United’s Jamie Robson is booked as he walks off gingerly to be subbed for Adrian Sporle. He really flew into that aerial challenge. Paul McGinn continues and thankfully both players look like they will be OK.
Former Hearts forward and coach on BBC SportsoundQuote Message: You could see the coming together was going to happen as soon as they jumped. It was a nasty collision
You could see the coming together was going to happen as soon as they jumped. It was a nasty collision
Oh, my goodness. There has been an awful collision between United’s Jamie Robson and Hibs defender Paul McGinn.
Former Scotland midfielder on BBC SportsoundQuote Message: The middle of the park is where I think Hibs are weakest, they are going to be outnumbered there. They’ll need support
The middle of the park is where I think Hibs are weakest, they are going to be outnumbered there. They’ll need support
Peter Pawlett takes the first corner of the game but the United midfielder smacks it with too much gusto and Hibs have a throw-in deep in their own half.
Hibs get us under way. Both teams are playing in their traditional home kits – United in tangerine and black, Hibs in green and white.
The players take the knee to show support for the Black Lives Matter campaign.
And here come the teams on to a perfectly presented pitch in the Tayside sunshine. If only the fans were there…
Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:“It’s great to have the opportunity to play football again. It’s a great night, a fantastic pitch and it’s live on TV. We’ll approach every game trying to get a result. The league table will look after itself.
“[On player discipline around Covid-19 restrictions] I don’t have any problems here. To be fair, there are grey areas. They are a good group of professionals. We’re getting to know what we can and can’t do. We treat them like adults. They need to ask the question and we would find out for them.”
Ahead of kick-off,Hibernian head coach Jack Rosshas been speaking to BBC Sportsound as his side look to maintain their 100% winning start to the season.
“From my point of view I had to prepare as if everything was going ahead”, says Ross.
“We come here in the best possible frame of mind.
“But we have a clear understanding of how we’ve achieved the previous victories.
“It would be difficult to make any changes from the weekend, but if we felt the need to we would’ve, so the team we’ve picked is the team we believe can win the game tonight.”
Amy Irons has a bit of catching up to do in our Sportscene Predictions feature. After two rounds of games the sport presenter on The Nine has earned 80 points, 20 short of the tally accumulated by guests Shaun Maloney and Chris Iwelumo.
Scotland defender Stephen O’Donnell is next to try his luck guessing the Premiership scores.Read what led Amy to predict a 3-2 win for Hibs this evening.
Following Hibernian’s announcement that they would be making cuts across the club to save money because of the coronavirus pandemic, the triple signing of Kevin Nisbet, Drey Wright and Alex Gogic last month may have raised a few eyebrows.
However, two games in to the Scottish Premiership season and already one player has shone for Jack Ross’s side – striker Nisbet. His hat-trick on Saturday in the 4-1 away win over Livingston suggested the 23-year-old’s eye for goal has not been lost in his move from Dunfermline to Easter Road.
Stefan Bienkowski has chartedNisbet’s rise to the Premiership summitfrom Partick Thistle’s Weir Youth Academy.
Dundee United welcome Hibs to Tannadice this evening with a draw and a win in the bank, their first league games under new manager Micky Mellon. They sit fifth in the table and can go top, leapfrogging the visitors, with a win. Hibs, of course, will be determined to go three points clear of Rangers and Ross County, the two other teams with six points from six so far.
My colleague Al Lamont is a man who does his research and tonight’s match commentator on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene has been leafing through dusty books in his loft to find out when Hibs last won their opening three league matches in the top tier. Al reckons it was back in season 1974/75 – the last time Celtic were going for 10 titles in a row. Good stat, huh?
Hibernian’s last match was at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday. Livi conceded only eight goals at home last season in the Premiership, but Kevin Nisbet scored three times in West Lothian as Hibs won 4-1. United have been served a warning.
If you’d like a little taster of the form of tonight’s protagonists, we have some highlights for you to enjoy.
After a draw against St Johnstone on the opening day of the Premiership, Dundee United clinched their first win of the season on Saturday, Mark Reynolds the match-winner for the Terrors away to Motherwell.