First Team

Match Preview: Hibs (H)

9th April 2022

It's derby day in Gorgie; Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian cross swords for the 654th meeting between the two teams. dives into the details and looks ahead to the big game. 

Tale of the tape..

The stakes are set. This is the final match before the split and Hibs are running out of time to secure top six football. Results elswhere and one at Tynecastle will be crucial - on the other hand, Hearts have a chance of dumping the Leith outfit into the bottom six.

The Jambos have won three of their last five matches, drawing in the other two. On the other side of the city - Shaun Maloney's men have won none of their last five - losing once and drawing the rest.

Last time out...

A marvellous last gasp goal line clearance from Toby Sibbick secured a point for HMFC at Easter Road.


Team News:

Robbie Neilson has received a boost this week at Oriam with the potential return to action of a number of players. Whilst it may be too soon for Cammy Devlin, Michael Smith and John Souttar - Hearts can likely expect Nathaniel Atkinson and Gary Mackay-Steven to be back in contention after a bout of illness and injury.

Meanwhile; Paul Hanlon and Harry Clarke are back to full fitness for Hibs after being out for a number of months. Kyle Magennis misses out after being ruled out for the season following knee surgery. Christian Doidge, Darren McGregor, Paul McGinn and Matt Macey will be assessed beforehand.

Ryan Porteous is unavailable, currently serving a suspension. 

This is our story...

Let's remind ourselves of those all important derby numbers.

Hearts Wins: 286

Draws: 155

Hibs wins: 206

Goals for Hearts: 1100

Goals for Hibs: 925

Blast from the past...