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Hibernian enjoy a seven-point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship and it looks more than likely that they will sitting at the top level of the domestic game at the start of next season. Nevertheless they will be put very much to the test tonight in the Scottish Cup when they face local-rivals Heart of Midlothian for the second time in ten days.
The original fifth-round tie between these sides ended in a goal-less draw at Tynecastle and a packed Easter Road will witness the sides colliding once again. The question is, who will leave with a place in the next round of the competition?
Heart of Midlothian are certain to put up very fierce resistance this evening, the Jambos continuing to push for a top-three finish in the Scottish Premiership. Ian Cathro’s men are unbeaten in their last four outings in all competitions and they successfully bounced back from their 4-0 thrashing to Celtic last month to record emphatic back-to-back wins over Rangers and Motherwell earlier this month.
Whilst the Jambos could only fight-out a 1-1 draw with rock-bottom side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their last Premiership outing, we believe that they will possess the edge over a Hibernian side which are winless in their last three outings.
This promises to be a fiercely-fought and somewhat bad-tempered affair – the Edinburgh derby usually is – however Hearts have been enjoying the better form over recent weeks and we believe that they will continue this by securing a passage into the next round of the Scottish Cup in ninety minutes at Easter Road tonight.