Hearts v Hibernian Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 21st January 2018

Craig Levein’s Hearts and Neil Lennon’s Hibernian meet in a tasty looking Edinburgh derby this Sunday afternoon in the Scottish FA Cup at Tynecastle. Football in Scotland is back after a three-week break, with the FA Cup taking centre stage this weekend. Will it be Hearts or Hibs who kick off 2018 in style this weekend?

Despite being away from home in what will no doubt be a hostile atmosphere, the Hibees make the short trip as the favourites to progress through to round five of the FA Cup. However, the Jam Tarts have been strong at home this season, and they won’t want their bitter rivals celebrating on their patch at the weekend. This has all the makings of being a spicy cup tie in west Edinburgh.

Top Tips

Hearts to Win @ 17/10

Hearts to Win 2-1@ 17/2

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Hearts Form

Hearts ended 2017 in strong fashion, going nine games unbeaten. Levein’s side have not lost since a 2-1 home defeat to Kilmarnock back in early November. Since then, the club have drawn six and won three. However, after becoming the first team to beat Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in the league in December, Hearts have drawn their subsequent three.

In fact, since Hearts’ fourth and final goal against the Hoops a week before Christmas, the Jambos have failed to score in 270+ minutes of football, as their last three have all ended goalless. Levein and co. will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host their rivals on Sunday.

MatchDateScoreResult
Aberdeen v Hearts 30th December 2017 0-0 Draw
Hearts v Hibernian 27th December 2017 0-0 Draw
St Johnstone v Hearts 23rd December 2017 0-0 Draw

Hibernian Form

Hibernian also head into this cup tie in decent form having lost only two of their last eight in all competitions. Since falling to a heavy defeat at Pittodrie in mid-December, Hibs have won one and drawn two, including a 0-0 draw at Tynecastle in the Scottish Premiership two days after Christmas.

After 22 games in the league, Hibs sit fourth on 35 points, five ahead of fifth-placed Hearts. After winning just one of their past six Premiership matches, Lennon’s men will be hoping to get back on track in 2018, starting with an FA Cup win over their rivals this Sunday.

MatchDateScoreResult
Hibernian v Kilmarnock 30th December 2017 1-1 Draw
Hearts v Hibernian 27th December 2017 0-0 Draw
Hibernian v Ross County 23rd December 2017 2-1 Win

Head to Head Stats

There has only been one goal scored in the two Premiership fixtures between the pair this season. Back in October, Simon Murray’s third-minute strike was enough to give Hibernian a 1-0 win at Easter Road in the first top flight Edinburgh derby since 2014. Then, the reverse match at Tynecastle ended in a goalless draw just a few weeks ago.

Hibs have an excellent recent record in this fixture, winning four and drawing five of the last nine between the two. Hearts’ last Edinburgh derby triumph came in a Championship matchup back in August 2014. Despite their solid record over their rivals of late, Hibernian have not won at Tynecastle since May 2013. The last four at the home of Hearts have ended in stalemates.

MatchDateScoreResult
Hearts v Hibernian 27th December 2017 0-0 Draw
Hibernian v Hearts 24th October 2017 1-0 Hibs Win
Hibernian v Hearts 22nd February 2017 3-1 Hibs Win

Injuries & Suspensions

Hearts’ defender Michael Smith is a doubt after picking up a knock against Aberdeen recently. The hosts will certainly be without star striker Kyle Lafferty, who’s suspended. Sunday’s tie could also come too soon for Hibs’ Steven Whittaker.

Hearts

  • Michael Smith - Could miss out with a knock
  • Ashley Smith-Brown - Out since September with a groin strain
  • Arnaud Djoum - Side-lined with an Achilles tendon problem
  • Rory Currie - Out for the season with a torn ligament
  • Kyle Lafferty - Striker suspended

Hibernian

  • Steven Whittaker - Doubtful after picking up a hip injury
  • Ross Laidlaw - Side-lined for the season with a shoulder fracture

Betting Tips

These two rivals look very well matched, which proved to be the case when they locked horns at Tynecastle in the league just a few weeks ago. Both teams are in a good place to have a run in the FA Cup this year, but which one of these Edinburgh clubs will come out on top at Tynecastle on Sunday?

Hearts to Win

With Levein’s Hearts at home, we’re expecting the Jambos to take the game to Hibs from the start. Hibernian felt hard done by in the league meeting a few weeks ago, after Oli Shaw’s early goal was incorrectly chalked off and we fancy them to be in for more bad luck in this one. Have a punt on the hosts to win on Sunday at odds of 17/10.

Hearts to Win 2-1

Hearts’ last victory over Hibernian was a 2-1 Championship triumph over three years ago. Back then, Sam Nicholson and a Prince Buaben got the goals in a full-blooded affair at Tynecastle. The 2-1 Hearts victory this Sunday is available at 17/2.

Esmael Goncalves to Score Anytime

With Lafferty out, Hearts will be looking to Esmael Goncalves to fire them to victory. You can get the Portuguese at 11/5 to score anytime.

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