Starting line-ups revealed for Edinburgh Derby clash at Easter Road

A result is vital for both clubs in their bid to secure season's ambitions.

Starting line-ups revealed for Edinburgh Derby clash at Easter Road SNS Group

Hibs and Hearts have named their starting line-ups for the latest instalment of the Edinburgh Derby at Easter Road.

A results is vital for both clubs on Saturday with their league ambitions hanging by a thread in the penultimate game before the split.

The home side are still looking to secure their place in the top half with only a point separating them from seventh placed Livingston.

Livi host St Johnstone later on Saturday knowing any slip up from Hibs will put them back in the driving seat for a top six spot.

Hearts on the other hand are desperate to get back on track after a run of four consecutive defeats resulted in them falling five points behind third placed Aberdeen in the fight for guaranteed group stage football next season.

Robbie Neilson was sacked after last week’s 3-0 defeat to St Mirren with the club’s CEO claiming finishing third was “more important than ever” with a potential £6m bounty on the line.

Third place in the Premiership will enter the Europa League at the play-off stage meaning, even if they lose, they are at least guaranteed a place in the Conference League groups.

Lee Johnson claimed last week that he still has ambitions to get Hibs into third, despite the ten point difference between them and the Dons, albeit with a game in hand.

David Marshall captains his side behind Hanlon, Fish, Egan-Riley, Cadden, Jeggo, Stevenson, Doyle-Hayes, Newell, Youhan and Nesbit.

Steven Naismith was brought in as Neilson replacement on an interim basis for the last seven games of the season and he has named his first team since taking the reins.

He starts with Clark in goals behind Smith, Kingsley, Rowles, Sibbick, Halliday, Devlin, Forrest, Grant, McKay and captain Lawrence Shankland.

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