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Aberdeen's class can tell in semi-final clash with Hibernian

Dons to show why they are a divison above holders Hibs

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and his team could be celebrating
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William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final
BBC Scotland & Sky Sports, 12.15pm Saturday

Aberdeen can end Hibernian’s reign as William Hill Scottish Cup holders at Hampden Park.

Hibs famously ended their 114-year Cup drought last year, but Aberdeen have a sizeable thirst of their own – they haven’t lifted the oldest trophy in the world since 1990.

Neil Lennon’s Hibs are on a roll after clinching the Ladbrokes Championship title last week and, as underdogs, they can play without great pressure.

Hibs can also take hope from two factors. They tend to raise their game against bigger teams, as Hearts can testify this season, and the Dons have a truly woeful record in Glasgow and at Hampden.

But in the cold light of day, Aberdeen are far stronger than the capital side.

Hibs have been held to a draw 13 times this season in a division that includes Dumbarton, Ayr United and Raith Rovers. Aberdeen have won more games, scored more goals and collected more points against teams such as Celtic, Rangers and Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Realistically, player for player, only John McGinn and Jason Cummings would have a chance of getting into Derek McInnes’ team.

The Dons have also won 16 out of their last 19 games and Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn should relish the wide-open spaces of Hampden.

Hibs have a puncher’s chance, of course, but if both teams play to their potential, the Pittodrie side, whose price has dropped to odds-on, should be heading back to Hampden next month.

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2pts Evs Hills

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Team news
Hibernian
Defenders Paul Hanlon and Liam Fontaine miss out but manager Neil Lennon will be in the dugout after his disciplinary hearing was postponed.

Aberdeen
Aberdeen are at full strength with Niall McGinn fit to return and defender Mark Reynolds pushing for a start. 

Key stat
Both teams have scored in only one of Aberdeen’s last nine matches.

The Dons have also won 16 out of their last 19 games and Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn should relish the wide-open spaces of Hampden
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