Hearts produced a big shock to beat Celtic in the semi-final of their FA Cup tie, with Craig Beattie’s last minute penalty sealing a 2-1 victory after Gary Hooper had cancelled out Rudi Skacel’s 47th minute opener.
It has been a typically testing season for Heart of Midlothian fans, who have seen their team finish 5th in the table and Paulo Sérgio remains in charge which is something of a surprise considering the chairman’s penchant for switching managers at the drop of a hat.
Can the Jambos finish off the season by beating their arch-rivals at Hampden Park? Hearts are the 5/4 favourites (Paddy Power free bets) and could prove too strong for a Hibernian side that have been the second worst team in the SPL this term.
The Hibees are now managed by Pat Fenlon, although they continue to flirt with relegation and it has been a minor miracle that they have made the Scottish Cup Final considering 21 of their 38 league games have been defeats.
Hibs beat Aberdeen 2-1 in the semi-final to set up a mouth-watering match with their Ediburgh rivals, with victories against Kilmarnock and Ayr helping them to reach the final two. To say their route to the final has been generous is an understatement.
Even so, the men in green and white are just one game away from victory and odds of 11/4 (Bet Victor) are available that Hibernian’s poor supporters have something to cheer about, even if Hearts have dominated the matches this season.
The Jambos have won all three matches between the sides this term and two have been by a 2-0 scoreline, with odds of 8/1 (Ladbrokes free £50 bet) available that the same thing happens in this match.
Not that Paulo Sérgio’s men have finished the campaign too strongly, with just one win from their final five games and the last of these matches saw them thumped 5-0 by Celtic. However, that man Skacel will be looking to orchestrate affairs from an attacking midfield position and can be backed at 7/1 to score first which looks a decent price.
Hibs did recently enjoy a 4-0 thumping of Dunfermline which will give them confidence coming into this match and Gary O’Connor has been in a rich vein of form recently, with the former Birmingham man a 10/1 chance to score first here.