Hibernian have three games left before the Scottish Premiership splits into the top six and bottom six. Paul Heckingbottom’s side are currently in sixth place, and look set to finish in the top six. However, the three games coming up – two of which look very tough on paper – will decide Hibs’ top six fate.
Finishing in the top six would give Hibs some exciting games after the split. Conversely, a bottom six finish will lead to some meaningless games.
Here, we will examine the three games Hibs have before the split.
1. LIVINGSTON V HIBERNIAN (29.3.19)
Probably the easiest fixture Hibs have left of the three. Livingston have nothing to play for. They won’t reach the top six, or be relegated. Therefore, the onus is on Hibs to get the win that would help in their battle for a top six finish. If Hibs play to the best of their abilities, there should be only one winner on the night – Paul Heckingbottom’s side.
2. HIBERNIAN V KILMARNOCK (3.4.19)
This could be a huge game for both sides. Hibs will be looking for the win to perhaps clinch a top six finish. Whilst Kilmarnock will be wanting the three points to keep up their battle with Aberdeen for a top three finish. It will take a good performance from Hibs to get the three points required.
3. HEARTS V HIBERNIAN (6.4.19)
Quite possibly the biggest game of Paul Heckingbottom’s time in charge of Hibs. His first Edinburgh derby as Hibs boss, and also the chance to record Hibs’ first win in the derby this season. A win at Tynecastle which seals a top six finish would be a great way to round-up Heckingbottom’s first set of fixtures as Hibernian boss.