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.
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.
Griffiths to score
Hibs draw no bet
(13-8, Paddy Power)
First booking 16-30mins
(8-5, William Hill)