Hearts manager Jim Jefferies is rooting for Hibernian to make the top six in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League before the split - so his team can have another crack at them.
The Edinburgh sides battled out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Sunday's derby at Easter Road, with the Jambos snatching a late leveller to deny Hibs their first win in the fixture since May 2009.
The result was also a blow to Hibernian's hopes of securing a place in the top half of the table, threatening the prospect of another post-split meeting with high-flying Hearts this term.
But Jefferies says he would relish another tussle with their city rivals.
"I just hope they get into the top six so that we can get them again at Tynecastle," he said.
"We showed fantastic spirit after going a goal down so late and then finding a goal late on. That's one thing about Hearts, they never give up."