Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Hibernian vs Hearts: Jambos can hold firm for derby draw

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Odds: Hibs 18/25, Draw 12/5, Hearts 17/4

Kick Off: 1945, 09/03/2018

Stadium: Easter Road

TV: Sky Sports

Hibs have been made hot favourites to beat Hearts based on recent results, but the form book can often be thrown out of the window when it comes to such derby battles.

These Edinburgh rivals have played out three tight tussles so far this term, with each team registering a narrow 1-0 win and the other game being a goalless stalemate.

Another close encounter is on the cards at Easter Road on Friday night, so 12/5 for the scores to finish level gets the nod in our Hibernian vs Hearts betting predictions.

A Look At Hibernian’s Betting Odds

Hibs go into this clash nine points clear of their neighbours in the Scottish Premiership table and have a game in hand.

However, after a trio of wins over Motherwell, Rangers and Aberdeen, Neil Lennon was clearly frustrated to let a 2-0 lead slip when drawing 2-2 at Kilmarnock last time out.

The former Celtic boss was sent to the stands at Rugby Park after protesting against a penalty decision.

“I didn’t agree with the penalty and I didn’t agree to me being sent off,” said Lennon. “However, my reaction to the sending-off was regrettable.”

The hosts have had a fortnight to stew on that second-half collapse and that could affect their rhythm in this fixture.

Looking at the Hibernian vs Hearts odds, 18/5 for this to be a draw at half-time and full-time takes the eye.

A Look At Hearts’ Betting Odds

Having beaten Hibs 1-0 in an earlier round, Hearts crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the quarter-final stage on Saturday when losing 2-1 at Motherwell.

However, the Jambos had battled back well from conceding an early own goal at Fir Park and looked to have done enough to earn a replay until Carl McHugh’s late wonder strike.

“In all honesty, I didn’t see that coming,” said Craig Levein. “I thought the second-half performance was good.

“Kyle Lafferty has hit the post after scoring, Trevor Carson has made a great save for them and I thought we should have had a certain penalty for handball late on.”

Although that made it four matches without a win, Hearts had only lost two of their previous 18 fixtures – and those defeats came away to Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers.

The Jambos have drawn more games than any other team in the Scottish Premiership this season, with 12 stalemates, and Levein will again set them up to be hard to beat here.

We’re finishing off our Hibernian vs Hearts betting tips by taking 11/2 for there to be no goals in this match.

Additional stats

Last result:

Kilmarnock 2-2 HIBS – Florian Kamberi, Ryan Porteous

Motherwell 2-1 HEARTS – Kyle Lafferty (pen)

Head-to-head: Hearts 1-0 Hibs, Hearts 0-0 Hibs, Hibs 1-0 Hearts, Hibs 3-1 Hearts, Hearts 0-0 Hibs

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Best bets for Hibernian vs Hearts

Match to be drawn @ 12/5

Draw at HT and FT @ 18/5

Correct score of 0-0 @ 11/2

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