Steam in again for Killie

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: December 29 2013, 15:04 GMT

Gareth Friel is backing Kilmarnock to take a second Edinburgh scalp this week when they face Hibs in the Scottish Premiership.

Kris Boyd and Kilmarnock can bag another win in Edinburgh
Kris Boyd and Kilmarnock can bag another win in Edinburgh

Kilmarnock were as impressive as they've been in some time when they thumped Hearts 4-0 at Tynecastle on Boxing Day,

The home side were abysmal it has to be said, but it was the first time for five years that Killie had bagged four goals on the road, also in Edinburgh against Hibernian - the side they face on Sunday.

Hibs were also away winners on Boxing Day against Ross County but they return to Easter Road knowing they've only won twice there in the league in 2013.

Killie's away record is pretty poor but they've won their last two now and Kris Boyd is in fantastic form having scored five goals in his last four games.

Hibs have certainly improved under new boss Terry Butcher but given their struggles at home and Killie's excellent win across the city against Hearts, it's worth getting on a fairly big-looking 11/4 with Paddy Power.

Motherwell moved up to second with a hard-fought win at Aberdeen on Boxing Day and make the short trip to Partick Thistle on Sunday.

'Well have won all 10 games they've played against sides in the bottom six. The win at Aberdeen was, in fact, their first success against any of the sides around them in the top half of the table.

Thistle have yet to win at home and, like all the other sides in the bottom six, must be incredibly relieved that Hearts were given a 15-point deduction.

Alan Archibald's side continue to perform pretty well most weeks but lack a cutting edge, that was again evident in the goalless draw with Inverness on Boxing Day.

Motherwell have won three in a row since that 5-0 home defeat to Celtic and should make it four at Firhill. Seven of the 10 victories against the sides from the bottom half came courtesy of a one-goal margin and it's 3/1 they do so again which looks more than decent.

  • Posted at 1020 GMT on 27/12/2013.