HIbernian vs AberdeenScottish Premiership, KO: 15:00 Feb 2, 2019, Easter Road
THE Neil Lennon era is now officially over at Hibs, with the club releasing a statement on Wednesday that gave us more questions than answers.
Despite suspending Lennon last week following a rumoured behind-the-scenes bust-up, the former Celtic boss wasn't sacked and neither did he resign.
Leaving by “mutual consent” was the phrase used by the club as they announced both Lennon and assistant Garry Parker would no longer be in charge.
Former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is one of the early favourites for the job along with Lennon's predecessor Alan Stubbs.
But it looks like caretaker boss Eddie May will remain in charge for the visit of Aberdeen as he looks to oversee a second win.
May led them to a 3-1 triumph away to St Mirren last weekend but the Buddies blew chances to put the game out of sight after taking a first-half lead.
Hibs were much more impressive after the break and it was Oli Shaw who made the difference, coming off the bench to score and help set up the other two goals.
That should earn the striker a start for this one and he looks good value in the anytime scorer market at 31/10 with Unibet. If you want to increase those odds, he's 36/5 with Marathonbet to break the deadlock.
This is the third meeting of these sides at Easter Road this season and the last two ended in stalemate, albeit Aberdeen edged through on penalties in the League Cup.
Another draw looks the most likely outcome and it's a best 23/10 with Bet365, although this is such a tough one to call. If I had to pick a winner I would side with the Dons who are a best 9/5 with Betfair, especially with talented Hibs defender Ryan Porteous out injured.
Aberdeen took a while to get going after the winter break, drawing at home to lowly Stenhousemuir and Kilmarnock while winning on the road at Hamilton.
But they scored four against Stenny in their midweek Cup replay and look to be getting back up to speed. Winger Gary Mackay-Steven loves a goal against Hibs, having netted five times against them in the last two seasons. If you fancy him for a repeat, GMS is a generous 4/1 with Paddy Power in the anytime scorer market.
It was a quiet deadline day at Aberdeen with the only bit of business Scott Wright's loan move to Dundee.
But things were more busy at Easter Road, with the Hibees missing out on landing Celtic's Scott Allan six months early but bringing in Reading's Marc McNulty, Motherwell's Gael Bigirimana and Leicester kid Darnell Johnson. Heading out the exit door was Aussie striker Jamie Maclaren who has gone home to Melbourne City.
McNulty should feature either from the start or off the bench and might be a good shout for anytime scorer at 11/5 with William Hill.
These sides are pretty evenly matched so I expect it to be quite a tight one, although the loss of key defender Scott McKenna is a blow for Aberdeen. In three meetings this season, only three goals have been scored in total so it could pay to back another lack of action.
Under 2.5 goals is sadly a best 69/100 with Marathonbet so you need to go under 1.5 strikes to find any value at 43/20 with the same firm.
This Scottish Premiership match between HIbernian and Aberdeen will be played on Feb 2, 2019 and kick off at 15:00