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Nov 21, 2020 at 3pm UK at Easter Road
HibernianHibernian
2-2
CelticCeltic
Murphy (52'), Nisbet (59')
Mallan (15'), Boyle (74'), Hanlon (79'), Mackie (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Edouard (79' pen.), Laxalt (90+1')

Preview: Hibernian vs. Celtic - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash between Hibernian and Celtic, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Celtic travel to Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday hoping to win their sixth away match of the campaign and maintain their unbeaten league record on the road.

Meanwhile, Hibs have the chance to move within two points of their opponents and climb to third in the league table.


Match preview

Kevin Nisbet pictured for Hibernian in October 2020© Reuters

Hibernian have lacked consistency during the last month after winning, losing and drawing twice each in their last six encounters.

Jack Ross's side are yet to lose successive league matches this season, but after suffering a 2-0 away defeat to Aberdeen last time out, they will need to perform well against the current league champions if they are to pick up any points on Saturday.

Hibs do have a good record against Celtic when playing at Easter Road, having only lost one of their last eight home league games – winning three and drawing the other four – and are unbeaten in five home matches against the Hoops since a 4-0 defeat in January 2014.

A victory on Saturday would see Hibernian win back-to-back league games for the first time since October 2018, when they were managed by now-Celtic boss Neil Lennon.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon pictured on October 17, 2020© Reuters

Celtic bounced back from a dreadful 4-1 defeat in the Europa League to Sparta Prague earlier this month by beating Motherwell by the same scoreline, as Mohammed Elyounoussi's hat-trick helped the Hoops win their ninth league match of the campaign.

The Glasgow side's impressive away record in the league continues, which has seen Neil Lennon's men go unbeaten in 17 matches – winning 14 and drawing the other three. Their last defeat on the road was a 2-0 loss at Livingston in October 2019.

The Hoops also have a decent record against this weekend's hosts, having kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league meetings – winning their last two in a row, including the 3-0 win at the end of September.

Celtic are likely to make a few changes to their starting lineup – only Rangers (35) have made more lineup changes across Scottish Premiership matches this season than the Hoops (33), while Hibernian have made a league-low 15 changes to their starting lineups this term.

A win on Saturday would see Celtic move within six points of rivals Rangers at the top of the table, with Lennon's side having two games in hand after the Gers play on Sunday.

Hibernian Scottish Premiership form: DLWDWL
Hibernian form (all competitions): WDWLLW

Celtic Scottish Premiership form: WWWLDW
Celtic form (all competitions): LDDWLW


Team News

Celtic's Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates scoring against Aberdeen on November 1, 2020© Reuters

Hibernian's Scott Allan (health issue), Lewis Stevenson (ankle) and Kyle Magennis (hamstring) all remain out of contention for the home side.

Central defender Paul Hanlon and midfielder Joe Newell – both one booking away from suspension – are likely keep their places in the starting lineup.

Kevin Nisbet, who scored his ninth goal in all competitions against Dundee in the Scottish League Cup on Sunday, is set to remain up front alongside Christian Doidge.

Celtic's Christopher Jullien (back), Mikey Johnston (knee) and James Forrest (ankle) are all ruled out with injuries.

Olivier Ntcham, who came off the bench to score Celtic's fourth goal against Motherwell, could start and replace Tom Rogic in midfield.

Odsonne Edouard could be recalled to the starting XI and replace Albian Ajeti in attack.

Hibernian possible starting lineup:
Marciano; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon, Doig; Boyle, Gogic, Newell, Murphy; Nisbet, Doidge

Celtic possible starting lineup:
Bain; Frimpong, Duffy, Ajer, Laxalt; Brown, McGregor, Ntcham; Christie, Elyounoussi, Edouard


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We say: Hibernian 1-3 Celtic

With Hibernian struggling to find consistency and with Celtic getting back to full strength, the visitors have the firepower to cause problems for the home side, as they aim the close to gap on Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.


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Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1RangersRangers2421306075366
2Celtic22137248183046
3Hibernian2411763324940
4Aberdeen2211652924539
5Livingston239593029132
6Dundee UnitedDundee Utd2461081929-1028
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