Hibs travel to Hampden for the Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic

Celtic look to continue their march towards another domestic trophy as they face Hibernian in the Betfred Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Hibs come into the game off the back of six consecutive draws including most recently against Livingston. In contrast to a number of their recent matches, the Edinburgh side came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, with a late equaliser from the returning Martin Boyle.

The pressure has been mounting on Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom as they have not won a league match since the opening day of the season.eltic have won the last nine pieces of domestic silverware with Hibs being the last side to win one with their victory in the 2016 Scottish Cup.

The champions go into this game in rampant form, bouncing back from a defeat away to Livingston before the international break with 4 wins in 11 days, including an impressive win over Italian giants Lazio.

The most recent meeting between the two was just over a month ago at Easter Road, finishing in a 1-1 draw. Hibs took the lead inside the first ten minutes with an own goal from Kristoffer Ajer, deflecting Christian Doidge’s shot past the goalkeeper. Just 15 minutes later, Celtic equalised through Ryan Christie.

This means that Hibs are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Celtic at Easter Road. The same can’t be said for their fixtures played in Glasgow. They met at the same stage of this competition two seasons ago, with Celtic winning 4-2 on that occasion. The last time that Hibs beat the Parkhead side in Glasgow was in 2010 with Danny Galbraith scoring a late winner.

The Easter Road side have had a tricky route to the semi-finals. Their group stage campaign got off to an auspicious start, drawing 1-1 at Stirling Albion before winning the subsequent penalty shoot-out. They eventually topped their group after beating Alloa, Arbroath and Elgin without conceding. Hibs needed extra-time to toil to a 5-3 victory over Morton in the second round, then booked their Hampden Park place with a quarter-final win over Kilmarnock on penalties.

 

Celtic have negotiated two home ties on their way to Hampden. European qualification meant that their first match was a second round tie against Dunfermline, which they won 2-1 after extra time. Their quarter-final win was far more comfortable, beating Partick Thistle 5-0.

Celtic go into this match as heavy favourites as they look to set up their tenth consecutive domestic final, but Hibs will hope that form will go out of the window as they look for a place in the final on December 8.

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