- Celts Seek to Capitalize Against Jambos
~~~~~~~~~~ Official TC Match Preview ~~~~~~~~~~
The Bhoys are set for the League Cup Semi-Final after the 4-0 win over Motherwell on Wednesday
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Saturday, 22 October 2022
Celtic are heading to Edinburgh this weekend, when they visit Tynecastle to take on Hearts in Saturday's lunchtime kick off.
The Hoops have won 9 of the 10 matches in their quest to defend their League title and will be looking for a fourth consecutive success to further that record with another victory in Edinburgh.
The Bhoys seem to have found the groove once again, having notched up 10 goals in the last week, first demolishing Hibs to the tune of 6-1, followed by putting 4 past Motherwell without reply in the League Cup Quarter-Final on Wednesday.
And the Celts will be taking on a Jambos outfit that has had a horrid run of results throughout October, having failed to win in any of the five games they've played this month.
In addition, the hosts have struggled even more at Tynecastle, where they have both failed to keep a clean sheet there all season, but have been firing blanks at the other end of the park recently, where they have failed to score in 5 of the past 6 games at home across all competitions.
In the League the Gorgie side have not quite hit the consistency that they were able to last season and find themselves currently sitting in 7th place. It should, however, be noted that the Jambos have only played 4 times at home and won 3 of them.
Liel Abada scored twice and was heavily involved in all 4 goals against Motherwell in midweek
Just the Facts of the Stats
- The Hoops have won the last 5 consecutive matches against Hearts, and 14 of the past 15 meetings between these sides.
- The clean sheet on Wednesday was just the Bhoys' second in 11 matches - the first since 4-0 win over Sevco at the start of September.
- Hearts have also had defensive troubles and are yet to keep a clean sheet at home in all comps this season.
- Hearts have also been firing blanks at home, having scored in only 1 game of the past 6 outings at Tynecastle in all competitions.
- There has not been a draw between these sides since December 2015 - 28 games and counting.
Heartskelper: Kyogo Furuhashi has scored in each of the 4 games he has started against Hearts
The Bhoys appear to be clicking once again, even with Postecoglou continueing to use and rotating players in the squad. While Callum McGregor and Carl Starfelt (both with knee issues) will miss out, a question remains of whether David Turnbull and Jota will be involved despite returning to training, with Postecoglou admitting there is 'no point in rushing them back' for tomorrow's game.
As for Hearts, they also have a plethora of players out of action, with Peter Haring ruled out after suffered a concussion against Aberdeen last week, and is joined in the stands by Liam Boyce, Kye Rowles, Craig Halkett, Beni Baningime and Nathaniel Atkinson, who are all still out of action.
Robbie Neilson could however call upon Josh Ginnelly, Michael Smith and Andy Halliday all of whom appear to have recovered from their various knocks and should be available once again, while there remains a doubt over former Celt, Gary Mackay-Steven, with Neilson admitting he has been given until tomorrow to prove his fitness.
Referee: Nick Walsh
This will be the 3rd time this season that Walsh has taken charge of a Celtic match, following the 2-0 win on Opening Day against Aberdeen and the 4-0 skelping of Sevco at the beginning of September. In all, this will be his 123rd Premiership match since making his debut in 2015/16.
This will be the first time that VAR will be in use in a League match involving Celtic, with Steven McLean overseeing events from there.
Celtic's Record in Games Referee'd by Walsh
P24 W19 D4 L1
~~~~ Head to Head ~~~~
P: 338 W: 185 D: 78 L: 75
Last 5 Meetings
W W W W W
~~~~ 2022/23 Form ~~~~
W W L W L ~ L L D L L
W W W L W ~ L D L W L