HIBS take on Ross County in the League Cup Final at Hampden today and it’s a tough one to call.
McBookie.com are offering 60-1 Hibs can complete the treble of promotion, League Cup and Scottish Cup – and while a trophy would be the icing on the cake I’m sure boss Alan Stubbs would settle for a return to the Premiership which will be via the play-offs.
The Scots firm offer 4-1 Hibs will be promoted but miss out on the League Cup and Scottish Cup and it’s 2-1 they end with three failures.
Once again we have the Championship side being favourites against a top-six Premiership outside and while it looks wrong I understand why Rangers and Hibs are being priced that way.
Hibs have been preparing for the Final in warmer climes and will hope to bring some sunshine to Leith with a win.
Rangers proved last week there is nothing for Championship clubs to fear from Premiership outfits as they dumped Dundee 4-0.
And indeed Hibs have already taken the scalps of Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Dundee United this season and face a Scottish Cup replay at Inverness in midweek.
Hibs are a best 11-8 with McBookie to win in 90 minutes and no bigger than 8-11 with the Scots firm to lift the trophy. County are 23-20 on the outrights and 21-10 with McBookie to triumph in normal time.
I don’t think there will be much in it but Hibs have a bit more quality in the shape of John McGinn, Liam Henderson, Jason Cummings and of course Anthony Stokes if he starts.
County are enjoying a super season but must have been jolted by back-to-back home defeats to Dundee United in the league and Scottish Cup.
They conceded three goals each time and that must be a worry for Jim McIntyre who will again be without first-choice keeper Scott Fox.
Gallus striker Cummings will fancy his chances of the opener and is 6-1 at McBookie and 85-40 anytime. There could be more value in McGinn to score at 6-1 with Coral and Henderson at 5-1 with the same firm.
County will look to Irishman Liam Boyce for goals while Alex Schalk also poses a threat.
It’s likely to be close so don’t rule out extra time and either team to win after an extra half hour is 6-1 with Skybet and to go to penalties pays 4-1.
McBookie are doing a bet £5 get £5 free on any market in the game so mine is on Henderson to score first at 15-1.
Hibs to lift trophy
(4-5, Stan James)
McGinn to score first*
(15-1, McBookie – risk-free £5)
Over 2.5 goals