The television cameras will be at Tynecastle for the derby showdown between Hearts and Hibs but punters settling in their armchairs ready for a thriller look set to be very disappointed because goalmouth action is likely to be at a premium.
The duo are under immense pressure ahead of this one, compounded by the fact that they’ll always be desperate to avoid defeat against their neighbours and having started the campaign with defeats to St Johnstone and Motherwell, managers Gary Locke and Pat Fenlon will look to keep things tight.
A tense affair is on the cards then and it’s hard to make a case for either the Jambos, 6/4 favourites at Paddy Power to to chip away at their hefty points deduction or their rivals the Hibees, Winner.com’s 11/5 outsiders.
Indeed, given that the two showed little as they succumbed to 1-0 losses in their respective openers, you’d be crackers to overlook the draw at 12/5 with Stan James in this one and after the duo barely threatened to get on the scoresheet last weekend, savvy punters will be looking to give the bookies a bashing by backing a tedious bore draw at 9/1 (BetVictor).
At the very least, the Gorgie scrap is a cast-iron banker at 8/11 courtesy of Ladbrokes to produce fewer than three goals and the temptation would be to take that a step further by tackling bet365’s 2/1 for the teams to conjure up no more than one strike between them.