Look North – Champions to edge past impressive Hibs

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PROUD Scot (@chrisgraham79) pinpoints his best bet from the weekend Scottish Premiership action.

Celtic v Hibs | Saturday 20th October 2018, 15:00

Club football returns to top-flight Scottish football this weekend after a miserable international week and with Celtic v Hibs and Hearts v Aberdeen on the menu it's sure to be a fun weekend.

I'll concentrate on the former game here. It brings together, according to some, the two best sides in the division and we should get a real feel for where Hibs stand after this game.

Neil Lennon's side have had a solid season so far with just one defeat in their eight league matches. Things have really started to click in recent weeks with four wins on the bounce including two bulky, impressive victories against Dundee (3-0) and Hamilton (6-0).

There is a case to suggest that early season Europa League exertions put pressure on the squad and that may be why we've seen their Game 5-8 points tally jump to 12 from a Game 1-4 tally of four.

So it's fair to say the Edinburgh side come into this game in great shape. But can they push the champions all the way?

Their record against Celtic last season was nothing to be ashamed of as they shared the points (5) with the Glasgow club after two draws and a win at Easter Road in April. So, in better form now, they must be fancying their chances?

Plodding Celtic

Celtic have plodded this season alongside a backdrop of manager discontent and squad malaise. Their problems have been well documented and they've dropped eight points already (the same number they dropped in the whole of the 2016/17 season) but they showed their teeth last time out against St Johnstone as they crushed them 6-0 in Perth.

That very well may have been a turning point for Brendan Rodgers' side and normal service may well resume from here. Despite their wobbles this season they have been exemplary at Celtic Park with four wins out of four. Rangers were outclassed, Aberdeen were grinded down. Will Hibs be next?

Celtic's emphatic win a fortnight ago has perhaps settled the early-season uncertainty. The international break could have been worse for them too with striker Leigh Griffiths opting to miss the Scotland games and stay at home to work on his fitness. Will he make an impact on Saturday against his former side?

I'm banking on Celtic's perfect home league form continuing on Saturday. This is an opportunity for them to build on their win in Perth and keep the pressure on Hearts.

It won't be easy though and I expect Hibs to notch. No Premiership team has scored more goals than the Easter Road side this season and they'll be bang up for this game, just like they were all last season against Celtic.

The champions should just have enough and Correct Scores of 2-1 and 3-1 appeal. I'll keep it simple though and back Celtic to win and Both Teams To Score at 28/13 with 188BET.

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Celtic v Hibs – Celtic to win and Both Teams To Score (28/13 188BET)

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Chris first got interested in betting back in 2000 when he began working in betting shops throughout Scotland. He has remained in the industry ever since, specialising in marketing and PR roles. Outside of betting, his interests are listening to Blur and following Queen Of The South.

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