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IT'S a day off for the Scottish Premiership sides so the focus is on the Championship – not for the first time this season.

The big game sees Hearts entertain Hibs in the Edinburgh derby as they try to maintain their 15-point lead at the top of the table.

Hibs came as close to anyone to beating the Jambos in October when they conceded a last-gasp equaliser against 10 men as Alim Ozturk netted from long range.

It was a massive blow to Alan Stubbs’s men but they’ve recovered well and put on their best display of the season as they ravished Rangers 4-0 last weekend.

That result will give the green half of Edinburgh some hope but I’m standing by Hearts who have turned Tynecastle into a fortress and still have a 100 per cent record.

There should be thrills and spills – goals and cards – but at the end of the day I’m on a home win at a best 21-20 with William Hill and bet365.

Hibs are 3-1 at boylesports to produce a shock while a draw that will be backed by some pays 5-2 at Coral.

I tipped James Keatings to net first at Livingston and he is 9-2 at boylesports to repeat the dose while Dom Malonga, who netted at Tynecastle, is 15-2 with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock before heading to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Hibs have banged in 17 in six games so both to score has a good chance at 4-5 with bet365 while over 2.5 goals is 19-20 at bet365 and William Hill.

I’m not sure what to make of Rangers-Dumbarton after all the recent goings-on. The Ibrox side were a mess at Easter Road and Kenny McDowall struggled in his first game in charge after the exit of Ally McCoist.

McDowall has now lost star man Lewis Macleod to Brentford but has recalled loanees including Calum Gallagher from Cowdenbeath. I can’t consider backing Gers to win at a best 3-10 at Ladbrokes and while I was thinking about Dumbarton draw no bet at 7-1 with William Hill I'm put off with the Sons losing four players including striker Chris Kane who has been recalled by St Johnstone.

In the other Championship games QoS should beat Livingston and I'm on Falkirk at home to Alloa.

With Cowdenbeath losing loan star turn Gallagher I'm taking a chance on Raith Rovers in the Fife derby at 31-20 with Ladbrokes. The Kirkcaldy men have already beaten their rivals twice this season and got back on track with a fine 1-0 win at Falkirk that ended the Bairns' charge up the table.

Beath have lost Gallagher but kept hold off Dundee Utd loan striker Kudus Oyenuga and have signed midfielder Declan Hughes, who had been on loan, after he was released by St Mirren.

Raith have managed to hold on to Rangers midfielder Barrie McKay who wasn't recalled by the Ibrox side. This is one of my riskier Super Singles but Rovers should win if they play as they did last weekend.

In League One Stranraer should get back to winning ways at Ayr and are 19-20 at Coral. Stenny shocked the Blues last time out and look a good bet at 10-11 with Coral to beat a struggling Stirling at home.

Arbroath are flying in League Two and with 14 goals in five game look unstoppable against a Montrose side they've already beaten three times this season.

The Gayfield men are 1-2 with William Hill but with four meetings producing 17 goals this term look at over 3.5 goals at 21-10 with Hills.

Recommended bets

Hearts v Hibs btts (12.45pm)
(4-5, bet365)

Raith
(31-20, Ladbrokes)

Stranraer
(19-20, William Hill)

Arbroath v Montrose over 3.5 goals
(21-10, William Hill)

8 Comments
  1. Greg Browning 7 years ago

    Can’t argue with any of that Mr F

    Looked at both Falkirk and QOS, both should win, likely to be tight affairs!

  2. Deano 7 years ago

    Cardiff win and btts and hearts win btts, just waiting on hearts for £350, Mr f what would you say is the best cover bet?

  3. Dave Black 7 years ago

    Livingston have already played QOTS 4 times this season (twice at home, twice away) and all 4 games have been draws after 90 minutes. Two if the ties were in the cup and Livi won both in extra time.

    Since Burchill took over, Livingston have lost to Rangers & Hearts – narrowly – but have played some really good football and probably deserved at least a draw against Hearts last week. Couple this with Queens hitting a bit of a bad patch of late and I’d really have to say that I fancy us to get something today.

    6/1 for the win might be a bit out there but 7/5 on the double chance (both with William Hill) is one I’ll be all over today.

    I’d expect both to score too and reckon Gary Glen’s recent displays are leading to a goal and at 15/4 with McBookie anytime, I’ll be having a nibble there too.

  4. Wednesbury ay it 7 years ago

    Had a look last night at the Stranraer game and have to agree with Mr Fixit that Stranraer should get back to winning ways against a team who have not won in six games. That team being Ayr by the way.

  5. bigmick 7 years ago

    remember where you heard it first guys HEARTS 1 HIBS 2

  6. Alex Walker 7 years ago

    Bigmick. Hope yor right. 1nil to the cabbage.

  7. Aura 7 years ago

    Ive gone for raith and Stranraer to both win either half which returns over evens less risks involved especially with raith not being in the best form

  8. Greg Browning 7 years ago

    Spot on Paul

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