Location: Easter Road
Date: 10th May 2016
Live on BT Sport 2
Hibernian are five games away from a remarkably successful season.
Or Hibs are three games away from another failure. Whichever statement comes to pass could depend on whether The Hibees look beyond the Scottish Premiership playoff semi final to the Scottish Cup Final the weekend after next.
Thinking about anything other than the task at hand could prove fatal to Hibs’ chances of playoff success. Fail to treat Falkirk with anything other then the respect they deserve and it will be another season in the Championship, guaranteed.
Everyone will tell you that The Bairns finished second on merit even though Hibs should have had the position bagged and tagged weeks ago. Falkirk have had a remarkable season and it is worth noting that they have lost just three of their last eighteen matches.
Equally notable is the fact that they have won just seven of those matches. Away from home they have won just one game in nine, or two in twelve, or seven in twenty-one this season. Whatever way you look at it if Hibs hadn’t combusted in the face of a League Cup final and subsequent defeat they would have been out of sight of Falkirk.
It looks like they will need to find some daylight on Tuesday because as questionable as Falkirk’s away record is their home form is solid. Only three teams have won there all season and Peterhead can be discounted in what was a thrown away Challenge Cup tie.
The others were Livingston and, of course, Hibernian who were in the midst of a run that had people talking about them challenging Rangers. But Hibs’ home form is actually better than Falkirk’s having dropped just nine points at home compared to The Bairns’ twelve.
For all the maligning we give Hibs it’s perhaps time we gave them some well deserved credit. They have now reached both major cup finals and are a mere four games from returning to the Premiership.
Against Raith they showed spirit, determination and skill. Where they may fall down now is in reserves of energy. They looked out on their feet in the second half of the quarter final second leg. With Falkirk being well rested that could count heavily for them.
The head to head stats from this season show that Hibs won the first game in October but there have been three score draws since then. That’s an outcome that certainly shouldn’t be discounted.
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It’s hard to look past the 3/1 for a draw and that could well be the way to go for this one.
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Draw @ 3/1 with William Hill