Hearts v Celtic: Followers of the formbook get double-figure odds for a third 3-1 win in-a-row

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Neutrals hoping for another free-scoring contest
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Week two gets started at Tynecastle where Hearts hope to hold onto top-spot. Betfair's Scottish football writer Frankie Monkhouse puts his trust in the trends and shoots for a big price...

"Hearts and Celtic met four times last season with 17 goals scored. Both teams found the net in each of the last two"

Hearts v Celtic
Saturday, 12.30pm
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Jambos looking to hold their ground

Top plays third in week two of the Scottish Premiership season as Hearts host Celtic at Tynecastle in an early afternoon kick-off. The pre-match odds suggest the locals are up against it here, but they lead the way with one result in the books, having hammered Hamilton 4-1 at New Douglas Park last weekend.

They also boast a stunning 4-0 win over the champions at this venue late last year.

Craig Levein's side were again written off by traders heading into that December meeting but they met their opponents head-on, attacking from the first whistle, pressing the ball high up the park and taking the chances that came their way. Goals for Harry Cochrane, Kyle Lafferty and a Manuel Milinkovic double sealed a jaw-dropping victory.

Striker Lafferty is rumoured to be a target in the Steven Gerrard revolution and the 30-year-old would do himself no harm getting on the scoresheet again here.

Rodgers must rotate following a tough midweek

Brendan Rodgers' side have enjoyed a fantastic start to the new season with The Hoops beating Alashkert and Rosenborg in the Champions League as well as Livingston as they unveiled the flag at Parkhead seven days ago. Rogic, Edouard and Ntcham were on the scoresheet to better a Livi Lions led by Kenny Miller who looked out of their depth despite Robinson grabbing a consolation in stoppage-time.

The champion's attack hit the ground running this summer and each of their first three home matches in all competitions ended with three goals scored - 3-1 Livingston and Rosenborg, 3-0 Alashkert. The head-to-head figures between these top-flight rivals suggest we're in for another free-scoring 90 minutes and neutrals tuning into Sky Sports hope this renewal follows the trends.

The right result could see Celtic topple their opponents and secure an early lead in the title race, opening a five-point gap over Old Firm rivals Rangers who welcome St Mirren on Sunday. That'll certainly ask questions of Gerrard's new-look side.

Jam Tarts price looks a treat

This will be Celtic's second competitive fixture in three days, having hosted AEK Athens in the Champions League in midweek. It may be very early in the season but there will be a few aching legs in the dressing room and that'll give encouragement to the home support. It doesn't wash with punters however and the away day is circling [1.53] favourite on the Betfair Exchange.

Spirits are high amongst those wearing the famous maroon and if the locals can match the efforts of December they will surely rattle Celtic again. That's a big ask, of course, but there will be a fair share of punters happy to take a chance on a stunning [6.2] about a Jam Tarts upset. The draw doesn't appear much more likely at [4.2].

17 goals in last four meetings worth noting

Those preferring to avoid the unpredictability of the match winner market will find joy in the formbook. Hearts and Celtic met four times last season with 17 goals scored. Both teams found the net in each of the last two - a pair of 3-1 Celtic wins - and that was the case in three of those four games. Saturday's match producing over 2.5 goals is 8/11 (Betfair Sportsbook).

As mentioned, the last two meetings ended in 3-1 Celtic wins - January and May - and with Celtic already scalping Rosenborg and Livingston by that very score there may be a bet to be had at a bigger price.

Both score and Celtic win goes as the NAP at 11/5 (Sportsbook), a repeat of that scoreline is available at 10/1 to the bold.

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