THERE are two Scottish Cup ties on Sunday and we go to the sublime of Hearts v Hibs at Tynecastle to the ridiculous East Kilbride v Celtic.
Tickets for Tynecastle were gold dust and let’s hope the Edinburgh derby lives up to the hype.
EK have had plenty of media coverage after pulling a plum tie against Celtic but while they’ll battle as hard as they can I can’t see how the Lowland League minnows can run the Scottish champions close.
Hearts v Hibs is tough to call but likely to be fiery. Both sides are in decent form and the Jambos will be tough to beat at Tynecastle.
The Jambos have netted 11 in their last three home games so take them to score 2+ at 10-11 with Betfred.
Hibs can hit the target having added Anthony Stokes to their firepower. Both teams to score pays 3-4 at Ladbrokes. On-loan Celtic hitman Stokes is 9-4 at McBookie to make it three strikes in three games.
I expect goals and with Craig Thomson in charge there could be cards – and maybe a sending off. A red card returns 5-2 at McBookie (now 7-4). Thomson red-carded Efe Ambrose last week and awarded two penalties in the Ross County v Celtic semi-final. Both sides to have a player sent off pays 18-1 at Paddy Power.
Celtic are no bigger than 1-33 against EK at Airdrie so finding value is tough. On the handicaps Celtic minus three should be safe at 8-11 with Paddy Power as 5-0 should be their lowest target. Celtic minus four pays 11-10 at Betfred and minus five is 11-4.
It’s such a one-sided book that I’ve seen priced such as Leigh Griffiths at 1-6 to score and 11-1 for Celtic to win 7-0.
Hearts to score 2+
Hearts v Hibs red card in match