Scottish Cup final betting tips: Hibs out to deny Saints cup double
Preview and odds for St Johnstone v Hibernian
St Johnstone and Hibernian have both tasted long-awaited Scottish Cup success in the last decade and are now hoping to get their hands on the trophy again in Saturday’s final at Hampden.
The Perth side lifted the cup for the first time in their history in 2014 while Hibs claimed the silverware for the first time in more than a century two years later.
Celtic have won the last four Scottish Cup finals but with neither of the Old Firm teams involved this season, both finalists will believe they have a great chance of coming out on top.
Saturday’s match is live on BBC One Scotland, BBC iPlayer and Premier Sports and kicks off at 2.00pm as we highlight a few potential Scottish Cup final betting tips.
They have scored at least two goals in every round so far, beating Queen of the South 3-1 and Stranraer 4-0 before needing penalties to get past Motherwell after conceding twice late on in a 2-2 draw.
The 2-0 victory over Dundee United was more comfortable and Hibs are 17/10 to score at least twice again.
They should be well rested too, with Jack Ross leaving out possibly as many as eight of his starting XI at Hampden for last weekend’s goalless draw with Celtic.
St Johnstone are the 11/10 underdogs and 2/1 for victory in normal time but have already defied much bigger odds than that by getting past Rangers in the quarter-finals thanks to the Ibrox heroics of goalkeeper Zander Clark.
That was followed by a 2-1 win against St Mirren in the semi-finals despite the absence of four players due to Covid-19 rules while last week’s goalless draw against Livingston ensured they are in Europe next season, although victory at Hampden will ensure group-stage football.
St Johnstone are also bidding for a cup double after winning the League Cup in February.
St Johnstone v Hibernian head-to-head
Saints’ confidence that they can again defy the odds will be helped by this season’s meetings with Hibernian, having won the three most recent matches including one at Hampden.
Hibs won the first league game in August thanks to a stoppage-time penalty but were held to a 2-2 draw at Easter Road in November.
St Johnstone then eased to a 3-0 win in the League Cup semi-final in Glasgow in January and triumphed 1-0 in the two league games in March and May.
Hibernian: Marciano, Gray, Porteous, Stevenson, McGregor, Magennis, Wright, Newell, Gogic, Hallberg, Murphy.
Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard was the only player to score more goals in the Scottish Premiership this season that Hibernian forward Kevin Nisbet, who was tied for second in the goal charts with Kemar Roofe of Rangers on 14.
Nisbet’s team-mate Martin Boyle was not far behind with 12 while Christian Doidge has scored in every round of the cup so far so Hibernian clearly have the firepower to cause problems.
Saints have been solid in defence lately, though, limiting Livingston to just two shots and one corner last week as they got the point they needed to finish fifth.
Club captain Jason Kerr is at the heart of that defence and boosted Saints this week by stating he is keen to sign a new contract, having been linked with a number of clubs including Hibs.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication