Hibernian suffered quite heavy defeat last time out previous Saturday when the team visited Aberdeen in a game that should have quite a balanced one, but their hosts proved to be simply way more effective side in comparison to the guests who had more of the ball possession, but real creativity was lacking that time.
Their hosts entered the match in a best possible way, scoring three goals in the first halftime, via Shinnie in 11th minute and Mackay-Steven in 36th and 45th minute. Visitors weren’t that defensive, but it wasn’t their best day in attacking manner, as Mackay-Steven scored third goal in 62nd, with Hibs only reducing the deficit in 89th minute with a goal from Stokes in overall deserved defeat.
It was third consecutive game without victory and second consecutive loss, as the side now stands at fourth position with six points less than third placed Rangers and seven more than seventh and out of play-off placed side Motherwell.
Hosts might have fully available squad to choose from since defenders David Gray (7/1) and Steven Whittaker (15/1) remain doubtful but with chances to recover.
Ross County, on the other side, comes from yet defeat, this time on the road to Hamilton previous Saturday in quite entertaining game that have ended with a 3:2 result. It was their sixth game without a victory in a game where they probably did deserve something more.
Hosts took the lead in 30th minute with a goal from Imrie from the penalty kick, but the visitors were attacking too, managing to level up the result in 73rd also from the penalty kick taken by Curran. Hosts re-took the lead in 75th via Sarris and even though van der Weg leveled up in 84th, guests stood playing with a man less two minutes later as Gardyne got red carded and the players of Hamilton took the victory with an own goal from Lindsay in 89th.
Surely it was disappointing way to drop points, as they now stand only at eleventh position at the table having just two points more than rock bottom placed Partick. Guests will miss suspended midfielder Michael Hardyne (18/3), while defender Sean Kelly (12/0) remains doubtful.
~ Last four matches of Hibernian have ended with over 2.5 goals at home.
Having actually very little to lose away from home against Hibernian, I can see players of Ross County being more attacking and dangerous here, just the way they looked many times this season on the road, trying to get something with bit more open approach.
Hibs are favorites, no question about this but my first betting choice will be over goals since the visiting side wouldn’t surprise me here in case of walking away with something in overall very open clash.
Bet : Over 2.5 Goals