Kilmarnock’s form on their own patch is identical, goal difference aside, to Hibs’ away record so it seems odd that BetVictor consider the latter to be such substantial outsiders at 19/10 as the pair prepare to face-off at Rugby Park.
The hosts are Hills’ 6/4 favourites for the points this afternoon while punters will be piling into the draw at 12/5 with bet365 given that the sides seem so evenly matched on paper. However, at what looks like a big price, the smart cash will be on Pat Fenlon’s boys today as they look to move back into contention for second spot.
Admittedly, recent Hibs results have been poor, they’ve lost four out of their last five in the league, but the 3-2 reverse to home to Motherwell was understandable given how strong the Steelmen are on their travels and with Killie having managed back-to-back victories only once this term, the visitors can stop them adding to last weekend’s triumph at Aberdeen, where their cause was helped by the dismissal of Dons stopper Jamie Langfield.
Nevertheless, the Ayrshire showdown looks destined to be close, so Ladbrokes’ 4/1 for Hibs to nick it by a one-goal margin is worth a flutter and Betfred post 10/1 against a 2-1 away success in a clash that’s 8/13 (bet365) to see both teams find the net.
In attack, Eoin Doyle will be well backed at 9/1 via bet365 to break the deadlock following his double last week and similarly cash will come in for the SPL’s leading scorer Leigh Griffiths at 5/1 courtesy of Paddy Power but the two are hard to separate and Griffiths hasn’t found the net in five attempts so it’s at the other end that punters could be quids-in.
Killie marksman Cillian Sheridan has struck four times in five outings and Stan James rate the former Celtic front man at 2/1 to notch at any time in this one.