Stirling Albion v Hibernian Betting Tip Hibernian to score in both halves – 13 July 2019

Hibs to show their class

Scottish Premiership Betting Tips

ScotlandStirling Albion v HibernianScotland
Saturday 13th July 1500hrs
Football – Scotland– League Cup
Pick Hibernian to score in both halves
BookmakerWilliam Hill
Odds: 3/4 (odds taken 21.00 GMT, Thursday 11th July)

1 X 2
14/1 11/2 1/5

* (Betting Odds were taken from Betway on July 11th, 2019 at 21.00)

Hibs will be out to avoid a potential banana skin on Saturday as they make the short journey to face Stirling Albion at Forthbank. Anything other than an away win would be seen as a big surprise.

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Stirling Albion Preview – Are fourth-tier Stirling capable of giving their Premiership opponents a scare?

Stirling Albion compete in League Two of the Scottish Professional Football League and have been plying their trade there for a number of years. A fifth place finish last season meant they were one position adrift of the playoffs, but 19 points behind fourth. The objective for this campaign will be to finish at least one place higher and attempt for promotion. Before that, the focus is on the League Cup and a chance for manager Kevin Rutkiewicz to get his squad ready for the challenges that lie ahead. Having taken over in October of last year this will be his first taste managing a team in this competition.
It’s no real surprise to note that Stirling have struggled in this competition, failing to get past the first stage in over a decade. Since the League Cup was reformatted and the first round become a group stage it’s been a fairly decent showing, however. Albion won a pair of games in both 2016 and 2017 to finish third in their section. It was goal difference along that prevented them from finishing second in the former of those seasons. A repeat of that this year would be very much a success but it will be difficult.

 

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Hibernian Preview – Can Hibs avoid an upset and take control of Group

Any time a manager takes over midway through a season the following transfer window is always evenly more anticipated. That’s the situation Hibs found themselves in, after Paul Heckingbottom took over at Easter Road earlier this year. The former Barnsley and Leeds boss led the club to fifth place in the league but more will be expected this time around. It’s fair to say they are still building their squad for next season. One of the reasons for that is the club have just been recently taking over and the expectation is there will be further arrivals between now and the end of August.
Scott Allan has arrived from Celtic during the summer to begin a third spell at the club. Heckingbottom will be hoping the midfielder is equally effective now as he was previously. The manager has also used his contacts in the lower leagues in England to strengthen the squad and one of the areas that needed improvement was in the forward areas. The main criticism of this Hibs team was a lack of goals. Christian Doidge has been brought in with a view to finding those goals. The Welshman was a prolific striker for Forest Green Rovers and is now looking to make that step up.

 

Key-Facts – Stirling Albion v Hibernian

  • This will be Paul Heckingbottom’s first experience of the League Cup in Scotland and he’ll be looking to make it a winning one
  • Stirling Albion lost three of their four group games last season with their only win coming against Peterhead
  • Hibs were eliminated at the quarter-final stage last season, knocked out on penalties by eventual finalists Aberdeen

Stirling Albion v Hibernian Betting Advice

The odds suggest this should be very straightforward for the visitors and it should be. Heckingbottom will be looking to start the group stage off with a convincing win and build his players in the season game by game. Despite it coming so early in the season these are the games Hibs need to win in order to ensure they are competing at the latter stages of the League Cup. And this competition is one of only two they are realistically expected to compete for each season. For their opponents they will be as competitive as possible but aware of their limitations as a part-time club.
This is only the second time Hibs will be competing in the group stage as they have been participating in Europe the other two years.  The last time they started here they reached the semi-finals and that will be a minimum aim. They have been good against lower-league opposition in the past and they should win this with something to spare. The odds on the handicap market are prohibitive. Instead, take the visitors to get off to a fast start and dominate throughout. Hibs to score in both halves looks the most appealing selection.

 


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