Hibs v Dundee: How to watch, predicted XI, referee, Betfred Cup match odds

Hibs will put their Scottish Premiership campaign on the backburner on Saturday when they host Dundee in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup.

By Matthew Elder
Thursday, 26th November 2020, 2:31 pm
Hibernian's Jamie Murphy competes with Christie Elliott during the Betfred Cup group match between against Dundee at Easter Road, on November 15, 2020 (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Hibernian's Jamie Murphy competes with Christie Elliott during the Betfred Cup group match between against Dundee at Easter Road, on November 15, 2020 (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

The teams meet at Easter Road in the same competition for the second time in the space of a fortnight after being drawn against each other just one hour after the 4-1 victory for Hibs over Dundee in the final Betfred Cup group match on November 15.

On that evening, three goals in six minutes ensured Jack Ross’ side finished top of Group B and advanced to the knock-out stages of the competition as a seeded team.

Hibs had taken an early lead through Stevie Mallan’s long-range goal after 10 minutes, but Christie Elliott levelled the score 20 minutes from time.

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The hosts hit back immediately with Jordan McGhee bundling the ball into his own net under pressure from Kevin Nisbet, before close-range efforts from substitutes Jamie Gullan and Melker Hallberg put the gloss on the victory for the Leith side.

With the group stages completed the tournament now reverts to a traditional knock-out format, with ties decided by extra time and penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes. The quarter-finals are due to be played on the midweek of December 15-17.

Team news: Paul Hanlon is expected to miss out after he picked up a groin injury that forced him off the pitch in the first half of Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with St Johnstone. However, Lewis Stevenson was in line for a return to training ahead of the weekend so could make the squad. Kyle Magennis is still doubtful while Scott Allan remains absent. Ofir Marciano may be rested after a hectic spell for club and country. Jack Ross freshened up his team for the Betfred Cup group stages, which mostly took place in midweek, but it remains to be seen whether he will continue to rotate with a place in the quarter-finals of a national competition at stake.

Possible line-up (4-4-2): Barnes; McGinn, McGregor, Porteous, Doig; Boyle, Newell, Gogic, Murphy; Nisbet, Doidge.

Match details: Saturday, November 28. Kick-off 3.00pm, Easter Road, Edinburgh.

How to watch: The match is not included in the season ticket package via Hibs Pass so all supporters – Hibs and Dundee alike – will need to purchase the club’s PPV option to catch the game. Priced at £12.99, you can sign up right up until the last minute. You can register HERE.

Key stat: Despite the occasional difference in divisions, there have been no fewer than eight meetings between the Hibees and the Dark Blues since late 1999 that have produced at least four goals, including the most recent meeting.

Referee: The man in charge this weekend needs no introduction as Scotland’s top whistler Willie Collum referees a Hibs match for the 49th time. Of the matches he has been in the middle, Hibs have won 17. He will be assisted by Graeme Stewart and Drew Kirkland, as well as fourth official Greg Aitken.

Odds: Hibs 3/10, Draw 9/2, Dundee 13/2

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