Thursday, 7.45, live on Sky Sports 1

THERE is one game tonight and it could be an explosive one between Hearts and Hibs.

The Edinburgh rivals have produced some tasty fare down the years with Hearts enjoying the upperhand in recent campaigns.

Their dominance was highlighted by last season's 5-1 Scottish Cup Final win but Hibs have hit back this campaign and got revenge of sorts when they knocked the Jambos out in their first defence of the trophy.

That was Hibees' first win over their rivals in 13 attempts and three years – and they go into this Tynecastle clash on a high after beating Celtic last weekend.

It was a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle earlier in the seasons and with Hibs six points clear of their rivals any thoughts about an inferiority complex have been wiped out.

Hibs will feel this is their best chance in ages of winning in their neighbours' backyard. Certainly they possess a weapon Hearts don't have – a matchwinner in the shape of Leigh Griffiths.

The on-loan Wolves hitman netted a cracking winner against Celtic to take his season's tally to 14 in the SPL – joint top woth Billy McKay.

Griffiths will be the one Hearts have to watch and dyed-in-the-wool Hibee will be desperate to net against the Jambos before possibly signing out of Easter Road.

The Scotland cap is 13-2 at BetVictor and Coral to bag the opener and 2-1 at Betfred to net at any time.

John Sutton will be Hearts' main threat up front and he is 6-1 (various) first and 11-5 at Betfred anytime. Ryan Stevenson, the penalty taker, has been in the goals recently and is 9-1 (bet365, BetVictor) and 10-3 (Betfred) respectively.

For the match itself Hearts are 11-10 favourites at Coral and Ladbrokes and it looks a bit short to me.

Hibs are as big as 11-4 with the likes of BetVictor while the draw pays 12-5 (various).

A read an interesting stat that Hibs hadn't lost a New Year derby played on a Thursday since 1903 and that makes me wonder whether it will be their night.

You'll be gathering that I find this, and it's often the case in derbies, really tough to call but I've a feeling Hibs won't lose. Whether I'm brave enough to take them I don't know but for sure I'll be on draw no bet at 13-8 with Paddy Power.

There is always a possibility of a red card in this game but William Hill go no bigger than 9-4 so instead consider the first booking between 16-30 minutes with the same firm at 8-5.

A few cards are likely to be flashed but hopefully the ref will resist the temptation to reach into his pocked in the first 15 minutes.

Recommendations

Griffiths to score
(2-1, Betfred)

Hibs draw no bet
(13-8, Paddy Power)

First booking 16-30mins
(8-5, William Hill)

72 Comments
  1. Seamus 8 years ago

    Draw no Bet would be very appealing to those who bet big – the fact risk has been reduced too. I fancy hibs, but Hearts are so hit and miss. Here hoping to a good game nonetheless

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Seamus, I hope my doubts over the game came across. It’s pretty tough to call and if I wasn’t watching the game I’d probably do no bet.

    • Seamus 8 years ago

      Sure is tough to call. Am going £10, hibs win @ 5/2 with paddy power. Hopefully get home from work in time to watch it :)

  2. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    I was looking at Griffiths which is a good price but find it strange why he is 2/1 with Betfred and only 11/8 with Tote (same company).

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, I’ve noticed their prices in some markets vary so I’m assuming totesport retained some of their own compilers and do some of their own online odds.

  3. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Didn’t even realise there was any football on tonight. I just went into Betfred and prices the same as online. Sutton @ 11/5 and Griffiths @ 2/1 is too big in my opinion especially when the they are 5/1 with Betfred to score first. Ladbrokes, Hills and many others have them @ 11/8 which is prob about right but hey who’s complaining. I just stuck on £50 on each player for anytime. I expect at least one of these players to get on the score sheet.

  4. Anton 8 years ago

    2-1 to the jam tarts.

  5. usa man 8 years ago

    2-2 draw 14/1 for me 10 pound.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      USA man, a draw has a chance. I think I’ll be on Hibs draw no bet and might go Griffiths to score and score first once I see the line-ups.

  6. Craig Gordon 8 years ago

    Uve got the bets right here. Hearts are woefully short in the betting and McGowan will be a huge Loss. I’ve no idea why theres been so much money for hearts. Must be the addicts coming out to play as its the only game on! I’m a hibs fan home and away and I never bet us but I cant refuse tonight just cant see us losing! Famous last words I know :)

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Craig, I hoped I’ve called it right. You must take some ribbing from fellow Hibees with that moniker!

  7. Paul Downey 8 years ago

    Paul I have an acct with 365 and the only card times market they do is 5/6 each of 2, 27 mins or before/27 mins after for time of 1st card.would u take 5/6 as an alternative to your card market selection?

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Paul, 5-6 27 minutes or before would be my choice and must have a chance.

  8. usa man 8 years ago

    me two mr fix it. yes sir for sure.

  9. robbie 8 years ago

    Is this game likely to have a few goals? Over 1.5, 2.5? Or is it risky? Cheers

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Robbie, I think it’s risky going for goals but may get a better idea once it starts for an inrunning bet.

  10. Anton 8 years ago

    Come on the hearts.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Anton, USA man, sorry hit the wrong button. Set it up to remind the game was on tomorrow.

  11. Matthew 8 years ago

    Paddy power enhancing an anytime wincast on Griffiths anytime and him win 11/2 worth a shout …

  12. james mccann 8 years ago

    scorecast
    zaliukas and 1-1 70-1 with coral £5 on then checked willie hills and its 140-1.i will not be betting in corals again.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      James, always best to compare. Sometimes Coral will be bigger, sometimes it will be Hills. It always varies.

  13. Craig alves 8 years ago

    Grifiths 1st gl and hibs win for me 9/1 £5 free bet

  14. Paul Downey 8 years ago

    Thanks paul. Going to have £15 on.those asking about goals, me personally I think 2-2.racing post tips under 2.5

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Paul, you know what it’s like, an early goal can change everything. There have been more under games than over recently between the two but anything goes in a New Year derby. Players will give their all before the SPL takes a two-week break.

  15. usa man 8 years ago

    in ladbrokes there returning correct scores bets if there is a red card in the game 2-2 draw not bad then . good luck all.

  16. Knottsy 8 years ago

    Fancy Hearts tonight. Recent form better, their record in recent derbies hard to ignore along with home advantage. Took Hearts single along with a wee touch on them -1. Good chance of red card usa man – always is in derbies. Fans will be pumped up and will fire players up – price for red card just too short for me tho.

  17. Craig alves 8 years ago

    ???? Am lost, fellow hibees hahaha

  18. Ewan Stewart 8 years ago

    Hearts to win 1-0 6/1

  19. Craig alves 8 years ago

    £1 singles on 2-2 14/1,hearts/hibs 33/1 & hibs/hearts 25/1
    50p anytime scorcasts – griffiths 2-2 25/1 & sutton 2-2 22/1
    Zaliuskas 1st gl 3-2 hibs 460/1
    Hanlon 1st gl 3-2 hearts 550/1

    Fiver on lets hope for suhin back, wee scorecast would go down a treat

  20. Anton 8 years ago

    After seeing the hearts team a will go for 1-1 or 2-1 to hibs

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Teams: Hearts – MacDonald, Barr, D McGowan, Zaliukas, McHattie, Driver, Stevenson, Robinson, Taouil, Novikovas, Sutton.
      Hibs – Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Deegan Taiwo, Claros, Cairney, Doyle, Griffiths.

  21. Chris Harris 8 years ago

    btts?

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, not sure to be honest but probably.

  22. Anton 8 years ago

    Driver Sutton Griffiths all to score

  23. usa man 8 years ago

    i still like 2-2 each BUT BONKERS BET HIBS 3-1 22/1 LADBROKES.let win some money money.good luck

  24. robbie 8 years ago

    If its a probable btts, does that mean u fancy over 1.5 now that the lineups r out? cheers

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Robbie, should be two goals. It’s a 1-1 or 2-1 Hibs for me.

  25. Muzza 8 years ago

    I like the hibs draw no bet at 13/8 plus I think both teams will score at 4/6

  26. Anton 8 years ago

    3-1 hearts final prediction. Stronger midfield home fans behind them

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Hearts have started better but not made a chance.

  27. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    I really hope this is not a boring 0-0 game. Nothing worse when you have goalscorers on

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, it’s been utter mince, really has. I never see a game as bad as that in the juniors. I warned it could be a low scorer but hoped it wouldn’t be. 0-0 is always a possibility and there’s been a couple recently between Hibs and Hearts. Hopefully something will happen second half to spark it into life.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, 0-0 is now 11-10. Shows you what bookies think is going to happen. Nothing.

  28. Craig alves 8 years ago

    If you put bets on at bet365 you’ll get refunded on ht/ft correct score and scorecast, no 1st scorers tho.
    Still hopeful of griffiths/hibs

  29. Anton 8 years ago

    A goal one thinks

  30. Seamus 8 years ago

    Nobody seems to want it much for a derby game! Need a goal to light the game up, as I am writing topper of a miss by Stevenson lol

  31. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Hearts look the likely scorers at the min

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      1plus2, I’d take any goal right now. Has 0-0 written all over it and I hope I’ve now sparked a goal.

  32. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Hearts will score here m8 they are looking the most likely as i said 25 mins to go deffo score

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      1plus2, Hearts have been by far the better side with Hibs playing for a draw but a goal would still surprise me.

  33. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Willie Collumm has been to lenient as well so there may even be a penalty watch this space !

  34. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Absolute abysmal beyond belief

  35. Seamus 8 years ago

    Coming to life now – here’s to an exciting last ten mins hopefully

  36. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Should have scored there

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      1plus2, decent last 10 minutes and you nearly got your Hearts goal with Sutton but game had 0-0 tag from not long after it started.

  37. Seamus 8 years ago

    Couldn’t write that maye

  38. Seamus 8 years ago

    Mr chris guy – griffiths and Sutton? Now that’s unbelievable hard lines. Both should have scored.

  39. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Like i said had draw written all over it ;-)

  40. Seamus 8 years ago

    Came to life near the end but with they two chance with Sutton griffiths, that tells you it’s a draw! All in all tho, poor game tbh! Maybe had to high an expectation for the game.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Seamus, there have been some good ones down the years but Hibs spoiled this one by being too cautious. Felt it was going to be 0-0 from early on as I said. Can’t wait for Walsall v Portsmouth tomorrow!

    • Seamus 8 years ago

      Couldn’t agree more, but you would think with fire power in griffiths and Doyle they would have went for it, collectively as a team too! Sat to deep and failed on any counter attacks. But fair play too hearts, they where the better team all in all! Bring on the weekend in general – I’m off. No Celtic game to go to unfortunately, so look forward to jeff sterlings patter and a winning coupon too lol

  41. Knottsy 8 years ago

    Second half better than first. Thot Hearts were the better team and shuda won but thats the way it goes. Worse still its cup games this weekend :(

  42. John 8 years ago

    Had a small bet on Freamunde in the portuguese second division, 2nd from bottom but 3 wins from the last 5, hit 1O goals in the last 6 games, got 3/1 for them to hit 2 and they got 3 which was 12/1, keep an eye on them guys because the bookies will

  43. Chris Harris 8 years ago

    Got a doing tonight on btts. Boring game as well.

    Never mind, tomorrow is another day.

  44. Leigh 8 years ago

    What does everyone fancy in Walsall Portsmouth game. Tempted with a single bet to win money for weekend

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Leigh, I’ll put up some tips later. Portsmouth have gone 12 without a win but will have a few players back who’ve been missing.

  45. Leigh 8 years ago

    Cheers mr F. Thinking of putting last £30 from account on Walsall, would get £55.50 back on hills, would cover bets for Saturday/Sunday

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Leigh, I’ll be putting something on Walsall soon. It’s a bit like Hearts v Hibs and certainly not clear-cut. Walsall might shade but again if I wasn’t watching it I wouldn’t have a bet.

  46. Leigh 8 years ago

    Also think your slightly harsh on Hibs Paul, had better clear cut chances than hearts, felt they were more likely to nick it albeit draw seemed likely from 25 mins in. Although I think if they had pushed Doyle up closer to griffiths and played wotherspoon wide right with one of the centre mids dropping out(CLAROS!) think they would have won. Hearts are a poor team

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Leigh, as a neutral I don’t agree about Hibs having better chances. The Doyle one is the only one I recall while Stevenson missed from a yard, Holt had one cleared off the line and Sutton hit the bar. That’s 3-1 on clearcut chances.

  47. Leigh 8 years ago

    Griffiths was unlucky near the end when McGowan blocked it, although Sutton hit the bar was unlucky wouldnt class a clear cut chance where u expect him to score

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Leigh, we’ll need to disagree to be honest especially if you don’t regard a header from six yards that hits the bar as not a clearcut chance. At the end of the day it was 0-0 and whatever we say won’t change that.

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