Santa Coloma v Hibernian betting tips: Ross’ troops in command
Santa Coloma v Hibernian betting tips and odds
Hibernian, like Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen, take a comfortable first-leg advantage from their Europa Conference League second-round qualifier to Andorra.
A double from Martin Boyle and a late goal from Scotland striker Kevin Nisbet secured a 3-0 win at Easter Road and Hibs are 3/10 to get the job done with another victory.
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An eventful opening leg saw three red cards, one in the first half for Hibs midfielder Joe Newell while the Andorrans had Hamza Ryahi Bouharma and Robert Ramos dismissed in a six-minute spell after the break.
Despite Newell’s controversial 29th-minute sending-off, the hosts more than held their own and extended their lead early in the second half before the Andorrans went to pieces.
Boyle gave Hibs a 14th-minute lead and against a limited Andorran team, the Scottish side can be backed at 16/5 to be ahead after a quarter of an hour.
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Head coach Jack Ross was reasonably pleased with his side’s performance, especially the second 45 minutes, and suggested there will be no let-up when they travel to Andorra.
“Certainly in the second half, I thought the intensity we played at was a lot better,” he told the club’s website. “It gives us a good advantage going into the second leg. We want to reproduce that second-half performance next week as well too.”
Newell will be suspended for the second leg so Ross has a decision to make about his replacement in midfield.
Hibs started in a 4-2-3-1 formation but Kyle Magennis came on for Scott Allan in the immediate aftermath of Newell’s red card, with Ross changing to a 4-3-2 in the second half which saw Boyle accompany Nisbet up front.
The Andorrans will have two players suspended for the game and are likely to deploy a 4-4-2 as they did at Easter Road.
When: 17:30, Thursday 29th July
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