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BELOW Celtic the battle for the rest of the top-six places in the SPL will be hard-fought.
The closeness of the teams was illustrated on the opening day of the season with three draws and a 1-0 for Celtic in the five fixtures.
Most people would expect Dundee Utd, 15-8 favourites at Skybet to finish in the “best of the rest” race to get the better of Hibs today but I'm not so sure.
Peter Houston’s side are 4-6 favourites with bet365 to beat a Hibs outfit whose last campaign was pretty much a disaster from start to finish.
Pat Fenlon’s men finished second bottom then were hammered 5-1 in the Scottish Cup Final against city rivals Hearts.
Fenlon is promising a fresh start but the personnel hasn't changes much so Hibs are as big as 9-2 with BetVictor.
What could play into their hands is the fact United will have one eye on their Europa League return away to Dinamo Moscow after drawing 2-2 at home.
The Arabs played pretty well against the Russians and have enjoyed the upper hand against Hibs recently, losing only once in 13 meetings.
But they started slowly in the SPL last season and with Hibs needing to impress early on I can see them drawing. The stalemate pays 5-2 (various) while Hibs are 11-10 with Paddy Power plus one.
There have been plenty of goals in recent outings and William Hill’s 10-11 for the contest to produce at least three stands out.
Skipper Jon Daly has netted five in his last four against the Hibees and is 4-1 at Skybet to break the deadlock and it could pay to look at Gary Mackay-Steven who was outstanding against Dynamo. The winger is 16-1 at bet365 to net first and 5-1 to score at any time.
Hibs have re-signed Leigh Griffiths on loan from Wolves and is probably their best bet for a goal. He is 17-2 at bet365 to break the deadlock and 13-5 to score.
Mackay-Steven to score
Hibs plus one
(11-10, Paddy Power)
Over 2.5 goals
(10-11, William Hill)