11.11.2006 @ 15:00 - Easter Road, Edinburgh
Saturday 11th November:
Aberdeen v Motherwell
Dundee Utd v Kilmarnock
Hibernian v Inverness CT
Rangers v Dunfermline
Sunday 12th November:
St Mirren v Celtic (Setanta, 2pm)
Monday 13th November:
Falkirk v Hearts (Setanta, 7:45pm)
Hibernian v Inverness CT
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Saturday 11th November at 3pm
Referee: John Underhill
Others: Gordon Middleton, Tommy Johnston (Assistants), Martin Sproule (4th offcial) (hopefully no relation to Ivan Sproule!!!)
During last weekend, 3 games were decided by late goals and a double hat-trick for a Falkirk player. Celtic increased their lead at the top of the table thanks to a last gasp victory over Hearts. Hearts had took a deserved lead after 72 mins with Velicka scoring. However Jarosik equalised on the 86th minute and an own goal by Craig Gordon gifted Celtic the 3pts and another big step closer to the title. There is nothing stopping Anthony Stokes, as he bagged his second hat-trick in as many games to help Falkirk defeat Dunfermline 3-0. The Republic of Ireland player has been called up to his countries B squad next week against Scotland. John Collins 1st game as manager of Hibernian finished 2-2 against Kilmarnock at home. Both teams were leading at some point but a draw was about right. Motherwell and St Mirren produced a stalemate at Fir Park with John Sutton missing a penalty for the Saints. Craig LeveinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first game as Dundee Utd manager on Sunday couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have gone better. Rangers took the lead through Charlie Adam on 50 mins, but Rangers starting sitting back and Utd eventually got the equaliser through Gary Kenneth and secured 3pts with a late winner by Lee Mair. If Rangers fans thought this was bad, little did they know, they would lose at home to St Johnstone on Wednesday. On Monday night, it was a northern derby with Inverness looking to beat Aberdeen for the first ever time. After a dull first half, the game livened up in the second and Caley Thistle deservedly took the lead through a header by Graham Bayne. All was looking good for 3pts until Steve Lovell scored a last minute goal with his knee as Inverness didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t deal with the cross. Not bad attendance either!!
So after 13 games, Celtic are looking odds on to win the title after bookies have started to pay out. The relegation battle looks exciting as long as Inverness CT donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fall into it which I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think will happen.
The teams have played a total of 7 times (7 League, 0 Cup) with 16 goals (11 Inverness CT, 5 Hibernian) between them.
Inverness CT: 4 wins (4 League, 0 Cup)
Draws: 1 (1 League, 0 Cup)
Hibernian: 2 wins (2 League, 0 Cup)
A GAME TO REMEMBER
For this weeks game to remember we take you back to the biggest win in this fixture. It took place at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in the SPL on the 02/03/2005. This was InvernessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ only second game in Inverness in the SPL after ground sharing with Aberdeen for the first half of the season. Inverness out played Hibs for the whole game and deserved their 3-0 victory. Goals came from Juanjo, Brewster and Wilson. The attendance was 4443.
The teams were as follows:
INVERNESS CT: Brown, Tokely, Munro, Dods, Golabek, Wilson, Hart, Duncan, McBain, Brewster, Juanjo.
Subs- Proctor (for Hart), Bayne (for Brewster), Fatai (for Juanjo), Fraser, McCaffrey, Hastings, Prunty.
HIBERNIAN: Simon Brown, Whittaker, Caldwell, Smith, Murphy, Orman, Antonio Murray, Ian Murray, Scott Brown, OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Connor, Riordan.
Subs- Shiels (for Orman), McDonald (for A.Murray), Sproule (for I.Murray), Brown, McCluskey, Morrow, Konte.
The referee was John Underhill and there were three bookings on the day all for Hibernian: Antonio Murray, Murphy and Ian Murray. Nine of the Inverness players who started the match still play for the club. Only Craig Brewster and Juanjo have left.
FACTS BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ All League meetings between the teams have taken place in the SPL. There have been no cup ties between the teams.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Inverness have won four out of the last five meetings. In the four wins, Hibernian had only scored once.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Barry Wilson is the top scorer in this fixture with 4 goals.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Hibernian have had the same manager in all 6 fixtures, until today when John Collins take charge against Inverness CT for the first time. Inverness CT have had 3 different managers during the 6 matches.
4 goals: Barry Wilson (ICT)
3 goals: Derek Riordan (Hibs)
2 goals: Juanjo (ICT)
1 goal: Brewster (ICT), Proctor (ICT), Wyness (ICT), Dargo (ICT), Dods (ICT),
Beuzilin (Hibs), Fletcher (Hibs).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Graham Bayne (ICT): The Caley Thistle forward has just signed a new 2 and a half year deal and after scoring against Aberdeen on Monday will be looking to continue adding to his tally. The ex-Ross County man is always seen heading the ball and has a good shot. He has never scored against Hibernian and will be looking to break his duck against them on Saturday.
Chris Killen (Hibernian): The striker is a great player with a lot of potential. He currently has scored 7 SPL goals and is a Graham Bayne like player. He has taken over the scoring boots after Riordan and OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Connor left and John Collins will be working hard on lowering his crime count with already 6 yellows and 2 reds this season. Also has never scored in this fixture.
20th Jan 2007 at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium