Kilmarnock may be 6/4 favourites at Stan James but you’d struggle to get a cigarette paper between Kenny Shiels’ boys and visitors Hibs, Betdaq’s 3.0 (2/1) outsiders, as they lock horns at Rugby Park this afternoon.
Sportingbet offer 12/5 for the draw and that has its’ merits, especially as Colin Calderwood’s men haven’t picked Killie’s pocket in their own back yard since 2007, but it could turn out to be a bit of a snooze-fest and punters can clean up with Stan James’ 11/1 for neither side to break the deadlock.
The hosts have drawn both of their matches so far, playing out a goalless stalemate with Motherwell last time out while the Hibees kept things tight at Inverness a fortnight ago and only Garry O’Connor’s late strike prevented a blank scoresheet in that contest.
The pair might cancel each other out then in Ayrshire, where it’s a banker at 4/5 with Skybet to produce fewer than three goals but although a 0-0 draw is a distinct possibility, some punters might want a bit of insurance and that’s available in the first goal time market, where Betfred chalk even money against the opener arriving after the 27-minute mark.
Those that refuse to believe in a bore-draw meanwhile, can stick a couple of quid on Hibs striker O’Connor at 6/1 (Totesport) to put the visitors 1-0 up. The big man has something to prove after a couple of seasons in the wilderness and he’ll be a significant threat, especially after his winner at Caley Thistle.
Kilmarnock and Hibs to draw 0-0 – 11/1 (Stan James)