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Match Preview | Hibernian v Aberdeen

Friday, 21 April 2017


William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final
Hibernian v Aberdeen
Saturday, 22 April 2017, kick-off 12.15pm
Hampden Park

 

Tomorrow the first William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final takes place and while Hibernian look for two cup wins in a row Aberdeen are looking to lift the famous trophy for the first time since 1990.

 

Previous meetings:

 

The two sides have met on five occasions in the semi-finals with Hibernian winning on two occasions and Aberdeen triumphing in the other three.

 

The last time they met at Hampden at the semi-final stage was in 2012 when Hibs won 2-1.

 

Garry O'Connor stabbed Hibs into a third-minute lead from close range and the Edinburgh side deservedly went into the break with their lead intact.

 

Rory Fallon's fantastic, looping volley squared the game after 59 minutes as reward for the Dons' response.

 

But Griffiths slotted the semi-final winner with five minutes remaining.

 

 

 

What the managers have said:

 

Neil Lennon

 

"We've kept some of our best performances for the cup run so far and now we're back at Hampden.

 

"It's going to be a big crowd, against a class side, really good manager in charge so we know how difficult it's going to be but the pressure's off as far as we're concerned.

 

"The only thing the players want to do is defend the trophy as best they can now and if you're going to win it, you have to beat what's put in front of you and the next obstacle's a big one in Aberdeen.

 

"I've got a good core of the squad who are more than capable of playing in the Premier League. They proved that with the cup runs last year, they made two finals and won one and now we're in a semi-final as well having beaten the biggest rivals very convincingly over two games."

 

Derek McInnes

 

 “We have finished second in the league for the last couple of seasons and we look as if we could do that this season again.

 

“I think the players want to put themselves in a position to try and be remembered as a Scottish Cup-winning team, as I do as manager.

 

"I don't want to prioritise though as we are in a position where we want to achieve both.

 

"We want to finish second and we want to win the Scottish Cup. 

 

“We have got a tough game ahead of us on Saturday, but somebody has got to win it and we want it to be us."

 

The journey so far for both teams

 

Fourth Round

 

Aberdeen 4-0 Stranraer

Bonnyrigg Rose 1-8 Hibernian

 

Fifth Round

 

Ross County 0-1 Aberdeen

Hearts 0-0 Hibernian

 

Fifth Round Replay

 

Hibernian 3-1 Hearts

 

Sixth Round

 

Hibernian 3-1 Ayr United

Aberdeen 1-0 Partick Thistle

 

Tickets

 

The clubs have confirmed that no tickets will be available on matchday. Around 32,000 tickets have been sold.

 

Matchday information

 

Travel advice for Hibernian v Aberdeen

 

Information on unacceptable conduct 

 

Information on items prohibited from the stadium

 

 


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