Hibernian vs Motherwell
Scottish Premiership 2018/19 Match day 1
Date: Sunday, 5 August 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh.
Hibs survived the huge Asteras Tripolis challenge in the second qualifying round of Europa League and they will come into the opening fixture of the new Premiership campaign in high spirits. The opposition are Motherwell who could not find the way to a top-six finish in an underwhelming campaign they’ve had in the previous season of the top flight in Scotland.
Hibernian pulled off a massive comeback in the first of two games against Asteras Tripolis who had a two-goal cushion early in the first half at Easter Road Stadium. Nevertheless, the Hibs never gave up and recovered, winning 3-2 at the end thanks to the stoppage-time winner from Florian Kamberi. The Swiss striker was phenomenal in two opening round of Europa League netting four goals in four outings and he will no doubt be the main threat to the Steelmen’s goal here.
Hibernian vs Motherwell: Head-to-head
Hibernian lead the head to head tie by 11 wins coming into 74th meeting with the Well.
Hibs won three and drew two of last five head to head matches with Motherwell.
Both teams scored in four of these five games.
Hibernian vs Motherwell: Prediction
Neil Lennon did not give up the three-men defense even enough it gave him huge troubles in first three Europa League games. Hibernian shipped seven goals in three qualifiers before the trip to Tripolis on Thursday, but they finally held on, shipping just one goal in a 1-1 draw, enough to send them through to the third qualifying round (where they will meet Norwegian Molde).
The attacking line has, however, done a magnificent job bagging an impressive 16-goal tally in four games so far. Motherwell’s defensive line will be under a huge pressure on the day no doubts, even though the Steelmen were quite tough to break down in the recently-finished League Cup group phase. The Well topped the Group G ahead of Queen of the South, Edinburgh City, Clyde and Stanraer conceding just two goals in four games along the way.
Hibernian will be the Well’s first big test of the new season and we can hardly see the visitors avoiding a defeat against a stronger opponent here. The home win is paid at 1.80, while the Hibs are 1.90 to net two or more goals in the match.
Hibernian vs Motherwell: Bet Tips
Hibernian to win @ 1.80
Hibernian Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.90.