Competition: Challenge Cup
Fixture: Hibernian v Rangers
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Venue: Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh
Kick off time: 12:30 hrs BST
Hibernian will face Rangers in the Scottish Challenge Cup this weekend as the sides get ready for a riveting season of football ahead.
Hibernian’s form: L-W-W-W-D
Hibernian played Rangers twice in the space of four days back in May and the side lost once and won one of those games. Following some time off in the off season, the squad assembled back for pre-season in July and have played three games since.
The hosts have won two of these three games against Berwick Rangers (0-3 away on July 14) and Dunfermline Athletic (1-2 away on July 18). They were also involved in a goalless draw at Ayr United coming into this game.
Ranger’s form: W-L-L-L-L
The last time that the side won a game was back on May 20 when they beat Hibernian. Since then, Ranger have been defeated by Hibernian on the road once while Motherwell compounder their misery by defeating them 6-1 over two legs in the playoff games.
Rangers will again feature in the second tier of Scottish football this season after an unsuccessful attempt to get back in the top flight last season. They began their pre-season preparations with a 0-1 loss at home against English Championship side Burnley.
Key Players and Team News
Hibernian: 19-year-old striker Jason Cummings will be their biggest hopes going into the new season. The youngster has been billed as one of the best up and coming players in Scotland and it will be interesting to see what he brings to the table in this new season.
Rangers: The new manager started off with a fluent 4-3-3 in the last game and he is expected to continue with that formation. David Templeton and Barry McKay will provide the width and should be the most exciting players on the pitch for Rangers on Saturday.
Hibernian have won three of the last five head to heads between the two sides and the only time that they lost at home to Rangers during this period was in March 2015.
I do not think that Rangers are up to steam yet and they will need some time playing under their new manager. The players need to be more comfortable with each other before I would advocate putting money on this side and hence, I will go with a narrow home win on this occasion at odds of 2.6 with Ladbrokes.