Hibernian vs Rangers predictions and betting tips for this Friday’s Scottish Premiership clash on March 8th with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included. See our predictions and betting tips below.
Paul Heckingbottom has undoubtedly helped Hibs become a more solid outfit since he arrived in the capital, but his side barely laid a glove on Celtic at the weekend, and he will be desperate to bounce back against Steven Gerrard’s men. Rangers can’t afford any more slip ups with their title hopes hanging in the balance. Celtic have an eight-point advantage, but face a tough game against Aberdeen this weekend. Can the Gers eat into their rivals lead at the top of the table?
Hibs fans were disappointed to see their side fail to create any clear cut chances as they exited the cup with a whimper at the weekend. Celtic were easy winners at Parkhead, but it’s back to the bread and butter of the Premiership on Friday night as Rangers come to town. This game under the lights should be a cracking 90 minutes with both sides desperate to avoid any more slip-ups. Paul Heckingbottom had seen his side win three matches in a row since arriving at Easter Road, before their cup exit, and he’ll be desperate to maintain his unbeaten record in the league. Despite beating Celtic back in December, the home fans have little to cheer this season with Hibs winning just five times this campaign.
They are however quite difficult to break down, and have conceded just 12 goals at home all season, and just four in the last six. Rangers won’t find this an easy task, and it ended goalless when they met earlier in the campaign. However, despite only drawing 1-1 at Pittodrie in the cup last time out, Rangers have been in imperious form recently. The Gers hit five past Hamilton (who then went on to beat Aberdeen in their own backyard), and also scored four times against Dundee. They conceded in neither of those two fixtures, and I think they can sneak a win here. Gerrards men are short at 7/10, but it’s 11/4 for them to win by a 1 goal margin, and that’s the first of our Scottish Premiership predictions for Friday.
Neither of these two sides will be easy to break down, and this could be a tactical affair. Rangers have shipped just two goals in six matches, and they average just 1 goal conceded per game on their travels. Hibs are tough to break down on their own patch, and will be suitably well-organised. They average just 0.92 goals conceded per game and each of the last two meetings between these two teams have finished with three goals or fewer. Considering these recent defensive displays, Under 2.5 Goals is the best way of betting in this game, and that can be backed at a decent price. It is the second of our Hibs vs Rangers betting tips for this vitally important Scottish Premiership clash.
Alfredo Morelos is a card magnet, and when the markets are formed, he is always worth backing for a moment of indiscipline. However, he’s also got a good recent scoring record and could continue that record at Easter Road. He scored twice at Pittodrie and has netted in three of his last four outings. He’s hit a purple patch, and will be looking to make it 29-goals for the season in all competition. With eight in six, he could the man to make the difference in this Friday night tie. The Colombian is the third of our Hibs vs Rangers betting tips.
Rangers are set to go off at an odds-on price and can be backed at around 4/6 to pick up three points on the road here. It ended goalless when they met here earlier in the campaign and it’s 3/1 for the points to be shared once more. Hibs have been resurgent under Heckingbottom and they can be backed at 4/1 to spring a surprise here.
The bookies are fancying goals in this one, and it’s 4/5 for Over 2.5 Goals in this clash. It could be tight and cagey however, and Under 2.5 Goals is available at Evens. Hibs have the potential to be dangerous going forward and it’s 4/5 for Both Teams to Score? Yes in this game.
Alfredo Morelos is available at 4/1 to strike the opening blow and he is closely followed by James Tavernier, who is 8/1. The latter may be on penalty duty once again in this clash. Hibs’ Florian Kamberi has had a stop-start campaign, although he’s netted twice in his last four matches. He can be backed at 13/2 to score the opening goal of the game.