have now lost three of their last four games and they enter this match against Rangers having lost all three of their meetings with the Glasgow giants this season and each of the last six. In fact, Hearts have not beaten Rangers for over two years so I have to like the visitors’ chances of extending their streak against the Jambos here. I also expect to see goals because seven of the last nine meetings have produced three or more.

St Johnstone v Dundee (Saturday 15:00 BST)

St Johnstone’s woeful run of form between late January and early March put paid to their chances of being in the top half of the table when the split occurred, so now Tommy Wright’s side are merely playing for pride during the final few weeks of the season. The same cannot be said for Saturday’s visitors Dundee, who are desperately running out of time in their fight for top-flight survival. Jim McIntyre’s men are rock-bottom in the table, three points off the relegation play-off place and seven points from safety, so this trip to McDiarmid Park has to be considered a must-win affair for them. However, winning is something they have failed to do for much of this season. Dundee have managed only four wins during the campaign so far and they go into this match having lost seven straight in the top flight while scoring in only two of those games. St Johnstone, meanwhile, have been riding a rollercoaster of form in recent weeks, but they have now won each of their last two home games, including a 2-0 victory at home to Dundee a couple of weeks ago, and I expect we will see more of the same here.

Hibernian v Celtic (Sunday 12:30 BST)

Last weekend proved to be a successful one for Celtic as they booked their place in the Scottish Cup Final to stay on course for an historic ‘treble treble’, and this weekend they will possibly have an opportunity to move a step closer by adding the Scottish Premiership trophy to the League Cup silverware they lifted several months ago. The maths are simple – Celtic will officially be crowned champions on Sunday if they beat Hibernian and Rangers fail to beat Hearts 24 hours earlier. I have already backed the Gers to make their rivals wait this weekend, but can the Hoops at least fulfil their half of the deal at Easter Road? Hibernian have enjoyed some success against Celtic in recent years and did run out 2-0 winners when the Hoops visited the Scottish capital last December, but it is always very difficult to go against the green-and-white half of Glasgow and even though they have not been at their peak since ex-Hibs boss Neil Lennon took the reins on an interim basis, they have continued to rack up results. Odsonne Edouard has played his part by chipping in with six goals in his last nine appearances and half of them have been important strikes in matches away from Celtic Park, so I am backing him to play a goal-scoring role in a win for the Hoops on Sunday. 

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