Ross County

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Victoria Park

07/04/2018 | 3:00 pm

Hibernian

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Victoria Park

07/04/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Europa League hopefuls Hibernian visit Ross County in Scottish Premiership action on Saturday afternoon.

Last time: Craig Curran gave the Staggies an unlikely lead before efforts from Anthony Stokes and Oli Shaw sealed the points to consign County to the foot of the table in late December.

This time: Ross County are 3/1 to emerge triumphant, with Hibs available at 17/20 and the draw 12/5.

You might remember: The 2016 Scottish League Cup final between the sides. Ross County won 2-1 after a historic 90th minute strike from Alex Schalk, with the deciding goal securing the club’s first piece of major silverware in their history.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Ross County are looking for their second Scottish Premiership win inside a week when they host Hibernian at Victoria Park on Saturday

The Staggies recently recorded their first league success in over two months in the basement showdown with Partick Thistle. More importantly, the priceless victory saw County move off the bottom of the table and dented their closest competitor’s hopes in the process. The unlikely 4-0 scoreline gave the Dingwall club a timely boost in their battle to beat the drop and their goal difference has also benefited.

Visitors Hibs have been in good shape for the bulk of the campaign and boss Neil Lennon is buoyed by his squad’s growth. The former Hoops tactician admitted his side are ahead of schedule and Rangers are firmly in the sights of the Edinburgh outfit.

Football predictions for this encounter show Ross County at 3/1 to earn a valuable victory and a follow up to Tuesday’s accomplished performance would put pressure on Dundee. The incentive is there and two or three positive results could pull the hosts away from the danger zone.

Further Scottish Premiership predictions for this vital duel at both ends of the table display Hibernian at 17/20, and an away day success is the expected outcome. The travelling party have picked up seven victories on the road and fare just as well away from Easter Road.

The tie is 12/5 and with second spot up for grabs, a draw is unlikely to please the Ulsterman. Expect Lennon to push his side to take the spoils and continue their march up the standings.

Hat-trick hero against Partick, Schalk, is 9/2 to register first in this Scottish Premiership preview. The Dutch forward has been a bright point in an underwhelming year and will have his suitors if the Staggies fail to stay up. Schalk has a highly impressive 11-goal haul and is a popular choice in the latest football betting predictions offering.

Florian Kamberi is 8/1 in the same market and also struck a treble in his last showing for Hibs. The 23-year-old has six goals from just eight appearances since moving to the club on loan in January, and it promises to be a fascinating watch with two in-form attackers on show.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

McGinn. The seven-cap international provides the stardust in Lennon’s side and is 41/10 to net anytime.

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We fancy:

Goals. Ross County and Hibs struck a combined seven times in their respective midweek fixtures and over 2.5 goals after the break is 4/5. Another attractive pick are both teams to score predictions at 4/6, and this should comfortably be fulfilled.

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It’s a long shot, but:

A 3-1 Ross County triumph is 40/1 in the football score predictions market and would give the Staggies back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign.

Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.