Hibernian match preview

Match Preview
Hibernian vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 4th February 2017

Ayr United will hope lightning can strike twice on Saturday when they travel to Edinburgh to face league leaders Hibernian. The Honest Men are the only side to have left Easter Road with 3 points this season, after they shocked the Scottish Cup holders in September.

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon scooped the Manager of the Month award this week after seeing his side to a fourth consecutive league win and a thumping 8-1 victory over Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose in the Scottish Cup. The Hibees have won their last two league matches 1-0, away from home against Queen of the South and Dumbarton to open up an eight point lead over Dundee United.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available.

Ian McCall says: “We thoroughly enjoyed our last visit to Easter Road, its the reason we worked so hard to get promoted to play in stadiums like this. It’s a great place to play football, there will be a big crowd and a great atmosphere so we want to enjoy it and put in a really good performance. It will be incredibly difficult, they have a squad that would probably be top 6 in the Premiership so it shows the task we have in front of us however we have done it before so there is nothing to say we cant get a result. They might be outnumbered but our fans will make plenty of noise so hopefully we will give them another reason to celebrate.”

Head-to-Head (at Easter Road):
Ayr United wins – 10
Draws – 6
Hibs wins – 32

Saturday will be the 100th competitive fixture between Ayr United and Hibernian. This total includes a Victory Cup match in 1919 and a two-legged Anglo-English Cup tie in 1977.

Last meeting: Goals from John McGinn and a Martin Boyle double saw Hibs leave Somerset Park with a 3-0 win in the last match between the sides at the start of November.

On this day: in history Ayr United have played 14 times and have a record of W4, D4, L6. United’s last victory on February 4th was against Dunfermline Athletic in 1961 at Somerset Park that ended 4-1 to the home side.

Match Officials:
Referee – Crawford Allan
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Phillips

Admission:
Adults £22
Concessions £12
Ayr supporters will be able to purchase tickets from the South Stand ticket pod on match day from 1pm.