Hibs match preview

Livi make the short trip to Leith on Saturday as they conclude their Edinburgh double header by taking on Hibernian at Easter Road.

The Lions head for the capital full of confidence after that famous 5-0 win over Hearts at the Tony Macaroni Arena last Friday night and also in the knowledge that they came out on top in the previous meeting with Neil Lennon’s side, a 2-1 home success back in early September.

After a gruelling five games in 14 days, the Livi players enjoyed a well-earned rest on their Christmas trip to Dublin last weekend and will be raring to go come kick-off time on Saturday.

So with that in mind, let’s look ahead to the big game!

How have the Hibees got on since we last met?

Neil Lennon’s side responded well to that September defeat at the Tony Macaroni Arena, reeling off four consecutive victories. After a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock at Easter Road, they eased past bottom-side Dundee 3-0 at the Kilmac Stadium. They rounded off September with a 1-0 victory away to At Mirren before demolishing Hamilton 6-0 at Easter Road.

That thumping win proved to be the Hibees’ last for over two months as a run of seven games without success saw them tumble down the table. A 4-2 defeat to Celtic was followed by a goalless draw in the Edinburgh Derby before consecutive 1-0 losses to St Johnstone and Aberdeen.

It looked like their slump would end when they took a two-goal lead against bottom-of-the-table Dundee at Easter Road but ended up being held to a 2-2 draw. They then suffered a dispiriting 3-0 defeat at Kilmarnock before another 2-2 home draw, this time against St Mirren.

Things have picked up in the last three games, though, with seven points gained from wins over Hamilton (1-0) and Celtic (2-0) and a goalless draw at home to Rangers leaving the Hibees in eighth place with 27 points from 18 games.

Is there any team news ahead of the big game?

Livi are still without long-term absentees Lee Miller and Raffaele De Vita, while Ricki Lamie is still a doubt. Bobby Burns is available for selection again having been ineligible against Hearts. Declan Gallagher is one booking away from triggering a one-match suspension.

Hibs are set to be without goalkeeper Ofir Marciano after the Israeli was forced off against Rangers on Wednesday night. David Gray, Marvin Bartley and Paul Hanlon are all also set to miss out with long-standing injuries.

What are the chances of a Livi win on Saturday?

The Lions haven’t won at Easter Road since 2005 and league sponsors Ladbrokes don’t rate their chances of changing that on Saturday with odds of 18/5 on an away win. Hibs are odds-on at 17/20 with the draw 23/10.

All of Livi’s four wins at Easter Road (including the 2004 CIS Cup Semi-Final) have been secured without conceding a goal – if you fancy them to ‘win to nil’, that’s 6/1 or if you think they can repeat their last away win over Hibs, a 3-0 win for the Lions is 80/1.

Can I still get tickets?

Hibs have confirmed that tickets can be purchased from the away ticket pod outside Easter Road. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult – £23
  • Concession (over 65, 12-17 yrs old, full time student) – £14
  • Under 12s – £12
  • Wheelchair disabled – regular match prices with carer free of charge
  • Ambulant disabled – regular match price with carer free of charge

Fans are advised to arrive at the stadium in good time for the match as queues are expected at the ticket pods.

I’ve got my tickets, how do I get there?

There are still a very limited number of seats available on the Livi Lions Supporters Club bus to Easter Road. Please click here for pickup times and details of how to book your seat.

If you can’t make the bus, there are a multitude of public transport options to get you to Edinburgh. Please click on the following links to plan your journey:

First Scotland East buses – our official travel partners

Lothian Country buses

Abellio ScotRail trains

I can’t make the game, how can I keep up to date?

We will have our usual live text commentary over on our Twitter from around 2.15pm. The match will be shown ‘as live’ on BBC Alba from 6pm on Saturday night while highlights can be seen on Sportscene at 6pm on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you at Easter Road on Saturday!

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