By News Team
30th October 2020
It’s time for the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final showdown this weekend with two huge games coming up and places in the final up for grabs.
There could be fireworks on Saturday evening as Hearts and Hibs prepare for an Edinburgh derby in their semi-final, while Celtic meet Aberdeen in the other match on Sunday.
Hearts v Hibs
Hearts have had had the better of their Edinburgh rivals over the years, but after dropping down to the Scottish Championship they find themselves underdogs heading into the first Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday evening.
Their Edinburgh rivals Hibs are flying this season so far, in third place in the Scottish Premiership, just two points behind Celtic in second, and have been exciting to watch with only the Hoops and Rangers scoring more than them in the division so far this season.
Jack Ross’ side are far better prepared for this derby having played 15 times domestically this season compared to Hearts’ six games, but history is on the Jambos’ side for this one.
The last time the sides met in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup in 2006, the Jam Tarts ran riot in a 4-0 win, with Paul Hartley grabbing a hat-trick as they booked their place in the final, which they went on to win against Gretna. The two sides also met in the final in 2012, which saw Hearts run out 5-1 victors, something they have not let their city rivals forget in a hurry.
But Hibs will take confidence in the fact that they have a more settled side and are performing well of late in the Scottish top flight, which makes them 6/4 favourites this weekend. Hearts are 9/5 to claim another semi-final result, while the draw is 9/4.
Celtic v Aberdeen
You only have to look as far back as last weekend for the last time these two sides meet, when Aberdeen notched a late penalty to claim a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic have been far from themselves this season as they continue to try and find form, as well as nurse first team players back from injury, so this could be viewed as a good time for the Dons to play them again.
Derek McInnes’ side are unbeaten in their last five and have scored seven goals in their last two outings, and with players like Lewis Ferguson and Ryan Hedges in form, they have the quality to hurt Celtic.
But a wounded Celtic is always a dangerous thing, and they might look to take their anger out on Aberdeen on Sunday. They are going for an unprecedented quadruple treble and will be desperate to reach their fourth Scottish Cup final in as many years.
Expect this to be a tight one, but with Celtic’s quality and experience it’s little surprise they are as short as 1/2, with Aberdeen 13/2 and the draw available at 29/10. But don’t be surprised if this goes all the way to penalties, with both teams available at 14/1 to win on spot-kicks.