Aberdeen and Hibernian meet on Friday evening in the Scottish Premiership and the Dons are tipped to get one over on Neil Lennon’s side.
Aberdeen to win and under 3.5 goals scored @ 7/4
There have been four meetings between these clubs so far in 2018 and Aberdeen have been unable to get the better of their Edinburgh rivals – at least in regulation play.
Derek McInnes’ side did of course come out best in a Betfred Cup quarter-final at Easter Road last month in a penalty shootout, a game that appears to have changed the momentum of both teams’ season.
Aberdeen have gone on to dispose of Rangers in the last-four and will find themselves once more being the barrier between Celtic and domestic bliss in a Hampden Park final at the end of the month.
McInnes’ side have won four of their last six games in all competitions, losing only to Hearts and Celtic, the current one-two in the Scottish Premiership. They are coming to life after a slow start and picked up a good win at Kilmarnock last weekend – their third success in a week.
After losing that quarter-final to Aberdeen, the Hibees responded with wins over struggling Hamilton and St Mirren but they haven’t managed any wins in their last three. They performed quite well at Celtic Park in a 4-2 loss, though they were perhaps too cavalier, while the opposite was true in a turgid Edinburgh derby stalemate at Hearts next time out.
Aberdeen have failed to score in three of the last four against Hibs, but they appear to be meeting Lennon’s team at a good time, with St Johnstone taking three points last week at Easter Road. Don’t expect a goal-fest, but the home side can squeeze out a win.
Hearts to beat Kilmarnock 1-0 @ 25/4
Hearts were dealt a reality check last weekend at Parkhead in a 5-0 crushing by Celtic. Craig Levein attempted to take some of the heat afterwards but, in truth, his side just didn’t have the ability to chase a game against Celtic.
It is now eight goals conceded and none scored in three game for the Jambos, who must win this home clash with Kilmarnock to ensure they will remain as league leaders irrespective of what Celtic do on Sunday.
They can just about be backed to edge this against a Killie side without a win in three. Steve Clarke’s team had made the most of a decent set of fixtures in the late autumn to climb up the table but they are now falling towards middle ground again. They’ve earned just one clean sheet in their last 11 games and that handicapping them.
Goals tend to be hard to come by in this fixture, with just one of the previous six instalments producing more than two goals. Hearts need a response after three disappointing games. They are 25/4 to win this 1-0 and that is a fair price.
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