Hearts v Hibernian Tips: Can in-form Hibs see off injury-hit hosts?
Clashes between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian are always feisty affairs, but there’s even more at stake than usual tonight.
Hearts are sitting top of the Ladbrokes Premiership right now, but a string of injuries to key players in recent weeks has put their chances of a title tilt in jeopardy.
As for Hibs, if results go their way, Neil Lennon’s men could climb up to second place tonight. Plenty at stake then, but where are the points going?
Hibs haven’t won at Tynecastle since May 2013, but head into this game on the back of four wins in their last five league games.
They’re 9/5 to bag victory against their injury-ravaged hosts. Meanwhile, the Jam Tarts are 31/20 to cook up another win, with 11/5 for the draw.
With Steven Naismith and Uche Ikpeazu injured, Hearts could struggle for goals. As for Hibs, they’ve netted 15 in their last five league games.
Neil Lennon’s men are 15/4 to Win to Nil, while a 2-0 triumph for the Leith outfit is 12/1.
Craig Levein probably won’t shift from his preferred 4-4-2, but his striker options are now pretty limited. A front two of veteran Steven MacLean and Craig Wighton could be his best bet for now.
Hibs are enjoying the fruits of a 4-1-4-1 system at present. Lethal Swiss striker Florian Kamberi has been racking the goals up, with a duo of Stevie Mallen and Emerson Hyndman sat behind him.
Out wide, it could be a duo of Daryl Horgan and Martin Boyle whipping the crosses in.
Kamberi could be the most likely scorer here, having netted four times in Hibs’ last five Prem matches.
The 23-year-old is 2/1 Anytime, while he’s 11/2 to be First Goalscorer for the sixth time in 2018.
Hearts’ best bet could be the experienced MacLean. He netted at Easter Road for St Johnstone last term, and is 9/4 to cause Lennon’s side more misery in a Hearts shirt.
As for longer shots, Emerson Hyndman could be worth keeping an eye on. The young American has been excellent in recent weeks, and notched against Hamilton Academical earlier this month. He’s 5/1 to score at Tynecastle.
Where: Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
How to watch: BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD
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