Scottish Cup Final 2013: Celtic vs Hibernian Date, Time, Live Stream and Preview
Celtic and Hibernian both survived extra time in the Scottish Cup semifinals last month and will now battle for the championship. Celtic have won the Cup a record 35 times, with the last coming in 2011, while Hibernian haven't lifted the trophy since 1902.
Capturing the Scottish Cup would be a perfect end to an already impressive season for Celtic. The Hoops won the Scottish Premier League by 16 points and had a strong showing in the Champions League, reaching the knockout stages.
For Hibernian, the match is a chance to salvage a title from an otherwise mundane campaign. The Hibs finished in the middle of the SPL pack. They did defeat Celtic in one of their three meetings. The other two results were a draw and a Celtic win to split the series.
Which club will win the Scottish Cup?
Both clubs should leave everything on the pitch as they attempt to end the season on a high note. Here's a look at all the viewing information for the final, followed by players to watch and a prediction.
Where: Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland
When: Sunday, May 26 at 10 a.m. ET
Watch: Sky Sports 3
Live Stream: Sky Go
Celtic Player to Watch: Gary Hooper
Hooper paced the Celtic attack once again, netting 19 goals in 32 league appearances. The 25-year-old striker continues to impress with his remarkable consistency. His longest stretch without a goal this season was five matches, which barely qualifies as a minor slump.
The main reason he's so reliable is his work rate. He isn't blessed with amazing pace or ideal size, but he's willing to fight for 90 minutes. He puts plenty of pressure on opposing defenders, and there aren't many in the SPL who can handle it.
Celtic need Hooper to control the match in the attacking third. The Hibernian back line will surely be completely focused on keeping him out of dangerous areas, which means he might need to take on more of a playmaking role early, but he must make an impact in one way or another.
Hibernian Player to Watch: Leigh Griffiths
A memorable performance in the final would be the best way for Griffiths is seal his breakout campaign. On loan from Wolverhampton, the striker finally showcased the type of form that Wolves expected when they brought him in from Dundee.
He found the net 35 times in league play, a major jump from just eight last season. He's also been in very good form lately, scoring 13 goals over his last 14 appearances across all competitions. It allows him to enter the match with plenty of momentum.
In the victory over Celtic earlier in the campaign, it was Griffiths who scored the only goal. The Hibs have to hope for a similar pace on Sunday. If it's a wide-open match, it favors the Hoops. They have to slow things down and look for Griffiths to make a couple great runs.
Matchup to Watch: Fraser Forster vs. Ben Williams
The goalkeepers will be in the spotlight throughout the final. All it takes is one mistake from either Forster or Williams to completely change the course of the match. Fortunately, both clubs should feel confident with their No. 1 keepers.
Which goalkeeper will have the better final?
After Forster bounced around several different clubs early in his career, he's seemingly found his comfort zone with Celtic. He's kept 22 clean sheets in his third season with the Hoops, a slight decrease from the last two years. One in the final would more than make up for that.
Williams moved to Hibernian last summer. Thrust right into the starting role, he's handled it extremely well. He should expect to face a lot of pressure from a talented Celtic attack. How he stands up to it will likely decide the Scottish Cup champion.
Celtic 3, Hibernian 1
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