Hearts - Hibernian Betting Preview: Shot-shy sides could produce dour derby tussle

Both sides will be desperate for victory after tasting defeat on the opening day of the season but Willie Duncan expects a low-scoring, nervy affair at Tynecastle on Sunday
Passion and pride will come to the fore on Sunday afternoon but points will be the main priority for both sides when Heart of Midlothian face Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.

The Jam Tarts find themselves adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table, having started the season with a 15-point penalty for entering administration over the summer and Gary Locke’s men will be hungry for victory against city rivals Hibs this weekend.

Hearts were beaten 1-0 by St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park last Sunday but are chalked up as 6/4 (2.50) favourites with Paddy Power to make amends for that result by beating Pat Fenlon’s men.

The Hibees have endured a torrid start to the campaign, having suffered a humiliating 9-0 aggregate loss to Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League before slipping to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Motherwell on the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership season.

Hibs claimed their first derby win at Tynecastle in three years courtesy of Ross Caldwell’s late winner the last time these sides met and Pat Fenlon’s men are available at 9/5 (2.80) with Paddy Power to win on Sunday. The draw is available at 23/10 (3.30) with the same firm.

Five meetings between these two sides last season produced just six goals while more than two goals have been scored just twice in the last 12 derby clashes at Tynecastle.

With that in mind, Paddy Power’s 8/11 (1.73) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored is sure to prove popular with punters while the 11/10 (2.10) quote from the same firm for either side to fail to hit the target looks to represent outstanding value.

Incredibly, at least one of the two teams has failed to score in 10 of the last 12 meetings between the sides on Hearts' home soil.

The Jam Tarts' squad has been severely weakened by the effects of administration while Hibs are without a goal in three competitive games this season as they struggle to replace last season’s top scorer Leigh Griffiths, so another tight encounter seems likely here.

Therefore, the 11/10 (2.10) quote from Paddy Power for either side to fail to hit the target on Sunday is the recommended play this weekend.

Those seeking to back bigger prices should snap up the juicy 11/5 (3.20) quote from Paddy Power for these shot-shy sides to serve up a match featuring fewer than two goals.

"No" on Both Teams to Score at 11/10 (2.10) 3pts with Paddy Power Under 1.5 goals at 11/5 (3.20) 1pt with Paddy Power

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