The BBC live match between these two evenly matched teams will be a contest that both will be looking to win as they eye a cup final appearance.
Jimmy Calderwood:’It’s a massive game and we’ve all got our dreams – managers and players – but I don’t think the draw has been too kind to us,’ he told BBC Scotland.
But I would expect John Collins to say the same and it’s probably two of the favourites at the moment to win the cup.’
‘I’m sure, like myself, John Collins is not completely happy with the draw but from our perspective, we do have home advantage and for both of us, it’s a chance to eliminate one of the favourites. The league is of course our main priority but there’s no doubt the cup is the shortest way to playing European football so we are all acutely aware of exactly how much this match means.
‘Both ourselves and Hibs have the ability to go on and win the Scottish Cup so a big team is going to go out. It is going to be a difficult game but we have a good record against Hibs so we go into the game full of confidence. I think we gave them too much possession last Tuesday but defensively we did well, however I don’t expect us to do so much defending this Wednesday as we are at home and must take the game to them.
Russell Anderson: ‘ We’ve said for the last few seasons that it’s time we had a good cup run and for both sides, there are a lot of incentives. Winning will put one of the favourites out of the competition and then there’s a home draw in the next round, which is all you can ever ask for in the cup. You have to play some good sides if you want to win the cup, so hopefully we can make the most of home advantage on Wednesday night.’
John Collins:’I certainly hope there are more goals involved in the tie,’ he said.
I don’t expect too many surprises because the teams play each other so often.’
Pittodrie is a tough place to go but we want to be in the final and win this competition.’
Aberdeen Team News:
Barry Nicholson should return and Russell Anderson, Gary Dempsey and Chris Clark have all returned to full training and will play. Andrew Considine will have to miss out as he is still struggling with flu and Zander Diamond is suspended for the match. Jamie Smith and Richie Byrne are longterm casulaties and have no news of when they are likely to return.
Player to watch: Russell Anderson
The battle between club captain Russell Anderson and Chris Killen could be the difference in this match. Anderson done well against the SPL second top scorer and will have to do so again if his team is to progress.
Hibs Team News:
Hibs will be without the contract rebels Kevin Thomson who is suspended and Scott Brown is a doubt with a hamstring injury.
erouane Zemmama will again miss out also because of a hamstring problem.
Player to watch: Ivan Sproule
The Irishman had Ricky Foster beaten so many times in the recent encounter at Easter Road and Ricky actually tumbled over trying to defend against him. It was just down to poor finishing that he didn’t net for his team that day and the Dons can’t expect to be so lucky again.
Match Facts & Stats
Aberdeen have never lost against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup at Pittodrie in 90 minutes or extra time. The only defeat came in 1997 when Jim Leighton inspired Hibernian to a penalty shoot out win at the stadium after a 2-2 draw in front of the Sky cameras at Easter Road.
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