AFTER five games without a win Neil Lennon made a big decision as he dropped star striker Jason Cummings.
The £1million-rated man bagged eight goals in seven goals but drew a blank four times in a row before Hibs boss Lenny wielded the axe.
And without Cummings the Easter Road men have won three in a row and netted eight goals. They’re back at the top of the Championship and back on the boil – partly down to the form of Martin Boyle.
The unheralded striker has grabbed Cummings’s jersey and netted three times in two outings.
In one of only two Championship games today Hibs entertain a Falkirk side with just one victory in six outings.
Hibs beat the Bairns back in August and can repeat the victory to move three points clear of Dundee United at the top.
Four of the last five meetings at Easter Road have been score draws so consider both to net at 10-11 with Coral.
The other Championship game should see a win for Morton at Dumbarton. Jim Duffy’s side have lost just one of their last seven in the Championship – at Dundee Utd – and have lost only two of their last eight trips across the water.
Dumbarton will be boosted by last week’s win at St Mirren but Morton are much better and look big at 27-17 with Marathonbet. If you want to keep the stalemate on side go Morton draw no bet at 11-12 with Marathonbet.
It’s IRN-BRU quarter-finals weekend with some interesting ties. Dundee United edged out Dunfermline 1-0 in the league on Tuesday and can beat the Pars for a fourth time this season.
They won 3-1 at East End Park in September and are 6-5 with McBookie.
Simon Murray netted the goal on Tuesday – his third against Pars this season – and he is 5-1 at betfair to score first and 13-8 to net at any time.
Queen of the South have responded to a goal drought by sacking Gavin Skelton ahead of a tie at home to Alloa. It will be interesting how the caretakers fare but Alloa could be a bit of value at a best 7-2 with McBookie.
Tomorrow Livingston are at home to the last surviving non-Scots, Welsh champions TNS. New Saints won 3-1 at Forfar in the last round and are 13-10 with McBookie.
I can see them winning but best bet could be over 2.5 goals at 1-2 with McBookie. Livi have netted exactly three in their last four while TNS have hit 19 in six and won 14 out of 14 in Wales.
St Mirren, with five defeats on the bounce and no Championship wins, are unlikely to get any joy off Ayr at home. Take the Honest Men at 13-10 with Paddy Power.
In League One best bet is both to score at Airdrie v Brechin and that pays 1-2 at Ladbrokes.
Elgin’s last 10 visits to Stirling have seen nine of them go over 2.5 goals including two this season. Both went over 3.5 so consider that at 6-4 with Paddy Power and back Forfar at home to struggling Berwick.
Bets to Consider
Boyle to score
Murray to score
Livingston v TNS over 2.5 goals