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Hibernian v Hearts predictions, betting tips and preview - Hosts to come out on top in Edinburgh derby

Dean Carr 7 Mar 2018

  • Hibernian face Hearts at Easter Road on Friday night
  • Nine points seperate the two sides in the Scottish Premiership table
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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 09: Martin Boyle (R), of Hibernian celebrates scoring a goal with his team mates in the second half during the pre season friendly between Hibernian and Sunderland at Easter Road on July 9, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hibernian v Hearts prediction

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  • Hibs have won three of their last four home games
  • Hearts haven’t won in four games
  • Hearts are without a victory at Easter Road since 2014

Hibernian v Hearts betting tips

After drawing 2-2 away at in-form Kilmarnock last weekend, Neil Lennon’s Hibernian will still be feeling full of confidence, still maintaining aspirations of achieving a third-place finish this season. Currently four points behind current occupants of the position Aberdeen, a win over their city rivals on Friday evening would severely aid their hopes of doing so.

Despite crashing out of the Scottish Cup to Hearts at Tynecastle earlier in the season, Hibs have generally enjoyed playing against Hearts in recent years, with that being their only defeat against them in 10 meetings. That form is even better at home, having enjoyed victories in each of their previous four Edinburgh derbies at Easter Road.

While Hibs find themselves on the up, Hearts have struggled in recent weeks, with their poor run of form continuing last time out with a 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell. Craig Levein hasn’t enjoyed as successful a return to the dugout as he would’ve hoped for as of yet, winning just 11 of his 29 games back in charge at Hearts.

That defeat to Motherwell has left the Jambos in danger of being caught by both Kilmarnock and Motherwell, who sit 6th and 7th in the table respectively and both sides have games in hand on Levein’s men. Finishing outside of the top six by the time the split comes around would be a huge blow to the team, who have been in the top half for the vast majority of the season.

Always one of the most competitive fixtures in the Scottish football calendar, Hibs are currently the dominant force in Edinburgh and will be looking to assert their superiority in this important clash for both teams.

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