Hearts’ Europa League dream turned into a nightmare at Tynecastle on Thursday night as they were torn apart by a ruthless Tottenham side, but don’t expect Kilmarnock to show them any mercy at Rugby Park.
Kenny Shiels’ men hit four past Hearts’ Edinburgh rivals Hibs last Sunday and they are 7/4 with bwin to make it a capital double this weekend.
Last week’s result was Shiels’ first win as manager of Kilmarnock and with debut boy Paul Heffernan scoring twice, the momentum is certainly with them.
They will hope to get out of the traps quickly and hit Hearts while they are still reeling from their European trouncing – so a price of 11/10 for Killie to score first therefore looks appealing.
Perhaps the most tempting bet on offer is to back Killie to be winning at both half-time and full-time at odds of 18/5. If you sign up to bwin today and place your free £25 bet on this outcome you could stand to win £115 if successful.
The problem with Hearts is that you never know which team is going to show up. Will it be the confident and assured side that held Rangers to an opening-day draw at Ibrox, or the rabbits-caught-in-the-headlights outfit who succumbed so embarrassingly against Spurs?
If Hearts are to win the game they may need to score the first goal to restore their battered confidence, and they are priced at 19/20 to do just that. The Gorgie men are 3/2 to win the game in 90 minutes, while the draw is 11/5.
One thing is for sure though. Hearts’ Europa League flop has killed off any lingering hopes that they could challenge the Old Firm in the SPL this year. Think I’m wrong? Hearts can be backed at 50/1 with bwin to win the SPL. Well, stranger things have happened…
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