Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom is looking forward to the Edinburgh derby with Hearts, taking some positivity into the match.

His side come into this game on a bad run of form, winning just one of their opening five Premiership matches. They have won just two of their last 12.

Hibs are struggling for form. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The only comfort for some Hibs fans is that Hearts are in a worse state. They come into this game with just 28 points recorded since October 28 last year.

Heckingbottom is seemingly upbeat and confident ahead of the clash, which he is looking forward to.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “This game takes care of itself. It’s still only three points and September. But it’s the perfect game – your fans saying we need to be stronger mentally, more aggressive, more disciplined in the game.

He knows what’s required. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Edinburgh derby – I’d have one every week. I loved them. There’s no hiding place for players. We had two Edinburgh derbies last season and regardless of how we were playing we played well in both.”

Hibs boss Heckingbottom will be relieved to see the Edinburgh derby

The Hibees boss has his Edinburgh rivals to thank. Because of them, Hibs aren’t the worst team in the Premiership right now.

Heckingbottom is in a seemingly confident mood ahead of Sunday’s big game and who can blame him.

Looking to pile the misery on their capital neighbours. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Every team in the Premiership will fancy their chances against the Jambos right now, who haven’t won a league game since March. They did pick up rare points in their last trip to Leith though in a 1-1 draw.

That’s not to say Hibs are in terrific form though. They too have been pretty poor, especially defensively, conceding 16 goals in five matches.

Regardless, the under pressure boss seems up for the occasion. He needs a victory in this must-win clash, or his job will be under serious scrutiny.

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