Hearts too big for derby delight

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: April 27 2014, 12:42 BST

With a strong Edinburgh derby record, Hearts look too big at 7/2 to beat struggling Hibs in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, says our Gareth Friel.

Dale Carrick (l): Can help Hearts to victory in the Edinburgh derby
Dale Carrick (l): Can help Hearts to victory in the Edinburgh derby

Just a few weeks ago Hibernian had the chance to be the side that finally condemned their bitter rivals Hearts to relegation on their own patch.

They blew it that day and this weekend sees the roles reversed, with Hearts able to deliver what could be a killer blow in Hibs' battle to avoid dropping into the relegation play-off place.

Hibs' abject defeat to St Mirren last weekend means they head into this derby match with just one win in 15. They've lost five of their last seven at Easter Road and have won only four times in the league on their own patch.

Meanwhile, Hearts have won three of their last four, scoring nine goals in the process. Take away Hearts' 15-point deduction and they would only be three points behind their old foes so I can't imagine there will be many takers on the best 19/20 for a home win.

This Hibs side haven't shown much under Terry Butcher to suggest they are capable of getting the crucial victory they need under pressure. They crumbled at St Mirren last week despite having a good record there in recent times. They are on a five-game losing run and three of those defeats have come against sides around them in the table.

Hearts are already down and have nothing to lose. Their fans will be in the mood for a party following the news of their successful CVA and would love nothing more than inflicting more pain on the men from Leith. All in all, 7/2 seems generous on an away win.

Dale Carrick has played a key role in Hearts' recent good run and he could be worth backing to find the net again.

The 19-year-old bagged his first goal for the club against St Johnstone earlier in the season but found it difficult to build on that due to inconsistency and being in and out of the starting XI.

He has scored four times in his last five games though, including the opener when these two met just a few weeks ago. The forward will trouble the Hibs backline with his pace and I like the look of him to score anytime at 18/5.

  • Posted at 1045 BST on 24/04/2014.