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History of the Celtic v Heart Of Midlothian fixture

Hearts face a trip to Celtic at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Jambo's will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 84 and win only 19 of the 139 games.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in April 2005, as the visitors ran out cosy 0 - 2 winners in a Scottish Premier match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Sun 15 MayHearts1 - 2CelticSPL
2004/2005Sun 10 AprHearts1 - 2CelticSFAC
2004/2005Sat 02 AprCeltic0 - 2HeartsSPL
2004/2005Sun 26 DecHearts0 - 2CelticSPL
2004/2005Sat 16 OctCeltic3 - 0HeartsSPL
2003/2004Sun 25 AprHearts1 - 1CelticSPL
2003/2004Sat 03 AprCeltic2 - 2HeartsSPL

Recent respective form guides

Celtic could not have a more impressive recent home form, having won each of the last six games. In this time, The Bhoys have rattled up an impressive 15 goals, and conceded 3.

Hearts's away form is equally impressive, tasting just one defeat in their last six, and picking up four good wins. Those games have seen the Jambo's pummel 12 goals, and let in 4.

Celtic are just outside the promotion places, in 2nd, having taken 22 points from 9 games. Hearts are leading the way in the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier, with their 9 games giving them a return of 25 points.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Hearts are performing with pride on their travels, but the FootyMad panel believes it may not be enough to prevent the The Bhoys coming away with a hard-fought home win. Home win.

Sequence statistics:
Celtic Won 8 successive home games.
19 games since last home draw.
Won their latest 6 matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 10 .
Hearts Not won in previous 2 away matches.