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20 JULY 2019 Scottish League Cup : Hibernian vs Alloa

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

Scottish League Cup : Hibernian vs Alloa

Date : 20 JULY 2019

Time : 22 : 00 PM

Match : Hibernian vs Alloa


Hibs don’t have European football to worry about this term, but they’ve started the season as the highest-rated side in the Scottish League Cup. While the four sides who finished above them last season are worrying about qualifiers this week, Hibs are focusing on a meeting with Championship outfit Alloa Atheltic. It’s not the great challenge for the Easter Road side, but can the hosts boost their campaign by picking up their first three points of the season this weekend?

Hibs drew 1-1 with Stirling Albion on Saturday, before edging them out on penalties. That was a big setback for the Premiership side, who would have expected to cruise by a side from League Two. It’s certainly a worry for the hosts as they chase a place in the next round, but can they turn things around with a strong display against Alloa this weekend?

Alloa just about stayed up in the Championship last term, but they’re still a tough test for Hibs, based on the hosts’ current form. Despite that, the away side are considered major outsiders as they prepare to face one of the top sides in the Premiership. This is likely to be a step too far for an Alloa side who made a disappointing start of their own. The visitors drew 3-3 with Elgin last time out, going on to lose on penalties. That’s a blow to their chances of progressing, but can they turn things around here?

While Alloa aren’t being backed to win the game, we can see them causing problems. Hibs clearly aren’t up to speed, as seen in their 1-1 draw with a fourth-tier side. They aren’t the greatest at the back, while they are going up against an Alloa side who scored just three goals. The visitors have racked up 11 goals across their last nine away trips in this competition, while their scoring record on the road last time out was quite impressive.

Alloa saw both teams score in 72% of their away trips, finding the net in 78% of their games. They finished the season by scoring in their final nine games of the campaign, while they meet a Hibs side who are suffering a defensive hangover from last season. The hosts have seen both teams score in five straight games, failing to keep a clean sheet in eight. They’ve seen both teams score in four of their last five League Cup ties, and BTTS seems likely again here.

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