Bookies are struggling to separate the sides ahead of this afternoon’s derby showdown at Easter Road but that’s good news for punters, who can back high-flying Hibs at a massive 9/5 with BetVictor to finally end their Hearts hoodoo.
Pat Fenlon’s charges haven’t beaten their rivals, William Hill’s slight underdogs at 7/4, in a dozen attempts but currently up in second spot in the SPL they definitely have form on their side, not to mention home advantage, so they look to have been hugely underestimated here.
Nevertheless, for the most part, these battles tend to be tight affairs and this one should be no exception. The Hibees are therefore worth a flutter at 7/2 (Ladbrokes) to come out on top by a one-goal margin and as the Jambos have drawn a blank in their last couple, there’s every chance that the hosts will nick it 1-0; a result bet365 rate at a generous 8/1.
There’s no doubt that their dismal record against the Gorgie outfit will prey on the minds of the Hibs players and it could lead to a tentative start from them, despite the fact that they’re in front of their own supporters.
An early goal probably isn’t on the cards then and with that in mind a case can be made for a goalless opening 45 minutes at 9/5 courtesy of BetVictor. Skybet take that further, offering 11/2 for Fenlon’s boys to emerge victorious after an even first period and it’s even money at Stan James for the contest’s opening goal to arrive after the 27-minute mark.
With 13 goals to his name already this term, Hibs front man Leigh Griffiths deserves to be Betfred’s 4/1 favourite to bag that first strike and bet365 price the talented 22-year-old at 6/4 to notch at any stage, as he did when these two met in the league back in August.
Hibs to beat Hearts by one – 7/2 (Ladbrokes)