Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Sunday’s Edinburg derby between Hearts and Hibernian will bring down the curtain on day 5 of the new Premiership campaign. Hearts have been performing above expectations on their return to the Scottish elite division, with the team sitting in second position ahead of Matchday 5. The newcomers aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Hibernian. In-form Northern Ireland attacker Liam Boyce is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The Hibs, on the other hand, aim to retain first place in the table. Hibernian have been impressive in front of goal at the start of the season, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. The good news for the visitors is that key attacker Kevin Nisbet returned to training ahead of the Edinburg derby.
Highlighted Player (Liam Boyce):
Liam Boyce is a Northern Ireland international who plays for Burton Albion in the League One. Boyce was born in Belfast on April 8, 1991 and he started his senior career at Cliftonville.
The 184-cm tall attacker played for the likes of Werder Bremen II and Ross County as well before becoming Burton Albion’s record signing in the 2017 summer transfer window.Liam Boyce missed almost entire 2017/2018 season through a serious knee injury, returning to action on February 3, 2018. Speaking of his international career, Boyce made his Northern Ireland debut against Scotland on February 9, 2011, coming as a substitute for Niall McGinn.
Six years later, on June 2, 2017, he scored his first goal for the Northern Ireland national team in a 1-0 win over New Zealand. Liam Boyce’s main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a second striker as well.
Highlighted Team (Hibernian):
Founded in August 1875, Hibernian are the Scottish Premier League team that play home matches at Easter Road. The capacity of the venue is 20,421, and it was opened in 1893. The Hibs wear light green shirts with white sleeves and white shorts in home matches, while light grey is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Hibernian clinched their first Scottish league trophy back in the 1902/03 season, and they were the dominant force in Scottish football in the early 50s, securing three titles more from 1948 to 1952. The Easter Road outfit recorded their biggest win on September 3, 1881, with the team rolling over Black Watch Highlanders 22-1.
In February 1961, the Hibs suffered the biggest defeat in the club's history as they were beaten by Airdrie 11-1. Hibernian and Hearts face each other in the Edinburgh derby. The rivalry between the two clubs is considered one of the oldest rivalries in world football.