Livingston v Hibernian Betting Preview
Location: Toni Macaroni Arena
Date: 13th February 2016
Live on BBC ALBA
Even when the Hibs juggernaut looked down and out against Hearts Alan Stubbs’ side came back fighting.
The pejorative term to ‘Hibs’ it looks like it will have to find a new home after their Scottish Cup fightback last weekend. Trailing 2-0 at half-time to Edinburgh rivals Hearts the Hibees never gave in, controlling the second half with 60%+ possession.
Even though they were still trailing by two with ten minutes to go they never looked defeated. It took them right to the death to rescue the game but rescue it they did. You would be hard pressed to back against them winning out in the replay next week.
Livingston will have their work cut out for them and with five defeats from their last six matches the portents are not good. David Hopkin has won one of his eight games in charge of Livi since Mark Burchill left. A couple of new signings in January, including Charlie Telfer on loan from Dundee Utd, are unlikely to change that on Saturday.
One of the key aspects of this Hibs revival is the strength in depth now at Alan Stubbs’ disposal. With what many would already consider to be the best midfield in the division Kevin Thomson came on in the second half against Hearts and absolutely bossed the midfield. He adds huge experience to a midfield that already includes exciting talents like Henderson and McGinn.
Jason Cummings outshone the on loan Anthony Stokes with his backward header that started the fightback. With Chris Dagnall having impressed in his fleeting appearances up top so far there is also plenty of talent in the forward line. Most Championship clubs are going to have to step up to a very high mark to stop this Hibs side anytime soon, provided of course they don’t actually Hibs it up.
Livingston v Hibernian Betting Preview Betting Odds
Hibs head into this game as strong favourites at a best 1.53 (8/15) with McBookie. Livingston are available at 6.5 (11/2) with Marathon Bet while the draw is best priced at 4.5 (7/2) with Paddy Power, McBookie, Coral and Ladbrokes.
Livingston have failed to score in seven home matches this season so both teams to score doesn’t appeal at a best 1.75 (17/20) with Ladbrokes. That could leave you relying on Hibernian to score all the goals if backing +2.5 goals at 1.57 (8/13) with Ladbrokes. Under 2.5 goals has much more appeal at 2.55 (31/20) with Coral and should be considered.
Jason Cummings has scored in all of his last eight away matches for Hibs and could be considered to score anytime at 1.91 (10/11) with bet365.
Livingston v Hibernian betting preview free football tips and betting tips
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.55 with Coral