Neil Lennon and Hibs have got plenty to be cheerful about in the midst of a rock-solid run of form and they are fancied for more weekend success against Scottish Premiership basement club Dundee.
Hibs have been quietly going about their business in recent weeks and have, almost unnoticed, crept into third spot in the table.
They did so courtesy of an impressive 3-0 demolition of Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Tuesday evening, when most of Scotland’s attention was focused on Celtic’s joust with Bayern Munich a few miles away in Glasgow.
That result for Hibs carried plenty of merit, given that Killie boss Steve Clarke had impressively avoided defeat in his opening games again Rangers and Celtic, both away from home.
A look deeper into Hibs recent form shows that Lennon and his team has made steady progress since coming back into the top flight.
After the buzz that was created with their 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox in August – much of it down to Lennon’s storied past with that club – Hibs wobbled for a period of time.
They’ve now won four of their last six in the league, failing only in their games again Celtic and Aberdeen, the two clubs currently above them. They came closer than anybody to halting Celtic’s invincible status in a 2-2 draw at Parkhead in September, while just a single goal separated the teams last month against the Dons.
Since that setback, their league response has been excellent, with an Edinburgh derby victory over Hearts and away wins over Motherwell and Kilmarnock. They’ve not conceded a goal in winning those three games and also managed to give Celtic another fright in their League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, losing 4-2.
Hibs are 10/27 to overcome Dundee at Easter Road on Saturday. Given their own recent defensive record, and the fact Dundee have conceded more goals than any other Scottish Premiership side (23 in 12 games), Lennon’s team make plenty appeal at 11/10 conceding a one-goal handicap.
Elsewhere, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Rangers last 16 Premiership games, including last week’s victory over Hearts.
The Gers should be too good for Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday (Rangers 20/57 to win) but instead of taking a home win, bank on the goals flowing again, with over 2.5 priced at 2/3 for this clash in Govan.
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