As is the case every year, most punters will be mulling over Grand National hard luck stories , rather than basking in the glory of having stuck a pin in the winner and although it’s never advisable to chase losses, many will be looking for a way to recoup their cash in Sunday’s football.
Easter Road could be the place to do just that because you can barely fit a cigarette paper between rivals Hibs and Hearts ahead of their derby showdown. Even in the odds, there’s little separating the pair, bet365 marking 17/10 against the Hibees and Skybet pricing the Jambos at 13/8 and everything ahead of this renewal points to a stalemate (12/5, Stan James).
Of course, Robbie Neilson’s troops have the edge in terms of quality, a glance at the Championship table confirms that, but they’ve wrapped up the title already and subsequently Hibs’ extra incentive along with their home advantage potentially redresses that balance.
Add to that the fact that their last couple of meetings have finished all square and it’s hard to resist a flutter on the duo sharing the spoils. Those previous clashes were both one-apiece, a scoreline that’s a tempting 13/2 at betway to be replicated in this one while BetVictor post an eye catching 7/2 against any score draw.
In terms of goals, Skybet go 8/13 about this being the fifth Edinburgh derby on the spin in which both teams get on the scoresheet and Hibees youngster Jason Cummings, who has struck four times in his last six matches across all competitions and notched first at Tynecastle in January, isn’t without appeal at 7/1 via BetVictor to again grab the game’s opening goal.
Hibs and Hearts score draw – 7/2 (BetVictor)