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Kenny Shiels' men play host to Pat Fenlon's side at Rugby Park on Wednesday night and our Scottish football expert is anticipating plenty of goals

Kilmarnock and Hibernian enjoyed away-day success in the Scottish Premier League at the weekend and both sides will feel confident of victory ahead of their rescheduled meeting at Rugby Park on Wednesday night.

The original tie, which took place earlier this month, was abandoned during the second half after a spectator, who later passed away, was taken ill and it is sure to be a sombre occasion for those inside Rugby Park on Wednesday.

Kenny Shiels’ Kilmarnock had won just one of their nine previous matches in all competitions prior to the 3-2 victory over already relegated Dundee at the weekend and the Ayrshire side are chalked up at 29/20 (2.45) with BetVictor to claim all three points against Hibs.

Pat Fenlon’s side will come into this match buoyed by Sunday’s victory over Edinburgh rivals Hearts – only Hibs’ second league victory of 2013 – and the Scottish Cup finalists are chalked up at 17/10 (2.70) with BetVictor to follow up with a win here. The same firm go 9/4 (3.25) that the match ends in stalemate.

It is worth noting that both teams have scored in 11 of 13 previous meetings between the sides while the abandoned match this month was also tied at 1-1 when the game was stopped early in the second half and goals seem likely again here.

BetVictor offer 3/4 (1.75) that both teams hit the target at Rugby Park on Wednesday night while the same firm offer a juicy even money (2.0) quote that three or more goals are scored here - a price which should be snapped up by punters.

Scotland's Player of the Year Leigh Griffiths, on loan at Easter Road from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has so often been the difference for the Hibees this term. Griffiths has scored 28 goals in all competitions for the Edinburgh side and the 22-year-old is chalked up at 5/1 (6.0) to break the deadlock on Wednesday.

However, with the Scottish Cup final looming large, Pat Fenlon may opt to rest some of his key players and Kenny Shiels’ Kilmarnock could take advantage.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has been preferred to top scorer Paul Heffernan in recent weeks as Killie’s main striker and the 29-year-old, who struck against the Hibees in the abandoned match, can be backed at a chunky 6/1 (7.0) with BetVictor to break the deadlock on Wednesday.

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Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) with BetVictor
Kris Boyd to score first at 6/1 (7.0) with BetVictor


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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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