Kilmarnock v Hamilton Academical – Match by numbers
With the winter break now over, the Premiership sides are back in action this weekend as they enter the Scottish Cup. The fourth round offers a welcome distraction from the league for some teams as 10th and 11th in the Premiership go head-to-head at Rugby Park.
5-This is the eighth time the teams have been drawn to face each other in the Scottish Cup and the fourth at Rugby Park. Killie have won five of the previous seven ties by an aggregate of 18-11. The only time the teams needed a replay came after a 2-2 second round draw in February 1953 at the old Douglas Park. Accies triumphed 2-0 in that match, the second and last time they managed to knock the Ayrshire team out the Cup.
8-In recent times, Hamilton and Kilmarnock have tended to pick up better results away from their artificial home pitches, even if that happens to be at a different artificial pitch. The away side in a Kilmarnock-Hamilton match is unbeaten in the last eight games between the teams, a run that stretches back to December 2014. Alexei Eremenko’s 93rd minute winner fired Allan Johnston’s side to a 1-0 win at Rugby Park. Co-incidentally, this is the only time either side has recorded a home win over the other since they installed their artificial pitches. In the 10 matches on artificial turf, the away side has came out on top six times, with the other three ending 0-0.
53-It will be almost 53 years to the day that Kilmarnock last played Hamilton in a Scottish Cup tie. The sides last met in the second round at Douglas Park in January 1964 with Killie one point clear of eventual champions Rangers at the top of Division One. A total of 9,378 fans watched on as the title chasers overcame Division Two Hamilton 3-1 on their way to the semi-finals where they would bow out to Dundee after a comprehensive 4-0 defeat.
80-This weekend’s match will be the 161st meeting between the teams, and the 80th at Rugby Park. The previous 79 meeting in Ayrshire have generally been successful for Kilmarnock as they have recorded 47 wins in that period and out-scoring their Lanarkshire opponents by 158 goals to 71. Accies have won just 15 times at Rugby Park with the other 17 ending in draws. The biggest win in that time came in the second meeting when Killie ran riot as they beat Accies 7-1 for the second time in a week way back in December 1898.