Motherwell and Aberdeen to fight out a place in the Final
William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final
Motherwell v Aberdeen
Saturday, 14 April 2018, kick-off 12.15pm
Hampden Park Glasgow
Scottish Cup semi-final weekend kicks-off with Motherwell and Aberdeen battling for a place in the final.
The Well are making their fourth appearance at Hampden this year, having played Queen’s Park and starred in the latter stages of the Betfred Cup.
Aberdeen on the other hand are looking to make it two Scottish Cup finals in a row and lifting the trophy for the first time since 1990.Both sides are familiar with each other having faced off last Tuesday.
Aberdeen dominated the match and scored two in three second-half minutes.
This will be the 15th time the sides have met in the Scottish Cup with Aberdeen winning six, Motherwell triumphing on four occasions and the teams drawing four times.
Shay Logan, skipper Graeme Shinnie and midfielder Kenny McLean are all missing through suspension for Aberdeen.
Motherwell meanwhile are without Peter Hartley as the centre-back recovers from a foot injury, while Ellis Plummer has been ruled out for the season.
Carl McHugh is also out through suspension and Craig Tanner is a doubt.
Stephen Robinson has issued a rallying call to his players and urged them to make their season incredible.
He said: "It would be a massive achievement for us if we were able to overcome Aberdeen and reach another final.
“We’re well aware it’s going to be a tough game. Aberdeen will be thinking the same as us, but it gives us massive incentive.
“As I’ve said numerous times, my objective was to stay in the league and everything else is a massive bonus.
“We’ve been lucky enough that we’ve had one cup run that we were unfortunate in the final, now we have given ourselves another massive opportunity to reach a final.
“So what has been a relatively good season could turn out to be an incredible season. We have an opportunity to do that by reaching the final.”
Aberdeen’s assistant coach Tony Docherty highlighted the importance of the match in the context of their season and said: “The difference between winning and losing a semi-final is absolutely massive and cup runs are something that Derek (McInnes) and myself pride ourselves on.
“At the start of each season, there are always four fronts that we’re fighting on, there’s Europe and how far we can manage to go in that, there’s the league where we are always trying to do at least as well as the previous season and of course, the two cup competitions which are so important to us and I think we get that through to the players.”
Roads to the final
Motherwell began their journey to the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over derby rivals Hamilton Accies courtesy of two first half goals at Fir Park.
The Well were then on their travels, to Dundee where a Craig Tanner strike and Kevin Holt own goal secured their progression.
Their passage to the semi-final was secured in a blockbuster encounter at Fir Park against Hearts.
Curtis Lee Main gave Motherwell the lead before Kyle Lafferty equalised. Four minutes before the final whistle Carl McHugh unleashed a thunderbolt from outside the box.
Aberdeen began their 2018 Scottish Cup campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Championship table toppers St Mirren and followed it up with a home 4-2 victory over Dundee United.
In the Sixth Round, Kilmarnock were the visitors to Pittodrie. Graeme Shinnie gave the Dons the lead and Kris Boyd equalised setting up a tense encounter at Rugby Park.
In what was a nervy match, both sides notched once in extra time and in the shoot out, Aberdeen won 3-2 where Aberdeen goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was the hero.
Where to watch the game?
BBC Scotland and Sky Sports Football will be showing the game live.
BBC Scotland will have a highlights programme on Sunday evening.
Visit livesoccertv.com to find out what channels the game will be shown across the world.
Test your Motherwell and Aberdeen Scottish Cup knowledge
Can you name all of the managers (not including caretaker managers) to have taken charge of Motherwell since the club lifted the Scottish Cup in 1991? We've given you a hint with how many (league) matches they took charge of.
The last time Aberdeen won the Scottish Cup was in 1990 with Alex Smith leading them to glory.
Can you name all nine managers (not including caretaker managers) to have taken charge of Aberdeen since Alex Smith? We've given you a hint with how many (league) matches they took charge of.
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Assistants: Douglas Ross, David Roome
Additional Assistants: Andrew Dallas, Alan Muir
Fourth Official: Greg Aitken
Both Motherwell and Aberdeen have tickets available from £10 for concessions and £30 for adults.
Supporters attending the matches are to be aware of Police Scotland's Travel Advice.
Please note Aitkenhead Road is now open again.
Motherwell v Aberdeen
Buy your souvenir match programme at Hampden including interviews with Stephen Robinson, Tony Docherty, Curtis Main and Scott McKenna. Priced £3.