FootyMAD's Celtic match preview

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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 85 and win only 19 of the 141 games.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in April 2006, the The Bhoys carving out a narrow 1 - 0 victory in a Scottish Premier match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2006/2007Sun 06 AugHearts2 - 1CelticSPL
2005/2006Sun 30 AprHearts3 - 0CelticSPL
2005/2006Wed 05 AprCeltic1 - 0HeartsSPL
2005/2006Sun 01 JanHearts2 - 3CelticSPL
2005/2006Sat 15 OctCeltic1 - 1HeartsSPL
2004/2005Sun 15 MayHearts1 - 2CelticSPL
2004/2005Sun 10 AprHearts1 - 2CelticSFAC

Recent respective form guides

Celtic could not have a more impressive recent home form, having won each of the last six games. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 11 goals for the The Bhoys, with 1 goals against.

The Jambo's have had a decent run of form away from home recently, with 3 victories and just 1 loss from the last six. The games have constituted a decent return of 10 goals for the Jambo's, and 7 goals against.

Celtic are leading the way in the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier, with their 12 games giving them a return of 31 points. Hearts sit in a healthy 2nd in the league, and have picked up 21 points from their 12 games.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

The match against Celtic is likely to be a very close encounter, but one that the Madmen sees going the way of the home team. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Celtic Won 10 successive home games.
11 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 13 .
Hearts Previous 2 away games have finished all-square.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
No win in the 3 most recent games.