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Hibernian vs. Celtic Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
6 February 2024, 08:24

This season, the teams ended their first head to head match with a draw 0-0. However, the match was under full domination of Celtic (71%-29% in possession, 21-6 shots) and only luck and goalkeeping skills saved Hibernian from the loss. This however did not go well in the second round, where the Celts cruised over Hibernian with a comfortable 4:1 win using all of their chances. Heading to the third head to head match of the season, Celtic is still in first place but have lost their advantage to Rangers to only one point. 

Given that the Celts do not participate in play off rounds of any European Cups, being relegated from UEFA Champions League in the group stage from the 4th place, thus missing qualification to the Europa League, all of attention is given to the Scottish Premier League. Brandon Rogers understands that failure to win the tournament will be understood as a huge setback and may lead to his discharge. Hibernian is currently in 7th place and continues its fight to qualify for the Championship round at the end of the season. The team shares points with the sixth-placed Dundee and has all the prospects to end up in the top 6. 

Hibernian vs. Celtic Preview 

Hibernian Preview

Hibernian approaches this match not in a very good mood - the Hibees last win in the SPL was in the beginning of December - after that the team got 4 losses and 2 draws. The winless streak will definitely affect the players in the face of the best Scottish team coming to Easter Park. Judging by Hibernian vs. Celtic odds bookmakers also do not believe in the hosts, even given the last head to head matches with Celtic, where the Hibees got points in 3 out of 4 last games.

Celtic Preview

Brenan Rogers is coming to Edinburgh after losing points against Aberdeen (1:1) in the last match. The Celts continue to focus on dominance and vertical pressure, regardless of the opponent and the score on the board but at the same time, Celtic sometimes struggled with closed-defence teams, like it was in the first round with Hibernian. In the upcoming match, with all the best attacking players available, the problem with creating chances will probably go away, given that key stars, Kyogo Furuhashi and Matt O’Riley are in very good form. Celtic will most likely dominate the course of the match and are eager to get back on the winning ways after an unwelcome draw in the last round.

Betting Tips for Hibernian vs. Celtic

Handicap Celtic (-1.5)

Given the desire of Celtic to increase the decreasing gap with Rangers, the team is motivated to strike a comfortable win in this match. Rodgers’s team did not lose in 7 games in a row and is the best away team in the championship. Despite the unfavourable results in the last games at Easter Road, this time there is going to be a different match and Celtic will do its best to secure a comfortable win. This Hibernian vs. Celtic tip is evaluated by the odds of 1.87 by William Hill.

Total Under 3.5 Goals

Despite the obvious favourite of the match, it does not necessarily mean a lot of goals scored in this match. Celtic, playing away games, has beaten this total only once in the last 7 matches (with a fourth goal in stoppage time). Hibernian is likely to play in a closed-defence style, which will also contribute to the shortage of goals. William Hill gives 1.68 for this outcome.

First Half Winner - Celtic

Celtic is one of the best teams in the league in terms of winning first halves. In the last 5 matches, the Celts won their first half on 4 occasions. At the same time, Hibernian has lost in the first half in 4 out of their last 5 games. Given the current weak form of the team, there is little hope that this match will not be an easy road for the Celts. William Hill evaluates this Hibernian vs. Celtic prediction with odds of 1.69.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.