SIX of the last seven meetings of the Edinburgh rivals have brought up under 2.5 goals with the exception being the 5-1 Scottish Cup Final.
This season Hearts have only scored more than one goal twice and of them was a 3-3 draw with Queen of the South in the League Cup.
Eight out of 12 of Hibs' games this season have gone under 2.5 goals with the only high scorer being a 5-3 success against Stranraer in their last cup clash.
Not surprisingly only one goal – in favour of the Jambos – was produced when the pair met at Tynecastle at the start of the season.
So the best bet in tonight's League Cup encounter at Easter Road must be under 2.5 goals at 4-6 with Ladbrokes.
Four of the last five encounters have actually gone under 1.5 goals and that pays a best 85-40 at Stan James.
Hibs have recovered well from that 1-0 defeat and are 21-20 at Paddy Power to gain revenge. Hearts, who now trail their neighbours by 22 points, are 31-10 with McBookie.com while the draw pays 12-5 (various).
The lack of firepower of both sides is highlighted by the fact Hibs' joint top scorers are Paul Heffernan and Liam Craig on three and for Hearts it's Jamie Walker and Callum Paterson on two – one fewer than Luis Saurez netted against West Brom at the weekend.
Heffernan is cup-tied and therefore Craig represents value at 18-5 with McBookie.com to net at anytime. To score first Craig is 10-1.
Elsewhere St Johnstone should win at Morton and are a best 4-6 with the likes of Betfred and Ladbrokes. Top scorer Stevie May netted three times for Hamilton in two games against the Greenock men last season and is 4-1 at Ladbrokes to break the deadlock.
Motherwell are a best 13-8 with McBookie.com ahead of a tough clash against an Aberdeen side who are up to second in the Premiership after winning at Hibs. The Dons have won on three of their last five trips to Fir Park and are a biggest 19-10 at boylesports to do so again.
Hibs v Hearts under 2.5 goals
Craig to score
Well v Dons btts
(10-11, William Hill)
May to score first