Hearts v Birkirkara Betting Preview
Date: 21st July 2016
Hearts are part of a delicate balancing act but there is reason to be optimistic.
An away goal in the first leg would have made things much easier. The Maltese would have had to make some effort to attack. As it stands they are likely to employ the defensive rearguard action that served them well in Malta.
Consequently The Jambos need to be very wary about protecting their own goalmouth. An away goal for Birkirkara would turn the tie on it’s head. They are well organised and very difficult to break down so something to cling on to could give them the impetus to get through.
While the Hearts fans might want their side to go on the attack it seems most likely to be a tense and nervy evening in Tynecastle. The Jam Tarts have the measure of the opposition, they proved that in the first leg.
But there is an awful lot to lose if they are cavalier and throw caution to the wind. They may have a go early to try and catch them on the hop but after that things are likely to settle down. Set pieces could be their best chance of success.
Even a 1-0 lead won’t calm the nerves of the fans. That will still be just a kick of a ball from elimination. While it would also put Birkirkara behind in the tie I wouldn’t expect it to lead to a change in strategy until much later in the game.
Essentially Hearts should have the vast majority of the play. But converting that into goals or goalscoring chances might be more difficult than most people think.
Hearts v Birkirkara Betting Preview Best Betting Odds
Hearts are strong favourites at a best price of 1.44 (11/25) with William Hill. Birkirkara can be backed at 8.5 (15/2) with Marathon Bet who are also best price for the draw at 5.3 (43/10).
Both teams to score could see the end of Hearts’ participation so we should hope the best price of 1.8 (4/5) from Coral is a little shy. The alternative bet is 2.17 (7/6) with 888Sport. Unders look better than overs with bet365 and Paddy Power offering 2.0 (evens) on under 2.5 goals.
Hearts v Birkirkara Betting Preview Free Football Tips & Predictions
Hearts to win 1-0 @ 6/1 with McBookie
Hearts to win 2-0 @ 6/1 with McBookie