Hibs v Aberdeen – Scottish Cup semi-final preview
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Scottish Cup holders Hibernian remain without injured defenders Paul Hanlon and Liam Fontaine for Saturday’s semi-final with Aberdeen at Hampden.
But winger Chris Humphrey is back in contention after a two-month lay-off with a calf problem.
Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn is fit after sitting out last Saturday’s win at St Johnstone.
The Pittodrie side have no selection worries, with defender Mark Reynolds pressing for a return.
Up for the cup
Hibs, who reached both national cup finals last season – ending their 114-year wait for a third Scottish Cup success, go to Hampden in high spirits after clinching the Championship title last weekend.
Aberdeen are on course to finish as top flight runners-up for the third season in a row but haven’t won this tournament since 1990.
The Dons reached the League Cup final in November only to be swept aside by Celtic.
This is the seventh Scottish Cup semi-final meeting between the sides, with both teams winning three each, while there has only been one final – back in 1947, with Aberdeen winning 2-1.
Hibs boss Neil Lennon knows all about success in the competition having won the Scottish Cup six times with Celtic, as player (4) and manager (2).
Derek McInnes lifted the trophy once as a player with Rangers in 1999 and wants to add to his 2014 League Cup success as manager of the Dons.
This will be McInnes’s fifth semi-final in four years at Pittodrie, with the 45-year-old having a 50% record.
Hibs are making their ninth trip to the national stadium since 2012, with four wins and four defeats in those previous visits.
Hibs may have secured their return to the Premiership after a three-year absence but they have struggled to break down opponents in recent months, winning five of their past 14 games, with that run including just one loss.
Since their relegation, the Edinburgh side have played 11 cup matches against top flight opposition, losing only once – to Ross County in last season’s League Cup Final.
Aberdeen have been victorious in 16 of their past 19 games, returning to winning ways in Perth last Saturday after a 10-game home winning streak was broken by Rangers.