Simply the bets: Oxley 500-1 to score derby opener

Mark Oxley scored in Hibs' win over Livingston
Mark Oxley scored in Hibs' win over Livingston
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HIBS fans can back goalkeeper Mark Oxley at odds of 500-1 to score the first goal in Sunday’s derby against Hearts at Tynecastle.

The Hibees stopper stunned Easter Road last weekend as he scored with a punt from his own box to give Alan Stubbs’ side a 2-1 win over Livingston in their opening Championship clash last weekend. Maybe more realistically, Oxley is 8/1 with to save a penalty in the derby.

After his matchwinning efforts at Ibrox last Sunday, Osman Sow has been the most popular selection to score the first goal this weekend. The Hearts striker is the 5/1 favourite, with the main Hibs goal-threat coming from Farid El Alagui, who is 15/2 to score first.

Hearts are the 21/20 favourite with McBookie, although some bookies already have them odds-on. The draw can be backed at 5/2, while Hibs are 13/5 to claim the bragging rights.

Recent Edinburgh derbies haven’t exactly been goalfests, with the game averaging just 1.6 goals over the past two years. That is backed up by the fact under 2.5 goals is 5/6. Hopefully, the 10/1 on offer for a 0-0 won’t be a winning bet, although both set of fans will be happy to scrape a 1-0 win. That pays 13/2 for Hearts and 11/1 for Hibs.

Neutrals, on the other hand, will be hoping bookies are paying out on a 3-3 draw at a tasty 100/1.

McBookie is offering a special enhanced 3/1 for a Hearts win or 11/2 for a Hibs win to all customers opening new accounts (Max bet £10)