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P.J. Murray 9th Mar 2012 - 16:21

William Hill Scottish Cup Final - Preview

Edinburgh will dominate Glasgow as the William Hill Scottish Cup final is an all capital affair.

Against all odds Hearts and Hibs will battle it out for the final honour of the season at Hampden Park.

This will be the biggest ever Edinburgh derby and the first time these sides have met in the cup final since 1896. Celtic were strong favourites throughout the competition but it took a monumental effort from Hearts to dispatch the Bhoys and as such they are favourites to claim the title they last won in 2006.

Hibs last Scottish Cup win came at the turn of the century, last century, as they won their second and last cup in 1902.

Hearts (Evens) were the underdogs in the semi-final as they faced a seemingly unbeatable Celtic side, but when Craig Beattie smashed in his last gasp penalty to seal the win the show of emotion showed how much it meant.

Hibernian (11/5) will be going to Hampden with the intention of being more than just bit part players. Pat Fenlon has a lot of experience in cup finals from his time as Bohemians manger and the Irish man has done what was required by keeping Hibs in the SPL and a cup win would top off what has been a dire season for his side.

Hibs have been dominated in the capital city for all too long and with the new order in England's main footballing city, Manchester, Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Hibs to bin years of oppression and silence their noisy neighbours.

Rudi Skacel is out of contract after the Scottish Cup final and the striker has said he hasn't been offered a new one, so this could be his last hurrah in the maroon of Hearts. He could write himself even more in Hearts folklore with a match winning goal. We have a Match Winner offer involving the Czech midfielder. Skacel to score anytime and Hearts to win in 90 minutes has been enhanced to 4/1.

We have also enhanced the match to go to be decided on penalties to 6/1. Hibs striker Garry O'Connor has vowed to walk down Princes Street naked if his side do the business.  Needless to say the striker could go a long way to ensuring his interesting walk. We are offering, in our third Match Winner, 5/1 for him to score anytime and Hibs to win in 90 minutes.

There will be a sense of trepidation as both sides fear losing more than they will hope for victory, to lose to your rival is bad enough, but in a cup final which cannot be easily avenged will be heartbreaking.

Hearts have performed the better of the two throughout the season, but in their win over Celtic they proved one thing, that in any given game on  any given day anything can happen, and this will surely form the backbone of Fenlon's pre-match talk. At 13/2 the double result of Draw/Hibernian looks to be value.

Hibs haven't tasted cup victory in over 110 years, a bit longer than Man City's 44 for top flight success. The desire is there and they will not fear their rivals, especially over 90 minutes in a neutral venue.


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