By William Hill
Last Updated: 23rd October 2018
The international break came at precisely the wrong time for Celtic, hot on the heels of their best domestic showing of the campaign away to St Johnstone and Brendan Rodgers’ men must attempt to pick up where they left off against Hibernian, who caused them plenty of problems last term.
Celtic vs Hibernian: Odds and Predictions
The Bhoys are trading at match betting odds of just 2/5 for a sixth successive victory in front of the Parkhead faithful and, having won all four home league games this term – they’re the kind of picks likely to be bunged indiscriminately into many a weekend accumulator.
Yet they look unsatisfactorily short for three points against Hibs, who they bested just once in Scottish Premiership action in 2017/18. A victory for Hibernian is betting at a 13/2 pick whilst the draw is priced up as a 15/4 selection.
Fortunately, the Easter Road outfit are in good form themselves, having won four in a row in the league, enabling our Celtic vs Hibernian predictions to find some value in a narrow victory for the defending champions.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Hibernian 2-1 Celtic, Celtic 1-0 Hibernian, Hibernian 2-2 Celtic, Hibernian 2-4 Celtic, Celtic 2-2 Hibernian, Hibernian 0-4 Celtic.
Celtic vs Hibernian predictions: Betting tips, correct score, best bet
Correct score prediction: Celtic to win 1-0 @ 11/2
The Bhoys were effervescent in thumping St Johnstone 6-0 at McDiarmid Park before the international break, but the outlandishness of that result was underlined by James Forrest netting four of those goals, having never previously bagged more than eight in a league campaign.
Defensive imperviousness, rather than attacking guile has underpinned their reliable Parkhead results this term and our Celtic vs Hibernian prediction for the correct score betting has done the bizo in four of their past five at the G40 stronghold.
It’s been four games since Adam Bogdan was last beaten in the Hibs nets, suggesting they’ve shored things up since a run of nine both teams to score encounters in their first dozen outings of the season prior to the quartet, so another romp for the hosts seems unlikely.
Neil Lennon’s side lost 1-0 on their last visit away trip to the Bhoys and have shipped exactly once in their last two clashes with the Old Firm club so we’re backing the Bhoys in our first round of Celtic vs Hibernian predictions.
Best bet: Celtic win and under 2.5 goals @ 5/2
A better price than the 23/20-rated home win to nil, the second of our Celtic vs Hibernian predictions offers the safety net of the hosts nabbing a second strike.
These mobs clashed five times last term, with all four Scottish Premiership encounters seeing a Hoops attack still able to draw upon the brilliance of Moussa Dembele limited to two goals or fewer.
Scorer prediction: James Forrest to score first @ 6/1
Having not 225 words ago raised eyebrows on the aspersions Forrest’s four against the Saints cast over the long-term conclusions we’re able to draw from that 6-0 win, we’re tipping the 27-year-old to notch anyhow.
After all, he’s now netted as many as Odsonne Edouard and one more than Leigh Griffiths in all competitions this term. Both of them are shorter in the first goalscorer odds here.
Forrest’s 17 strikes last term, a personal best some nine goals better than his previous mark for a campaign, suggest that his Perthshire quartet may not be quite the flash in the pan it could be mistaken for and, with his confidence likely sky high, he can get in on the act again.
More adventurous bettors can combine our predictions into first-goal scorecasts featuring the Prestwick native, with 1-0 paying a handsome 40/1 and 2-0 paying out at odds of 35/1.
Celtic vs Hibernian stats:
- After beating the Celts 2-1 in April, Hibs could win back-to-back league meetings with them for the first time since September 2007.
- After winning both of their last two league games, Celtic are looking to win three consecutive Scottish Premiership matches for only the second time in 2018, and the first since January – a run which included a 1-0 win at home to Hibs.
- The Bhoys’ Forrest netted more goals in their 6-0 win over St. Johnstone last time out (four) than he had in his previous 28 Scottish Premiership appearances combined (three).