Celtic are moving ever closer to finishing the season without a single domestic defeat. Can Heart of Midlothian stop them in their tracks this weekend?
Irrespective of what happens at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon, the Hoops have enjoyed a spectacular season. They completely dominated the domestic game from beginning to end and look set to sign-off 2016/17 by collecting all three points from their clash with a Heart of Midlothian side which have disappointed in recent outings.
Brendan Rodgers side sit a staggering thirty points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and look all line-up to achieve a domestic treble now that they already have the League Cup and the Scottish Premiership title in the bag. They will face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final in just eight days’ time, however they first need to find a way past Heart of Midlothian at lunchtime on Sunday in order to complete their unbeaten Premiership season.
Will they do it? It’s very unlikely that they won’t to be honest. The Premiership title was wrapped up some time ago but the Hoops have certainly not taken their feet off the gas in the slightest since then and there’s little reason to suggest that they will this weekend against the Jambos. Indeed Heart of Midlothian have been thoroughly disappointing in recent outings and head into this clash on the back of a five-game winless run during which they have collected just two points.
This should on paper be a thoroughly one-sided affair and that is how we expect it to pan-out on Sunday. Celtic are just two games away from an unbeaten domestic campaign and we see little evidence that anyone can stand in their way, least of all an underperforming Heart of Midlothian. The last meeting between the sides ended in a 5-0 hammering for the Jambos at Tynecastle last month and while we’re not expecting quite so emphatic a defeat for the visitors this time around, we’re far from optimistic about their chances of adding to the scoreline in what looks extremely likely to be another convincing Celtic victory.