An in-depth look at the club we are about to face. Tomorrow's regular Friday match preview will cover the game itself from another angle.
Hibernian were formed in 1875 and joined the Scottish League in 1893, the same year that they moved to what is still their home, Easter Road. The club have won 10 major trophies - the League Championship 4 times, and both the Scottish Cup and League Cup 3 times. Last season's Scottish Cup win ended a 114 year wait to win the trophy, after they had previously won the competition in 1897 and 1902. The current team are 7 points clear at the top of the Championship, with Premiership football their aim after 2 failed play-off attempts in the past 2 seasons.
Last 3 seasons
2013/14: 11th, Premiership (relegated)
2014/15: 2nd, Championship (lost promotion play-off semi final)
2015/16: 3rd, Championship (lost promotion play-off semi-final)
Head to head record - last 10 meetings:
Pars wins: 3 Draws: 2 Hibs wins: 5
Last five outings:
22 February - Scottish Cup replay - Won 3-1 v Hearts (H)
18 February - Championship - Drew 1-1 v Raith (A)
12 February - Scottish Cup - Drew 0-0 v Hearts (A)
04 February - Championship - Drew 1-1 v Ayr United (H)
28 January - Championship - Won 1-0 v Queen of the South (A)
Hibs have the best defensive record in Scottish football this season, having conceded only 13 League goals.
Hibs are currently undefeated in 9 League matches, and have scored in all 9 games.
They have scored in all 11 home League games this season.
There are surprisingly few connections between the current Pars and Hibs playing squads.
The only current Hibs player with Pars connections is striker Lewis Allan, who is currently on loan to Edinburgh City. He played 8 games for Dunfermline, on loan from Hibs, in 2015.
Sean Murdoch is the only current Pars player to have played for Hibs (2012-2014), making 2 appearances for the Edinburgh club.
With 17 goals already this season, including 1 in last night's Scottish Cup win over Hearts, Jason Cummings is one of Scottish football's most exciting young talents. Already attracting interest from English clubs, Cummings has scored 63 goals for Hibs in 116 starts since making his debut for the the club as an 18 year old in November 2013.
In the dugout
Neil Lennon: a controversial figure who can often infuriate fans of opposition clubs, but undoubtedly someone who demands the highest standards from his players, as he did from his team mates during his successful playing career. A Celtic legend who was an integral part of the Martin O'Neill era team, after retiring as a player Lennon returned to the club to achieve more success as manager. Although his period in charge at Bolton ended in him leaving through "mutual consent", this was perhaps a case of the right manager at the wrong club, given Bolton's well-documented financial problems at the time.
A member of the great Hibs forward line "The Famous Five", Lawrie Reilly played for Hibs between 1946 and 1958, scoring 185 goals in 253 League games. He holds the record for most international caps won by a player during their time at Hibs (38). His 22 goals for Scotland include 6 goals against England - no other player in world football during the 20th century scored more goals against England. His goal ratio for Scotland is better than the joint top scorers for the Scottish national team, Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish. After scoring a late equaliser against England in 1953, he gained the nickname "Last Minute Reilly". He had also scored Scotland's other goal in that game, which ended 2-2. He retired through injury at the age of 29.
Video of the England v Scotland game, with Reilly's goals, can be seen below. The Scotland goalkeeper is future Pars manager George Farm.