By News Team
Last Updated: 28th February 2020
We’re down to the last eight teams in this year’s William Hill Scottish Cup and, with semi-final places up for grabs, it’s sure to be another riveting round.
With sides like Motherwell and Livingstone having fallen at the fifth round hurdle, the competition has opened up more as we head into the quarter-finals.
Hibernian vs Inverness
It was only a few years ago that Hibernian lifted this cup and if they are to emulate that 2016 success they must eliminate Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Caley Thistle are the only team outside of the top flight left in the competition but will be no pushover. They are currently second in the Championship and are targeting promotion.
John Robertson’s side have reached the semi-finals last year and this year have averaged two goals in each of their Scottish Cup games. Safe to say they will put everything behind causing an upset at Easter Road on Friday – and they are 13/2 to do just that.
Hearts vs Rangers
Hearts’ only win across their last five matches was in the game that got them here, a 1-0 victory over Falkirk. In fact, the last game they won before that was in January over none other than their opponents here.
Rangers have also had some undesirable results of late but bounced back when securing a last-16 place in the Europa League thanks to a 1-0 win over Braga in midweek.
Steven Gerrard’s men have fared well on the road this season, with Celtic the only side to have collected more points than them away from home.
Their defence has been questioned at times but all in all, the quality in their side should see them through against a Hearts side who haven’t kept many clean sheets this season. Rangers are 4/9 for the victory on Saturday.
St Mirren vs Aberdeen
St Mirren come into this one off the back of two wins over Motherwell across the space of a week. They saw them off in their fifth round replay before getting the better of them in the Premiership last time out.
Aberdeen also required a replay to get to this stage of the competition, beating Kilmarnock 4-3 at Rugby Park. They continue to battle it out for third place in the league, losing their last game when taking on Ross County.
The Dons have only scored an average of 1.3 goals in three games but kept two clean sheets along the way. St Mirren have worked their way to a four-point cushion between themselves and the Premiership relegation zone, affording them some extra focus on their cup campaign. A draw on Saturday could be a favourable option and can be backed at 9/4.
St Johnstone vs Celtic
The last quarter-final to take place this weekend sees tournament favourites Celtic take on St Johnstone, who are last in the betting for the Scottish Cup at 50/1.
Neil Lennon’s side are on a quest for yet another treble, with the Scottish League Cup already in their trophy cabinet and they’re still on course to claim their ninth league title in a row.
A comprehensive performance saw them sail through the fifth round after beating Clyde 3-0. St Johnstone, on the other hand, have strung together some decent results of late but historically a visit from Celtic rarely ends well for the Perth outfit.
Back Celtic to win on Sunday and both teams to score at 19/10.