Hibernian vs Hearts
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Easter Road Stadium (Edinburgh).
Bragging rights are at stake on Saturday evening when Hibernian host Hearts in the Edinburgh derby.
The clash between arch-rivals will drop the curtain on the Premiership football in 2018. It will also see the continuation of a well congested schedule for the Hibs who played the likes of Celtic, Rangers (twice) and in-form Livingston in last four rounds.
The good news for Hibs’ fans is their team did not lose any of the aforementioned ties. As the matter of fact, Neil Lennon’s men are undefeated in past six league matches which is quite a decent streak if we know they made a dreadful kick off to the new campaign.
Hibs will come into this high on confidence after holding the likes of Rangers to a 1-1 draw away at Ibrox on Boxing Day. It was defender Darren McGregor who notched his inaugural goal of the season to rescue a point for Hibernian in mid-week.
Hibernian vs Hearts: Head-to-head
There were no goals in the previous Edinburgh derby, played in late-October.
Hearts were slightly more successful of late with two wins, a draw and a defeat in last four encounters with the Hibs.
Just one of past six head to head outings between fierce rivals saw both teams on the scoreline.
Hibernian vs Hearts: Prediction
The Jam opened the season in a much more promising fashion (compared to their city enemies), but their form has seen somewhat of a slide in recent weeks.
Hearts conceded seven goals without any response in back-to-back away defeats to Livingston and Aberdeen. They did manage to return to the winning ways on Boxing Day beating Hamilton Academical 2-0 at home thanks to first half goals from Steven Naismith and Arnaud Djum.
Recent H2H clashes between arch rivals were fairly short on goalmouth action. Knowing about Hibernian’s rock-solid defense in recent outings (one conceded goal in last three rounds against Celtic, Rangers and Livingston) we’ll go for the Under 2.5 goals FT as the main betting option here. The draw at the half time is also an option at 2.10.
Hibernian vs Hearts: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11)
Draw at the half time @ 2.10 (11/10).