WHEN Neil Lennon tipped Hibs to finish second most people had a wry smile.
But the Easter Road gaffer could have the last laugh if his side win tonight's derby at Tynecastle.
I predicted Hibs at odds against to be higher than Hearts and also top six at a decent price but runners-up spot was difficult to see.
But if they beat the Jambos for the third time this season they'll take the fight to the last day and could seal second if they beat Rangers at home on Sunday.
Hibs have taken seven points from matches against Celtic, Killie and Aberdeen after the split and are hot favourites with firms such as McBookie going evens.
That's the shortest I can remember them for a visit to Tynecastle which means Hearts fans will jump at a best price of 3-1 at Betway.
They trail their city rivals by 20 points but competed well against Celtic on Sunday and the defeat was a first at their refurbished home.
At Tynecastle Hibs haven't scored this season – drawing 0-0 and losing 1-0 – while they won both at home to nil. So stats suggest best bet could be no to both scoring at 9-10 at McBookie.
Celtic are no bigger than 1-5 at McBookie at home to Killie. Steve Clarke's side have a win and draw in their last two meetings with the champs and are 14-1 at bet365 but have lost three in row since the split .
Moussa Dembele has been protected by Brendan Rodgers with Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard out so there is no striker in the starting line-up. James Forrest is likely to play furthest forward and is 15-2 at betfair to score first.
Alloa reached the Championship play-off final with two wins against Raith but are a little short at just over evens at home to Dumbarton. Take both to score at 17-20 with Ladbrokes.
Both to score is also the shout in the League One final between Stenhousemuir and Peterhead. All four meetings this season have seen both score and the last six meetings at Ochilview have seen btts & over 2.5 goals.
- Hibs +1
- Forrest to score first
- Alloa v Dumbarton btts
- Stenny v Peterhead