Derby delight for Hibernian

Our Scottish football expert Gareth Friel reckons Hibernian will edge Sunday's Edinburgh derby against beleagured Hearts.

Last Updated: 09/03/13 at 12:45 Post Comment

Leigh Griffiths can inspire a narrow Hibernian win

Leigh Griffiths can inspire a narrow Hibernian win

Our Scottish football expert Gareth Friel reckons Hibernian will edge Sunday's Edinburgh derby.

Scottish football lost regular Old Firm derby matches for the foreseeable future when Rangers were refused re-entry into the SPL last summer following liquidation - could it now be set to lose SPL Edinburgh derbies too?

Hearts may be taking legal advice over a news report that claimed staff had been told the club could go into administration but while that exact detail may or may not be true, there is no doubt the Tynecastle club are struggling. Officials and former boss John McGlynn have made that clear on a number of occasions.

Hearts face Hibs at Easter Road this weekend in what could be, depending on where both sides finish in the SPL, the last match between the two for a while.

Hibs' 1-0 Scottish Cup victory over their rivals in December may have been their first derby win in more than three years but it does make it three unbeaten against Hearts since the Scottish Cup final last May.

The Jambos got back to winning ways in midweek against St Johnstone but I still fancy Hibs for this one. Defensively they still look suspect and, up front, Michael Ngoo and John Sutton miss too many chances.

Hibs were impressive in victory against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup last weekend and Leigh Griffiths was once again the star man. If he plays like he did at Rugby Park, Hearts are in trouble.

Edinburgh derbies are generally close affairs, barring a few high-profile exceptions, and I don't think there will be much in this one. So instead of backing Hibs at shades of odds-against I'll go for them to win by one goal.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

Footer 365

D-day for FIFA as Sepp Blatter opens 65th congress

Sepp Blatter has formally opened FIFA's congress on a day his critics hope could signal a new start for football.

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in three years' time.

Sepp Blatter vs Prince Ali: FIFA election explained

Will Sepp Blatter see off Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein? We explain how Friday's presidential vote works...

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company