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Saturday 2nd November 2019

Hibernian Celtic Betfred Cup

Hibernian v Celtic preview

The first Betfred Cup semi-final takes place today when Hibernian play Celtic at Hampden, live on BT Sport at 5.30pm...

Road to Hampden: Hibernian topped a section that also included Arbroath, Alloa Athletic, Elgin City and Stirling Albion. They beat Morton 5-3 after extra time at Easter Road in the last 16 and defeated Kilmarnock on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Rugby Park in the quarter-finals. Celtic beat Dunfermline Athletic 2-1 after extra time then thrashed Partick Thistle 5-0.

League Cup pedigree: Celtic have won the Betfred Cup in each of the last three seasons (18 times overall) and are unbeaten in 29 domestic cup ties. Hibs have claimed this trophy three times, most recently in 2006/07 when they beat Kilmarnock 5-1 in the final.

Past meetings: It was 1-1 when the teams met in the Premiership at Easter Road in September. This is the third League Cup semi-final between the sides. Celtic won 4-0 after a replay in 1965/66 and triumphed 4-2 at this stage two years ago. Hibs’ last League Cup win over Celtic was 2-1 in the 2003/04 quarter-final at Easter Road.

Recent form: Neil Lennon’s Celtic are top of the Ladbrokes Premiership and beat St Mirren 2-0 in their latest outing on Wednesday. Paul Heckingbottom’s Hibs have drawn their last five matches and are ninth in the table, just a point off the bottom. 

Referee: Bobby Madden, AR1: Graeme Stewart, AR2: Douglas Ross
Fourth Official: Steven McLean

Programme: A4 size, 84-page edition on sale, priced £5

Tickets: No matchday sale of tickets at Hampden Park. A new access control system is in place at the turnstiles - full details HERE

Turnstiles: Open 90 minutes before the 5.30pm kick-off, i.e 4.00pm. Fans are advised to arrive at the stadium in plenty of time as enhanced searches will be in operation.

Travel: Roadworks on Polmadie Road may cause delays. Diversions are in place. Full Police Scotland travel advice for fans attending the game can be found HERE

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