Jim Jefferies’ Hearts travel across Edinburgh for tomorrow’s derby clash with Hibernian and could be buoyed by news of their rivals’ injury worries.
Hibs manager Colin Calderwood will be without midfielder Danny Galbraith and goalkeeper Graham Stack as the Easter Road outfit aim to justify the 17/10 being offered on them to gain local bragging rights.
Third-placed Hearts will be looking to move a step closer to ensuring European football next term with a win over the Hibees and can backed to do so at 29/20.
However, derby days often provide unexpected results and the draw is available at odds of 2/1.
Passionate Hibernian fans will no doubt be tempted to back their side for a resounding victory and may be interested to note that a 3-0 win is priced at 30/1.
Calderwood knows his side have their work cut out, with Hibs having not recorded an Edinburgh derby win in their last six attempts.
“We want a victory and a feeling of happiness to have beaten Hearts. This is the game we want to win. The game this weekend is all about the 90 minutes against Hearts,” he told the BBC.
The former Spurs man said his side are aware of the heat a derby game can generate and will be focused on putting on a decent display of football.
He added: “The players are aware of what happened in the Old Firm game and the reaction that happened outside football.
“We’ve got to be very careful about how we perform and our actions on the day. We’ve got to compete, we’ll go after the ball and we won’t complain when people go after the ball against us.”
As the old cliché goes, football is a game of two halves, and as such bwin is offering punters a derby special on the Hibs v Hearts game. Odds are now available on which team will win the second half.
In this special bet, the draw is priced at 5/4, while an away win can be backed at 19/10.
However, home fans looking to see their team end the game on a high can bet on Hibs to win the second half at 21/10, with a £10 stake returning £31.
New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.