Hearts and Hibs are both in the doldrums as they prepare to do battle at Tynecastle and so this latest Edinburgh is as much about boosting morale as it is about claiming the city’s bragging rights.
As the Jambos are rooted to the foot of the table, where they would still be without their 15-point deduction, it’s the Hibees that command favouritism at 13/10 via Paddy Power with Gary Locke’s young side rated as 12/5 underdogs by Skybet.
However, despite what the Premiership standings say, there’s actually little between the teams at the moment. Terry Butcher’s boys have taken just ten points from their dozen games in 2014 while Hearts have accrued eight in eleven across the same period.
Moreover, despite the hosts’ well-documented troubles, they’ve still beaten their neighbours twice in three meetings this season so they’re clearly capable of competing in this contest.
Essentially though, as Hearts have lost four on the spin and Hibs have managed just one victory in eleven, It’s hard to make a case for either side. Subsequently, punters would be well served getting stuck into a stalemate at 5/2 (BetVictor) and as neither is particularly prolific in attack, there are worse bets out there than bet365’s 9/1 about a goalless affair.
Those put off by the fact that all three of the pair’s clashes this term have produced at least a goal this term can tackle Hills’s 6/1 for it to finish one-each but a better option is to combine a match tally of fewer than three goals – 8/11 at Winner.com on its own – with a draw, at odds of 11/4 courtesy of Skybet.
Alternatively, it’s 13/8 (Stan James) to be 0-0 at the break, as it has been in five of the pair’s last seven league and cup contests.
Hearts v Hibs draw and under 2.5 goals – 11/4 (Skybet)