Juventus, Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and…Hearts.
Unlikely bedfellows back when the season started, perhaps, but all have engineered 100 per-cent winning records domestically and sit proudly on top of their respective leagues at this point.
For the first three listed, eventual title glory will likely beckon and each is well-accustomed to that level of success. Chelsea are regular diners at England’s richest table in the modern era and could easily mix it with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race this season.
It requires a fair old trawl through the record books to find Hearts perched on top of the Scottish football tree. Not since the 1959/60 season has the accolade of being the best team in the land found its way to Gorgie. That was Hearts’ fourth title, could they possibly rip up the form book and make it five in 2019?
Hearts to win the Scottish Premiership @ 33/1
Craig Levein’s side have made a superb start. Five league wins are under their belt, including a 1-0 win over champions Celtic at Tynecastle last month. They’ve also made progress through the League Cup group stage and early knockouts. All told, they are unbeaten in ten games, with 25 goals scored and only four against.
It is a stunning start and one that Levein and his players deserve big credit for. It has engineered for them a five-point advantage in the league, clear of Livingston and Celtic.
The former are the visitors to the capital on Saturday afternoon, affording Hearts the potential to extend their lead to eight points (assuming Hibs do not win at Dundee) before Europa League participants Celtic and Rangers return to action on Sunday.
Hearts to win and over 2.5 goals scored @ 29/20
An eight-point lead. It may only be mid-September but that is not insignificant if Hearts can achieve it.
Despite selling Kyle Lafferty to Rangers, they have scored at least four times in four separate games this term, twice hitting five. Confidence is flowing and that should be evident on Saturday.
Gary Holt and Livi have made a positive start on their return to the top tier but they will likely lose out at Tynecastle at the Hearst wave continues. There should be goals too, with the home side tipped to come out best and over 2.5 goals scored in the game.
Aberdeen and Motherwell to draw @ 47/20
Derek McInnes is facing into a tough winter at Pittodrie it seems. After a number of seasons where they proudly could claim to be Scotland’s second-best team, the Dons have faltered so far this term.
Just a single league win in five games so far, unaided by their tally of four goals scored in those five outings. They were fortunate to avoid defeat against ten-man Rangers last month and their only three-point return came when Gary Mackay-Steven scored a late penalty to dispose of a Dundee team that has lost all five games so far.
Departures this summer appear to have weakened Aberdeen. With Rangers and Hearts seemingly much stronger, albeit Celtic might be weaker, it will be tough for them to cling to their post as ‘second-best’ this season.
There hasn’t been a draw in the last six meetings between Motherwell and Aberdeen.
They’ve won three times each, with the losing team failing to score on each occasion. On form so far this season there’s little to separate them and the Steelmen are fancied to take a point from their trip to the north coast on Saturday.
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