Showdowns between Rangers and Hibs tend to be tasty enough but the presence of former Celtic centre-back Alan Stubbs in the Hibees dugout, adds a bit of extra spice as the two sides prepare to face off at Ibrox.
Stubbs enjoyed a successful five-year spell at Parkhead but his return to Scotland in a managerial capacity has been far less smooth and indeed his Hibernian team face the Light Blues seeking to avoid a fifth defeat in seven Championship outings.
They’ve also lost all three of their matches on the road and accordingly, Ally McCoist’s boys are Ladbrokes’s 8/15 favourites to claim all three points while the visitors are 5/1 outsiders at BetVictor to give their season a much-needed shot in the arm and it’s 10/3 (Skybet) to finish with honours even.
Nevertheless, Stubbs’s troops haven’t been getting hammered this term, all of their defeats coming by a solitary goal and it’s a generous 11/4 at bet365 for Rangers to emerge triumphant in this clash by a one-goal margin.
It’s also a fixture that looks likely to see both teams find the net (8/11, Ladbrokes) and on that basis, a few quid on a 2-1 ‘Gers success could return handsomely at odds of 8/1 courtesy of William Hill.
McCoist’s charges haven’t necessarily been totally dominant in the league and cup matches they’ve won of late and at times have taken a while to get going so a case can be made for BetVictor’s 18/5 about a home win on the back of an even first period.
Meanwhile, punters are set to be tempted to back Rangers players in the first scorer betting, headed by Kris Boyd at 4/1 (BetVictor) but the hosts have spread their goals around and a better value option is Hibees’ marksman Dominique Malonga at a whopping 7/2 via Betfred to net at any time. The Frenchman has made a flying start to life at Easter Road and can find the target in this one.