William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final 2019/20
Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian
Saturday, 31 October 2020, kick-off 5pm
Live on BBC Scotland and Premier Sports
On Saturday one of the greatest rivalries in Scottish football will take centre stage at the national stadium in a clash which has been seven months in the making since the draw was made.
Originally scheduled for April, the landscape of the world has changed dramatically but the anticipation for the latest Edinburgh derby is as frenzied as ever.
Both sides have started their respective league campaigns well with Hibernian lying in third place in the Premiership, while Hearts have begun their Championship campaign promisingly recording two wins out of two.
Hearts reached the Scottish Cup Final in 2019 and will be aiming to reach the showpiece match once again. The only other time they’ve featured in back-to-back finals was in 1905/06 and 1906/07.
Hibernian on the other hand are no strangers to this stage and will play in their sixth Scottish Cup semi-final in the last nine seasons.
Previous Scottish Cup Meetings
The last time the two sides met in the competition was in 2018 when a Christophe Berra header sealed a 1-0 win at Tynecastle.
It has been eight years since the two sides met at Hampden Park and it was a day to forget for Hibernian when Hearts ran out 5-1 victors in a famous Final.
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From today through to Thursday we'll be focusing on each Semi-Finalist. We're kicking things off today with @JamTarts.
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The last time there was an Edinburgh derby in a Scottish Cup semi-final was in 2006 when a Paul Hartley hat-trick and Edgaras Jankauskas strike secured a 4-0 win. Hearts would go on to lift the Scottish Cup that year.
For Hibernian they experienced Scottish Cup joy against Hearts en route to their historic triumph in 2016.
It was quite an end to the Fifth Round Edinburgh Derby back in 2016, with @HibernianFC edging the replay at Easter Road.— William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) October 27, 2020
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Hearts’ new signing Andy Halliday said: “I certainly believe we have a Premiership quality squad but that comes with the expectations and demands not only the club is putting on us, but we’re putting them on ourselves as players.
“Our main goal this season is obviously to get Hearts back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
“That’s the reason we’ve got what we believe is a Premiership squad - to try and get us back there.
“What comes with having these players is expectation that in the competitions we’re going to be a part of this year, we want to do well in.
“I’m one of the lucky ones because Hearts put me out of the cup last season with Rangers, so it’s a bonus that I’m getting a bye straight into the semi finals!
“It’s a big occasion and I’m looking forward to it.”
“People might look at us as the underdogs but we’ve got a lot of ability and a lot of belief that we can go there and win.
“We’ve won all the games we’ve been part of this season so this is a good game to try and continue that streak.”
Hibernian manager Jack Ross said: “We have an excited group about the game this weekend. I’m excited, the staff are excited and the players are excited because we know that it is an opportunity to get to the final.
“We know what’s at stake in terms of the game itself but I have a group that are in the best possible frame of mind and that is brilliant for me as a manager.
“We know what this match means to the fans and everyone around the club so it’s a massive game for us. It’s something that we have known about for a long time so it’s something that we have been looking forward to over lockdown. It’s a great opportunity for us to have a right good go to try and get the win.”
Hibernian have never beaten Hearts at a neutral venue - a run stretching back to 1896.
Saturday will be the 326th competitive Edinburgh Derby since the two sides first locked horns on the Meadows on Christmas Day 1875.
Supporters can now get their hands on a keepsake of this unprecedented time in the competition’s history by purchasing the official match-day programmes.
The 36-page, A5 collector’s editions for the Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian and Aberdeen v Celtic fixtures are now on sale for £3.00, plus 99p post and packaging, from the Scottish Football Association’s official print partners Ignition Sports Media.
Digital programmes will also be made available via the Scottish Cup social media channels.
Referee: William Collum, AR1 David McGeachie, AR2 Frank Connor, Fourth Official Alan Muir, AAR1 Bobby Madden, AAR2 Steven McLean.
Goal line technology to be used
The Scottish FA will use goal line technology for the first time in the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Finals and Final this year, in conjunction with Hawk-Eye.
Goal line technology was first tested in 2011 by FIFA and approved by the IFAB in 2012, since being successfully used in international tournaments and domestic competitions across the world.