Hibs were today anticipating a late rush to buy cut-price tickets for tomorrow night’s Europa League clash with Swedish outfit Malmo.
Although the Easter Road club trail by two goals following the first leg of the second qualifying round tie, more than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for the visit of Rikard Norling’s table-topping side.
Hibs believe that figure will rise significantly before today’s 5pm deadline to pre-purchase tickets at £15 (adults) and £5 (concessions) with the cost thereafter rising to £20 and £10 respectively.
Today boss Pat Fenlon – who saw his side backed by 532 fans in the Swedbank Stadion a week ago – appealed for as many fans as possible to turn up, adamant they have a role to play in helping his players overcome their two-goal deficit and so set up a potentially money-spinning third qualifying round clash with English League Cup holders Swansea City, the first leg of which will take place in the Liberty Stadium next week.
Fenlon said: “The crowd will have a big part to play in determining the result. In my opinion, when Easter Road is bouncing, there is no better place to play. A 15,000 crowd feels like 30,000.
“The energy and emotion of the supporters inspires the players and drives them on. You can never under-estimate how much home advantage counts.”
Belgian referee Sebastian Delferiere will take charge of the match, the 32-year-old having been FIFA listed since 2010.
Meanwhile, Hibs’ Under-20 side continued their defence of the Foyle Cup in Ireland by following up their 3-1 win over Institute in their opening match with a 6-0 hammering of Fanad United from Donegal. James McDonaugh’s side play Inishowen Youth League tonight.
Coincidentally, the club’s Under-17 team have matched their older colleagues every step of the way so far, defeating Derry City 3-1 and then Ballymoney United 6-0. Their third match today is against Cavan Monaghan Youth League.