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Aug 22, 2021 at 12pm UK at Dens Park
DundeeDundee
2-2
HibernianHibernian
Cummings (11'), McGowan (83')
McMullan (49'), Adam (51'), Ashcroft (65'), Byrne (78'), McGowan (84')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Boyle (39' pen.), Porteous (59')
McGinn (36'), Porteous (44'), Doig (78')

Preview: Dundee vs. Hibernian - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash between Dundee and Hibernian, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Hibernian will attempt to extend their 100% record in the Scottish Premiership to three matches when they face Dundee on Sunday afternoon.

While Hibs make the trip to Dens Park in high spirits, the same cannot be said of their hosts who are still searching for their first league win of the season.


Match preview

Hibernian manager Jack Ross pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Everyone associated with Hibs were naturally disappointed by the outcome of their Europa Conference League tie with Rijeka earlier this month, the Croatian side prevailing 5-2 on aggregate.

Nevertheless, Jack Ross's side have been perfect on the domestic front, netting eight goals in games against Motherwell, Ross County and Kilmarnock.

Hibs are realistically competing to be the best of the rest behind Rangers and Celtic, but Ross will stress to his players that there is an opportunity to aim higher with their more illustrious rivals having endured a less-than-perfect start to the campaign.

That said, Ross will want his squad to focus on one match at a time, particular with a game with either of the big two not due until October 2.

Christian Doidge, Kyle Magennis and Martin Boyle have each contributed two goals apiece during the league triumphs over Motherwell and Ross County.

Having posted five wins in the League Cup this season, Dundee boss James McPake cannot be too negative about his team's start to the Scottish Premiership.

The 6-0 reverse at Celtic left this group of players with plenty of soul-searching to do, but they responded in perfect fashion against Motherwell in the cup.

A clean sheet and late winner meant that everything went to plan for the Dark Blues, who now play host to St Johnstone in the quarter-finals.

However, Dundee need to build some momentum in the top flight and Jason Cummings will be expected to build on his fourth goals in all competitions.

Dundee Scottish Premiership form:
  • D
  • L

Dundee form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W

Hibernian Scottish Premiership form:
  • W
  • W

Hibernian form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W



Team News

Hibernian's Martin Boyle pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Hibs were handed a blow earlier this month with the news that Doidge will miss a number of months due to an Achilles issue.

Kevin Nisbet will line up down the middle of the attack, while Paul Hanlon should replace Darren McGregor in defence after a head injury.

Boyle, who has just penned a new contract at Easter Road, will continue down the right flank.

Having made changes for the League Cup tie over Motherwell, McPake is expected to select the majority of the Dundee players who featured in that match.

However, youngster Corey Panter may be called upon to replace Jordan Marshall, who was sent off in the defeat at Celtic.

Dundee possible starting lineup:
Legzdins; Elliott, Ashcroft, Fontaine, Panter; McGhee, Byrne, Adam; McMullan, Cummings, McGowan

Hibernian possible starting lineup:
Macey; McGinn, Hanlon, Porteous, Doig; Doyle-Hayes, Newell; Boyle, Magennis, Murphy; Nisbet


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We say: Dundee 1-2 Hibernian

Despite their capitulation last weekend, we still expect Dundee to respond with a much-improved performance in front of their own supporters. That said, they may struggle to see out a result against Hibs, who are playing with confidence in the final third.



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How you voted: Dundee vs Hibernian

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Draw
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1RangersRangers16123136142239
2Celtic16112336102635
3Hearts1786326151130
4Dundee UnitedDundee Utd177461518-325
5Motherwell177462125-425
6Aberdeen176382222021
7Hibernian155461819-119
8St Mirren173861728-1117
9Dundee164481530-1516
10St Johnstone15357915-614
11Livingston163491223-1113
12Ross County152581927-811

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