Hibernian 

Raith Rovers 

Saturday 4th October 2014

Easter Road, Edinburgh 

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 Admission Prices:

Adult – £22

Concession – £12 (Over 65/Under 18/0-17 years olds/Full-time students with a valid matriculation card)

Wheelchair and disabled adult – £22

Wheelchair and disabled concession – £12

Match Preview

Raith Rovers return to Easter Road this Saturday, looking for their third big victory at the venue in eight months. The stadium may have been an unhappy hunting ground for the Kirkcaldy club over the years, but 2014 has seen Raith defeat Hibs 3-2 in a Scottish Cup tie in February, while the Ramsdens Cup was also won at the ground in April after an extra-time win over Rangers.

Far more time has elapsed since Rovers last ventured to Easter Road on league business however, indeed, you have to go back to the last Millenium for such an occasion. Hibernian welcomed the Stark’s Park club as their first footers on the 2nd of January 1999, but were less than hospitable hosts, as they took an early lead, on their way to a 5-1 victory. It was Hibs third win against Rovers that season, and they’d go on to make it four-out-of-four, with an aggregate score of 14-4, as they eventually won the First Division at a canter, finishing 23 points clear of second place Falkirk.

Despite the current season still being in its infancy, eyebrows had been raised at Hibs profligate start to the campaign, but their last two results, may indicate that a corner had been turned.

With Alan Stubbs changing his formation to an attack minded 3-5-2, his side went to Dingwall in the League Cup and defeated Premiership side Ross County 2-0. That result and performance was bettered last Monday, as Hibs ran out convincing 3-1 winners against Rangers at Ibrox.That victory lifted the club to fifth in the table, four points behind third placed Raith.

Raith head into this match on the back of a 0-0 draw with Falkirk, a result that was Rovers first drawn league match since a 0-0 draw with Dundee in March. Hibernian also have a tendency to play in decisive matches, with just 1 draw in their last 16 league fixtures, so Saturday’s match should be expected to produce a winner, one way or another.

The last 10 league meetings between the two teams have seen Hibernian come out on top in the majority of them, with 6 wins to Rovers 1. Raith’s last league win over their Edinburgh opponents was a 1-0 victory in February 1996.

Saturday afternoon’s match referee will be John Beaton.

Head-to-Head League Record at Easter Road:

Hibernian wins: 32 | Raith Rovers wins: 8 | Draws: 6

Hibernian goals: 102 | Raith Rovers goals: 46

Hibernian Form Last Six Games: W-L-W-L-W-W

Raith Rovers Form Last Six Games: L-L-W-L-W-D

Biggest home win: 08/02/1896 Scottish Cup Second Round Hibernian 6 Raith Rovers 1

Biggest away win: 26/01/1957 Division One Hibernian 1 Raith Rovers 4

Top Goalscorers:

Hibernian: Jason Cummings 4 | Farid El Alagui 4 | Jason Malonga 3

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 4 | Calum Elliot 2

Match Odds:

Hibernian: 5/6 | Raith Rovers: 7/2 | Draw: 13/5

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