Hearts vs Hibernian Odds and Preview – Scottish Premiership December 26

Hibs may take revenge in Edinburgh derby

Flo Kamberi /Hibernian ©imago images / Action Plus 22.12.2019

There’s a new coach at the helm but the misery continues for Hearts’ fans, though they will be comforted by they did beat Hibernian at Easter Road earlier in the campaign – can another Edinburgh derby see the gloom lifted?

Hearts Form and Team News

It’s three defeats in three games under Daniel Stendel for Hearts.
The Jambos have taken just one point out of a possible 21 with Saturday’s latest reverse at fellow strugglers Hamilton leaving them rock-bottom of the table.
The German coach is struggling to cope with an horrendous injury list at Tynecastle and captain Steven Naismith lasted just 45 minutes on his comeback at the Fountain Of Youth Stadium on Saturday. He now has a back problem and joins Peter Haring, John Souttar and Conor Washington in being ruled out of the Edinburgh derby.
The Hearts squad is desperately short of experience and energy, especially in the midfield area, and they will have to delve into the transfer market during the winter break if they are to escape the relegation zone. Ben Garuccio and winger Callumn Morrison are other likely absentees against Hibs but Christophe Berra is available again following suspension and fellow veterans Steven MacLean and Glenn Whelan will also be important figures in what is always a keenly-contested fixture.
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Hibernian Form and Team News

Hibs’ new manager Jack Ross and Daniel Stendel crossed swords in England last season when in charge at Sunderland and Barnsley respectively – there is likely to be a few tasty exchanges on the touchline at Tynecastle during this game with plenty at stake.
Hibernian’s defeat by Rangers on Friday made the headlines for all the wrong reasons and it’s hoped that partisan supporters of both clubs make this a less-contentious affair.
Ryan Porteous is suspended for the Edinburgh derby having seen a red card against Rangers. That was a second successive defeat for Hibs and they’ve won just one of their last five. They will, however, remain in the top six over Christmas regardless of how they perform up to the winter break.
Darren McGregor is Porteous’ likely replacement at Tynecastle with David Gray unlikely to be risked. Daryl Horgan is pressing for a recall but Stevie Mallan and Florian Kamberi only played 45 minutes against Rangers so should be fit to start.

Hearts vs Hibernian Live Stats & Betting Odds

Hearts vs Hibernian Head-to-Heads

Hibernian have won just one of their last six matches against Hearts in all competitions so that is a ray of light for the home side. This is always one of the most eagerly-contested derbies in Scottish football and not one of the last 10 has featured more than three goals with no side scoring more than twice.

Hearts vs Hibernian Current Best Odds

Hearts 13/8, Draw 12/5, Hibernian 9/5 (Odds correct at 2.00pm December 22)

Hearts vs Hibernian Predictions

As in the first meetings between the sides this season, neither team come into this Edinburgh derby in the best of form.
Hibs haven’t scored in their last two, though though those games were against Celtic and Rangers. Confidence among the Hearts’ ranks must be at rock-bottom but this is just the fixture to reignite passions.
An away win looks the most likely outcome at the general 9/5 but it is not a confident shout. Under 3.5 in Goals Over/Under is 3/10 with Bet365 and a safer bet.

Total Goals Odd/Even
Even 37/40
Odd 20/21

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