EASTER ROAD welcomes the return of the Edinburgh derby and a few weeks ago it would have been easy to call.

Hibs would be taking the bragging rights if Ian Cathro was still Hearts boss but under Craig Levein the Jambos are difficult to beat and have lost just one in five.

They're winning ugly so who triumphs tonight – the grittier or the prettier?

Neil Lennon's men seem to raise themselves for the bigger games. Rangers were defeated at Ibrox and Celtic held at Parkhead and on Saturday gave Hoops a good contest in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

Hearts beat St Johnstone 1-0 at the weekend and Levein admitted they'd have lost that scrappy affair last season.

Bookies are happy to side with Hibs and Paddy Power go a best 11-10 on the home win which for me is a tad short.

Hearts are as big as 14-5 at bet365 while the draw pays 5-2 at McBookie.

There's no doubt Levein will try to stop Hibs playing and best bet could be under 2.5 goals at 10-11 with William Hill.

I also like HT draw at 6-5 with Stan James while 0-0 at the interval is 9-5 with McBookie.

It should be fiery with more cards and goals and a sending-off is possible at 3-1 with McBookie.

Anthony Stokes is Hibs' most likely first scorer at 5-1 with bet365 while McBookie make Hearts' Kyle Lafferty 13-2.

Tonight's other games between Hamilton v Partick Thistle and St Johnstone v Ross County aren't any easier to call.

Last-placed Thistle moved to within one point of Accies in 10th by picking up their first win against Dundee.

Whether they can make it two in a row is doubtful and I'm on a draw at 23-10 with McBookie.

County also notched a vital win at the weekend against Accies and could be worth a punt at off-colour Saints who have lost three in a row without scoring. Owen Coyle's side are 11-4 at Sky Bet and a safer punt is County draw no bet at 13-8 with betfair.

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  1. renwick 5 years ago

    Hamiltion v Partick btts could be a shout Mr F??

    • Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      Could be – two poor defences. But won’t be on my line.

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