Hibernian will be looking to get back on track and put the Scottish League Cup final setback behind them when they play Aberdeen on Wednesday. The Dons, on the other hand, are on a three-match winning streak at the moment, but with only a point separating the two clubs, there is still a lot to play for in terms of the Scottish Premiership league standing.
Hibernian were defeated on Sunday when they played Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final, despite taking the lead early in the second half. The Hoops responded just one minute after conceding, and Kyogo Furuhashi went on to score a brace to lift the first trophy of the season.
The Hibees are undefeated in their previous two SPL matches, with a draw against St. Mirren being followed by a victory over Dundee, but that win is the only one they have had in their previous six matches across all competitions. Hibernian’s recent lack of wins has dropped them into the bottom half of the table, and with just a point between them and the Dons, this game offers a great opportunity to bounce back up.
Hibernian won by a small goal margin against Dundee. They had nine shots on goal but only managed three on target. Most of their shots from inside the box were off target, and Hibernian have to be more effective in front of the goal.
Martin Boyle was in brilliant form at the start of the season as he scored in four consecutive games and has racked up seven goals so far. He has attempted 15.70 attacking actions per 90 minutes and has completed 50.19% of these attacking actions. He has not been as involved in Hibernian’s recent games and will have to find that form again for his team to get more positive results.
Aberdeen have been impressive of late, with a trio of wins seeing them sit sixth, with their previous outing leading to a 1-0 victory against St Johnstone. The Dons have been able to keep two clean sheets throughout this run, with Joe Lewis putting together some strong performances in goal for the club.
Aberdeen attempted a total of 12 shots against St. Johnstone and managed to keep four shots on target. Most of their shots from inside the penalty area were on target and also hit the post with one of their efforts.
They have the third-highest shots on target in the league and have managed to keep 4.38 shots on target per 90 minutes. This number has majorly improved from their last three performances, where they have put up a brilliant attacking display and will look forward to doing the same against Hibernian.
Even though they will be aware of the fact that Hibernian sit just a point behind them, Aberdeen shall be looking up the table instead, with a victory having the potential to see them climb into fifth place. They were able to secure the win earlier this season when facing the Hibees, as Christian Ramirez scored to take a 1-0 result, which they will want to repeat this time around.
Hibernian will want to get back on track after losing in the cup final, but playing an in-form Aberdeen will not be easy. The Dons have been in good form recently, and their confidence should push them to win in midweek, especially given their recent defensive performances.
Hibernian predicted starting lineup:
Macey, Doig, Hanlon, Porteous, McGinn, Newell, Doyle-Hayes, Boyle, Campbell, Murphy, Nisbet.
Aberdeen predicted starting lineup:
Lewis, Ojo, McCrorie, Bates, Hayes, Brown, Ferguson, Hedges, Emmanuel-Thomas, Watkins, Ramirez.