Hibernian host Rangers at the Easter Road Stadium for a second consecutive home game on Friday night. Manager Paul Heckingbottom has seen his team move into the top six places due to a strong run of form over the last few weeks, while Rangers have struggled to keep pace with Celtic at the top of the table. Despite Celtic going through a managerial change, the Hoops have an eight-point advantage over Rangers. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Manager Paul Heckingbottom lost his first game since taking over from Neil Lennon at Hibernian. Incidentally, this defeat was at the hands of Lennon, whose Celtic team picked up a 2-0 victory in the Scottish FA Cup during the weekend.
Rangers were forced into a FA Cup quarter-final replay after only getting a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen during the weekend. Steven Gerrard’s men are unbeaten in 10 matches across all competitions.
The reverse fixture produced a 1-1 between Hibernian and Rangers at the Ibrox Stadium. The last game between these two teams at the Easter Road Stadium also happened to be a draw. Our betting tips and predictions expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 4.20[/bet_tip_now]
The last three games between Hibernian and Rangers have all been draws. However, this will be Paul Heckingbottom’s first game against Rangers as a Hibernian manager. Steven Gerrard has seen his team pick up a solid set of results on the road. However, the team will have one eye on the upcoming FA Cup quarter-final replay against Aberdeen. Hibernian are also coming on the back of a first defeat under the new manager and this may make the team extra cautious. Our preview would pick a stalemate to do the nervous circumstances.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 4.20[/bet_tip_now]
Hibernian win odds: 5.00
Rangers win odds: 1.60
Correct Score odds
Hibernian and Rangers have played out close draws in the last few years. Rangers will be keen to keep up with Celtic but the loss against Celtic makes Hibernian extra aware but losing the grip on the top six places. After having just conceded twice against Celtic, this will be a cautious affair from Hibernian. Our correct score prediction would be to back a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 8.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Rangers have come up an incredible 12 goals in the last three away matches, but Steven Gerrard’s men will be put under the leash by a Hibernian team that is quite good when it comes to home matches. This will be only the second home game for Paul Heckingbottom since his appointment almost a month ago. After managing a clean sheet in his only game at the Easter Road Stadium, our total goals prediction expects the Hibernian manager to expect more of the same. Our total goals prediction would pick under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Alfredo Morelos has had transfer rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League even as the transfer window is now shut. It is undoubtedly due to his quality but Jermain Defoe is a solid choice in order to come up with the first goal of the game. The former Tottenham striker has been able to come up with two goals in his last three appearances. Our first goalscorer prediction would pick Jermain Defoe.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jermain Defoe at 4.33[/bet_tip_now]
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