After a patchy start to the campaign Hibs have really found their feet under boss Alan Stubbs and they now find themselves with a great chance of reaching the cup final. The Hibees’ impressive turnaround means that they’re taken very seriously in the outright betting, Hills making them 8/1 to go on and lift the trophy at Hampden Park in May.
In part, those odds are also because Stubbs’s charges have a seemingly straightforward route to the last four, the quarter final draw pitching them against League Two Berwick at Easter Road and it’s been one-way traffic in terms of where punters’ cash has been heading.
Subsequently, the hosts are just 1/5 with bet365 to ease through to the semis at the first attempt while the Wee ‘Gers are as high as 17/1 courtesy of BetVictor to cause a huge upset and it’s 6/1 (Stan James) to finish all square.
However, it’s not just the Hibees’ elevated league status that points to a home win, the formbook also makes them impossible to oppose. Since mid-September, Hibs have lost just once in 90 minutes, a run that stretches back 24 matches and in stark contrast, Berwick have won just twice in nine outings.
A relatively comfortable Hibees triumph is on the cards and they’re worth considering a 7/5 in Paddy Power’s handicaps when starting two goals in arrears. Alternatively, the same firm chalk Stubbs’s men up at 7/1 to notch three times without reply and Skybet price them at even money to triumph ‘to nil’.
Hibs to beat Berwick 3-0 – 7/1 (Paddy Power)