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Hearts v Celtic Betting Tips (Saturday, May 25)

Celtic lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy for an eighth consecutive year last weekend, but their 2018/19 campaign is far from over because they have one more task that could result in them writing their names in the record books. With the League Cup trophy and the Scottish Premiership silverware in the bag, the Hoops now need to win the Scottish Cup on Saturday to become the first time in the history of the domestic game to complete a clean sweep of silverware in three consecutive seasons. So can they get the job done at Hampden Park?

Providing the opposition are a club who have upset the Hoops on a few occasions in recent years. Hearts ended Celtic’s sensational unbeaten streak under Brendan Rodgers when they walloped the green-and-white half of Glasgow 4-0 back in December 2017, and they were at it again back in early August when Kyle Lafferty shot down Rodgers’ side just days before departing Tynecastle for boyhood club Rangers. So as you can see, the Jambos are no strangers to upsetting Celtic, but the problem is that early-season their record against the champions has been, quite frankly, poor.

Celtic have won four straight meetings between the two clubs and a couple of them have been via very convincing scorelines – a 3-0 success in the nation’s capital back in October was followed up by a 5-0 demolition of Craig Levein’s side in early November. Hearts kept it much closer when the two teams went head-to-head on the final day of the league campaign, but very little can be read into that 2-1 victory for the Hoops because both teams left out key men for what was essentially a ‘dead rubber’ at Celtic Park.

Interim Celtic boss Neil Lennon made no less than seven changes to the team that were beaten by Rangers a week earlier, but those men who were left out will be back for the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park and therefore it is very difficult to look past the Hoops for this clash. However, I am not convinced that we will see a repeat of that 5-0 success back in November. While Celtic’s form has been pretty solid since Lennon returned in the wake of Rodgers’ departure for Leicester City, they have not been blowing teams away and they have not been a particularly potent attacking force. They have, however, been finding a way to get the job done and I expect to see more of the same here.

My second selection is to back James Forrest to find the back of the net at some point in the Scottish Cup Final. The Scotland international has enjoyed a career-best season in front of goal, netting 17 goals in all competitions, and a good amount of his success has come against Hearts. Forrest was on target as Celtic blitzed Hearts in the second half of their League Cup semi-final tie last October and he got himself on the scoresheet again a few weeks later when the Hoops decimated the Jambos 5-0 at Celtic Park. The 27-year-old then completed a hat-trick of goals against Hearts this season by scoring Celtic’s opener in the 2-1 win at Tynecastle back in February, and it is this track record against the Edinburgh outfit that makes Forrest a very tempting anytime goalscorer selection.


Previous Scottish Cup/League Cup Betting Tips

RoundTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5Profit/Loss:
10pt Stake
SLC Last-16Celtic -1 to win @ 8/13Aberdeen win to nil @ 6/4Hearts win & +1.5 total goals @ 21/20Rangers win & -4,5 total goals @ 23/20Hibs win & both teams to score @ 9/4+45.15
SLC QFAberdeen to win @ 7/4Hearts win to nil @ 2/1Rangers -2 to win @ 7/5Celtic -1 to win @ 13/10-U16
SLC SFCeltic & +2.5 total goals @ 6/5Rangers & both teams to score @ 11/4---+2
SLC FinalCeltic -1 to win @ 13/10Aberdeen not to score @ 11/10---+1
SC RD4Rangers -2 to win @ EVS - MATCH POSTPONEDHibs win & +3.5 total goals @ 13/10Celtic -3 to win : 15/8--+3
SC RD4Aberdeen -2 to win @ 13/10Queen of the South to win @ 17/10Rangers -3 to win @ 7/4--+20
SC RD5Rangers win & both teams to score @ 12/5Celtic win to nil @ 5/6Hearts -3 to win @ 2/1--+18.33
SC RD5 (Replays)Inverness v Ross - +2.5 total goals @ EVSMorelos scores & Rangers win @ EVS---+20
SC QFCeltic win & both teams to score @ 11/5Rangers & +1.5 total goals @ 8/5Hearts -1 to win @ 11/8--U30
SC QF (Replays)Hearts to win @ 11/10Rangers v Aberdeen - Under 2.5 total goal @ EVS---+21
SC SFHearts win & both teams to score @ 12/5Celtic to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 @ 7/4---+7.50
Running Profit+91.98

SCOTTISH CUP LIVE STREAMING & IN-PLAY BETTING (18+. T&CS APPLY)

One of the biggest changes in football betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live football matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed matches from across the globe every single week, and customers now have access to matches in the Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cup.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

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BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE SCOTTISH CUP & LEAGUE CUP

There is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cups, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cup, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? Are matches live streamed? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

Scottish Cup Free Bets & Sign-Up Offers

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Scottish Cup Bookmaker Offers

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SCOTTISH CUP BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON OUTRIGHT MARKETS

Outright betting on the Scottish Cup & Scottish Cup remains a great way to make a profit while betting on Scottish football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

Scottish Cup & League Cup outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on potential winners, finalists etc, and these Scottish Cup prediction markets and Scottish League Cup prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

Scottish Cup Winner & Scottish League Cup Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will lift the famous trophy at the end of the Scottish Cup Final/Scottish League Cup Final. The usual suspects – Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen – are at the head of the betting and while a couple of those clubs will be available at backable odds prior to the start of the competition, Celtic’s recent dominance of the domestic scene means there is not much appeal in this market.

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the Scottish Cup or League Cup Trophy. This market offers an opportunity to make a nice profit because there is added risk – you will need two teams to reach the final, and not one, for this bet to be a winner. Celtic may have dominated the scene in recent years, but even the shortest priced final could be available at backable odds because the other half of the final line-up is well and truly up for grabs. But of course, once the action begins, those odds could shorten quickly.

To Reach Final

This Scottish Cup/League Cup betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to make the final. Fancy Aberdeen to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will lift the trophy? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before, they will get shorter as the competition unfolds.

SCOTTISH CUP & LEAGUE CUP BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON MATCHES

Betting on Scottish Cup & League Cup matches has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single game – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit?

Bettingpro.com offers Scottish Cup & League Cup betting tips for matches in both of these competitions and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…

Winner

Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.

Handicap

The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Celtic are 4/7 to beat Hibernian and that price may offer very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back the Hoops to win, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Celtic -2 to win the match is available at 4/1. So what does the -2 mean? It means Hibernian will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Celtic must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Celtic will win by a single goal so you could go Hibernian +2, which is available at 1/2. That means if Celtic win the match 1-0 on the field, Hibernian will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.

Half-Time/Full-Time

Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Kilmarnock and Aberdeen will be drawing at half-time but fancy Aberdeen to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Aberdeen, which is currently available at 5/1 This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Celtic to win by 1 goal, Celtic to win by 2 goals, Celtic to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Celtic to beat Hibernian at 4/7, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Celtic to win by 2 goals in this instance would offer a higher, and more appealing, price of 15/4.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Rangers to beat Hearts but want a bigger price than 4/9. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 5/2 on Rangers to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Hearts to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Rangers host Hearts you may be expecting the Gers to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Rangers/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 27/20. It does not matter if Rangers win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even regular goalscorers will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

SCOTTISH CUP HISTORY

SCOTTISH CUP RECORDS

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS: Celtic - 38

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL DEFEATS: 18 - Celtic, Rangers

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL APPEARANCES: Celtic - 57

MOST CONSECUTIVE SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS: 3 - Queen's Park (1874, 1875, 1876), Vale of Leven (1877, 1878, 1879), Queen's Park (1880, 1881, 1882), Rangers (1934, 1935, 1936), Rangers (1948, 1949, 1950), Rangers (1962, 1963, 1964), Aberdeen (1982, 1983, 1984)

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS BY A MANAGER: Willie Maley - 14

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS BY A PLAYER: Bobby Lennox - 8

HIGHEST SCORING SCOTTISH CUP FINAL: 7 Goals - Renton 6-1 Cambuslang (1887/88), Celtic 4-3 Queen's Park (1899/00), Hearts 4-3 Celtic (1900/01), Celtic 6-1 Hibernian (1971/72), Motherwell 4-3 Dundee United (1990/91)

BIGGEST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WIN: Rangers 5-0 St Mirren (1933/34), Celtic 6-1 Hibernian (1971/72)

SCOTTISH CUP WINNERS

CUPS WONTEAM
38Celtic
33Rangers
10Queens Park
8Heart of Midlothian
7Aberdeen
3Hibernian
3Kilmarnock
3Vale of Leven
3St Mirren
3Clyde
2Dundee United
2Motherwell
2Third Lanark
2Falkirk
2Dunfermline Athletic
2Renton
1Dumbarton
1Dundee
1Airdrieonians
1East Fife
1Greenock Morton
1Partick Thistle
1Inverness Caledonian Thistle
1St Johnstone
1St Bernard's

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP HISTORY

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP RECORDS

MOST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL WINS: Rangers - 27

MOST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL DEFEATS: Celtic - 15

MOST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL APPEARANCES: Rangers - 34

MOST CONSECUTIVE SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL WINS: Celtic - 5 (1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70)

HIGHEST SCORING SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL: 9 Goals - Celtic 6-3 Hibernian (1974/75)

BIGGEST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL WIN: Celtic 7-1 Rangers (1957/58)

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP WINNERS

CUPS WONTEAM
27Rangers
17Celtic
6Aberdeen
4Heart of Midlothian
3Hibernian
3Dundee
3East Fife
2Dundee United
1Kilmarnock
1Partick Thistle
1St Mirren
1Motherwell
1Raith Rovers
1Ross County
1Livingston

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