Hibs set for derby delight

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: January 2 2014, 20:06 GMT

Hibs host Hearts in front of the Sky cameras on Thursday night and Scottish Premiership expert Gareth Friel fancies them to win.

Terry Butcher: Has promised an open game
Terry Butcher: Has promised an open game

Hearts may be 13 points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table but despite all their troubles on and off the field, they have beaten city rivals Hibernian twice this season, 1-0 in both the league and League Cup.

The Jambos have only beaten Hibs and Aberdeen in 2013-14 but their unexpected point at St Mirren on Sunday, combined with yet another defeat for Ross County, means they have a glimmer of hope ahead of the trip across the city for the derby on January 2.

Hibs won at home for only the second time this season against Kilmarnock and Terry Butcher's admission that he has employed a therapist to help his players get over the 5-1 Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts in the 2012 Scottish Cup final suggests we could see a different Hibs on Thursday night.

Most of the Edinburgh derbies over the years have been fairly turgid affairs and won't linger in the minds of neutrals for too long so it was interesting to hear Butcher say he reckoned this one could be much more open and exciting.

The last seven games have produced only eight goals but with Hearts in their current predicament they will surely have to open up and go for the three points and that could suit Hibs.

I fancy the home side to gain their first home league win over their rivals since 2009 and with it likely to be a more open game than history would suggest, backing Hibs to win and both teams to score at 3/1 could pay dividends. I also like the look of Hibs to win by one goal at 13/5.

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