Hearts v Hibernian Betting Tip Hibernian – 31 October 2018

Hibs can take derby spoils

Scottish Premiership Betting Tips

Wednesday 31st October 1945hrs Hearts v Hibernian Football – Scotland – Scottish Premiership The home side suffered a disappointing defeat on Sunday in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup but it’s back to league action for them and it doesn’t get much bigger with a match against their Edinburgh rivals. It’s a derby that lives up to it’s name in every sense of the word and with both teams enjoying excellent starts to their league campaign we can expect Wednesday’s game to be another one to look forward to. It’s the leaders Hearts at home to Hibernian – continue reading for a match preview and a best betting tip selection.

They’ve not had many (if any) bad days this season but Hearts had to endure some hurt at the weekend when losing 3-0 to Celtic at Murrayfield – missing out on a place in the League Cup final in the process. The defeat came at a further loss with an injury early on to Steven Naismith and the influential striker will be missing for the foreseeable future. It only adds to Craig Levein’s injury worries and whilst he would have expected some defeats to come this season, the loss of so many key players at the one time will be more troubling for the Hearts manager. It is not the best preparation for an Edinburgh derby but this is a group of players who have established a six point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership so we have to assume that they are resolute enough to cope with these setbacks. Their record at Tynecastle this term is typically strong with four wins and no defeats in their first five matches – including a win over the champions. Hibs represents another big challenge but if they can respond with a win following the weekend’s loss and the players they have out then they simply have to be considered genuine title challengers.

Hibs have had a very quiet October with Wednesday’s match against Hearts being just their third games this month due to an international break and a game being cancelled as a result of the semi-finals being played at the weekend. Some may look on that as being a help but Neil Lennon has went on record this week to see it’s more a hinderance due to being unable to getting a rhythm going. Hibs’ last game was a 4-2 loss at Celtic Park in what was arguably the game of the season thus far and pretty indicative of how Hibs play under Lennon. They can be devastating going forward with loads of pace in their side but can also be found wanting defensively. It’s not an approach that is likely to change any time soon and you have to admire that, especially as Lennon has had to virtually build a brand new midfield over the summer and has stuck to his guns. Their form away form Easter Road has been fairly inconsistent with a couple of wins and losses from their first five matches – there’s nowhere else they’d love to get their third away win of the season more than at the home of their most bitter of rivals.

Hearts v Hibs Betting Tip

Games between these two are traditionally very tight – as you would expect with so much pressure and intensity surrounding them. The last five Edinburgh derbies (all played last season) have contained just seven goals and each club won two of those matches. It’s Hearts who have the upper hand in terms of league positioning at the moment sitting top and eight points superior to their opponents, but they have played a game more. So often in the past the league games between Hearts and Hibs have been more about bragging rights than anything else but this one is different in that a win for the home team will help cement their place at the top of the table whilst an away victory would allow Hibs to move closer to their rivals and give them renewed hope they can challenge for a top three finish.

It will be hard to beat the atmosphere of Tynecastle under the lights with Hibs coming to visit. The derby games are not always the prettiest and with the players Hearts have missing then Levein may decide that a defence first approach is best suited to the players he has available. Hibs were nullified at Tynecastle on a couple of occasions last season but they look more dynamic this time around and I think there freshness may well work in their favour this time around. Take the visitors to get a vital three points.

Selection: Hibs 15/8 @ Boylesports