Wednesday 29 Mar

Hibernian vs Morton Match Preview

27 Mar 2017 Stuart S. SCOTLAND: Championship
SCOTLAND: Championship

Hibernian FC

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
29 March 2017

Greenock Morton FC

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 29 March 2017

Morton travel Hibernian as both sides look to strengthen their bids for a place in next season’s Scottish Premier League. Both teams are in good positions to achieve promotion and this is one of the biggest games of the Scottish Championship so far this season. At the business end of the season, it’s Hibernian who are in top spot while the visitors are 7 points behind them in 3rd with an extra game-in-hand. Falkirk, who separate the teams in 2nd have played an extra game to Hibs and Morton can overtake them in the table with a win over Hibernian.

STATS

  • Hibernian have been in good form this season and have won 3 of their last 5 games in the league. The biggest of the wins came against Falkirk who were fighting Hibernian for the top spot in the table. Their last loss at home in the league came back in September against Ayr United.
  • Morton haven’t had as much luck recently with only 2 wins in their last 5, also managing to beat Falkirk which closed the gap to 2nd place. Their last match ended with them losing 1-0 to Dunfermline at home. Their last away loss in the league was at the start of February.
  • Jason Cummings has been in blistering form for Hibernian this season and is the league’s top goal scorer with 16 goals as he has averaged a goal every 109 minutes. He will be hoping to get on the scoresheet against Morton.
  • Midfielder, Ross Forbes, has been Morton’s most prolific player in front of goal with 9 goals. He has also laid on plenty of chances for his team-mates and has 9 assists, meaning he has directly contributed to 18 goals for Morton which is only beaten by Cummings.

HEAD TO HEAD

Morton haven’t been very good against Hibernian in recent years and have only won 1 of their 6 last games against them. There has been 2 draws and 3 Hibs wins. The return fixture back in December ended 1-1.

HIBERNIAN NEWS

Hibs will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table and they have a great chance to do just that in front of their own fans. Without any injuries or suspensions, they should have too much quality for Morton and are fully expected to win the match. As they have all season, they’ll look to attack right from the start and score an early goal.

Latest matches: Hibernian FC

25.03.2017 Cham Hibernian FC Falkirk FC 2:1 W
18.03.2017 Cham Hibernian FC Dumbarton FC 2:2 D
10.03.2017 Cham Dundee United Hibernian FC 0:1 W
04.03.2017 Scot Hibernian FC Ayr United 3:1 W
01.03.2017 Cham FC St Mirren Hibernian FC 2:0 L

MORTON NEWS

Morton will have to put in a resolute defensive performance to have any chance of gaining some ground on the hosts at the top end of the table. With a fully available team, they’ll be looking to close the gap on the leaders on their own patch.

Latest matches: Greenock Morton FC

25.03.2017 Cham Greenock Morton FC Dunfermline Athletic 0:1 L
18.03.2017 Cham Falkirk FC Greenock Morton FC 0:1 W
11.03.2017 Cham Greenock Morton FC Queen of The South FC 1:0 W
25.02.2017 Cham Dundee United Greenock Morton FC 1:1 D
18.02.2017 Cham Greenock Morton FC Falkirk FC 2:2 D

SUMMING UP!

Hibernian have gone into every game this season as the strong favourites and this game is absolutely no different. They are fully expected to pick up all 3 points and extend their lead at the top to 13 points. However, Morton are certainly capable of winning the game and will look to catch the hosts on the counter as their main attacking threat. The performance of Ross Forbes will be vital to Morton’s hopes of a win. It should be a great top-of-the-table clash.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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