Reasons to believe Hibernian can build on early-season success

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In their last game, Hibernian became the first domestic visitors to score twice at Parkhead in the Brendan Rodgers era.

They left Glasgow’s East End with a draw, though it’s testament to their display that the Hibees will have been disappointed not to take maximum points.

It’s the latest impressive feat Neil Lennon’s men have managed this term.

The Leith outfit are currently the only side other than Celtic to score in their first eight Premiership games. Their 3-2 victory at Rangers also made them the only visitors other than the Hoops to net three goals at Ibrox since May 2015.

Hibs’ impressive goalscoring record has been in large part thanks to Anthony Stokes and Simon Murray.

Neil Lennon’s reunion with the former Easter Road loanee has given the Cabbage experience and a touch of class, while Murray’s pace and finishing have made him a big asset in both the Ladbrokes Premiership and cup competitions.

Defensively, they’ve coped well with the absence of injured pair Liam Fontaine and Darren McGregor. However, once that pair return – both are expected to recover in the next month – there’s every chance Hibs’ goals conceded column will start to look healthier.

Next up is a meeting with Aberdeen in Leith. The Dons are currently in second spot, but a closer look at the stats show they’re not firing on all cylinders.

In the past month or so, they’ve drawn with Heart of Midlothian and Kilmarnock and suffered a 3-0 League Cup rout at the hands of Motherwell. Derek McInnes’ men also lost 2-0 on their last visit to Easter Road.

With all that in mind, Hibs look good value for victory at 31/20. Meanwhile, the in-form Stokes is 4/1 to be Last Goalscorer for the fourth time this season.

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