Live Match Preview – Hearts vs Hibernian 16.04.2022

Team news and how to follow the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park between Hearts and Hibernian on Saturday.

Hearts vs Hibernian – Saturday, kick off 12.15pm

Hearts and Hibernian are preparing to meet in a Scottish Cup showdown at Hampden Park for the fourth time in just 16 years this Saturday.

Team News: Hearts are boosted by the return of midfielder Cammy Devlin for the showdown with city rivals Hibernian at Hampden Park.

Andy Halliday should also be fit despite limping after scoring twice in last weekend’s 3-1 win over the Hibees in the Premiership.

Beni Baningime is out long term, while John Souttar and Michael Smith are fighting to be back before the end of the season.

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Hearts manager Robbie Neilson says back-to-back games against Edinburgh rivals Hibs, including the Scottish Cup semi-final, are season-defining for his side.

Hibernian Manager Shaun Maloney has Ryan Porteous available despite the defender being in the midst of a four-game league suspension.

Drey Wright – who opened the scoring last weekend – is doubtful, while Christian Doidge faces a late form check.

Paul McGinn is back in training but unlikely to feature, while Demetri Mitchell, Kyle Magennis and Kevin Nisbet are out.

How to follow: Follow Hearts vs Hibs in our dedicated live match blog through sky sports‘ digital platforms.

Last outing in the Scottish Premiership…

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Highlights from the Scottish Premiership game between Hearts and Hibs.

Talking Points

Hibs Manager Shaun Maloney and Chris Mueller during the cinch Premiership match between Hearts and Hibs at Tynecastle earlier this month
Hibs Manager Shaun Maloney and Chris Mueller during the cinch Premiership match between Hearts and Hibs at Tynecastle earlier this month

Shaun Maloney must stem the negativity

With just one win in 13 league games since the winter break, Shaun Maloney – who was only appointed Hibernian manager in December – is already the subject of intense scrutiny from part of the club support. After a soft performance in the second half of the 3-1 loss to Hearts last weekend, the rookie boss can’t afford another bad defeat at the hands of his side’s arch-rivals. On the other hand, if Maloney can somehow find a way to achieve victory and banish some of the ghosts of Hampden’s previous demoralizing losses to Hearts, it would go a long way to earning him some goodwill and patience from from a frustrated fan base. the low season.

Robbie Neilson can banish lingering doubts

Things could hardly be better for Robbie Neilson right now. After being the subject of protests from fans a year ago following Scottish Cup humiliation by Brora Rangers, the Hearts manager has bounced back
insistently leading his team to third place in their first season back in the top flight. The only thing that could upset the feel-good factor right now is a Scottish Cup loss to their city rivals. If Neilson can get through this weekend unscathed – and in doing so secure lucrative European group stage football for next season – it will surely banish any lingering skepticism among a minority who have never really warmed to him.

Hibs Hampden derby hexagon

Hearts and Hibs have met three times at Hampden in the Scottish Cup in the past 16 years, with the Tynecastle side winning all three matches by an aggregate score of 11-2. These included 4-0 and 2-1 semi-final wins in 2006
and 2020, as well as the 2012 final which Hearts won 5-1. Memories of those terrible Hampden derbies are among the main reasons Hibs fans have been slow to buy tickets for Saturday’s game. Maloney’s team must counter a recent dark trend if they are to reach the final.

The Ryan Game

Ryan Porteous is set to serve a four-match Premiership cinch ban but the Hibs defender is eligible for Saturday’s game. After missing the last two league matches, including last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at
Tynecastle, the 23-year-old is expected to be reinstated in the starting XI in a bid to try and make Maloney’s side more competitive. The rugged centre-back is perfectly capable of excelling and inspiring those around him to greater heights, but he’s also susceptible to a moment of recklessness that could cost him dearly. A solid and – above all – composed performance from Porteous is crucial to Hibs’ hopes of overcoming their city rivals.

Attack power of hearts

Hearts look stronger than Hibs in most departments, but especially on offense. With Kevin Nisbet injured and Christian Doidge struggling with form and fitness issues, and several recent signings still finding their feet, Maloney currently has no striker to rely on. By contrast, Hearts have a high-quality array of forwards, including the dangerous and in-form trio of Barrie McKay, Ellis Simms and Liam Boyce. The stats highlight this disparity, with the Easter Road side having managed just three goals in their last six games and Hearts having scored 16 in their last seven.

How the last three Edinburgh derbies in Glasgow have gone…

Andy Halliday celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1 in the game between Hearts and Hibs
Andy Halliday celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1 in the game between Hearts and Hibs

Hibernian 0-4 Hearts (April 2, 2006 – semi-final): At the time, it was the biggest Edinburgh derby ever staged. Hearts were enjoying one of their finest campaigns of the modern era and were well on their way to finishing second in the SPL. Hibs had also had a good season and were close to finishing fourth under Tony Mowbray. On the Easter Road side, the key trio Guillaume Beuzelin, Derek Riordan and Scott Brown were missing, while Garry O’Connor had just left for Lokomotiv Moscow. They proved unable to cope as Paul Hartley scored a hat-trick and Edgaras Jankauskas caught the other for the frantic Jambos. Adding insult to injury, Hibs had Ivan Sproule and Gary Smith expelled.

Hibernian 1-5 Hearts (May 19, 2012 – final): Eclipsing the 2006 semi-final in importance, the trophy was up for grabs on this occasion. Hibs had just avoided relegation from the SPL under Pat Fenlon, while Hearts finished fifth under Paulo Sergio. Once again the Tynecastle side proved far too strong for their city rivals as they rode to an emphatic victory. Darren Barr and Rudi Skacel had control of the Jambos before James McPake gave the Hibees hope before the break. A penalty from Danny Grainger and a red card for Pa Kujabi early in the second half left Hibs with a mountain to climb before Ryan McGowan and Skacel capped one of the most iconic wins in the history of Hearts.

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian (October 31, 2020 – semi-final): Hearts entered this one in the unusual position of underdogs as they had just started the season in the Championship, while Hibs rode high in the Premiership en route to a third place finish. Played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tynecastle side made the breakthrough on the hour through Craig Wighton before Christian Doidge equalized to send the game into extra time. Hibs had a chance to get ahead early in the second half of extra time but Kevin Nisbet saw his penalty hit the bar and Hearts capitalized by scoring a kick at him four minutes later by Liam Boyce, as they upset the odds. to reach the final for the second consecutive year. The victory was marred by news that 2012 Scottish Cup winner captain Marius Zaliukas had died aged just 36.

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