Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels claims Hibernian are under more pressure in Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final because of their famously long wait to win the trophy.
But he warned the Edinburgh side's 5-1 cup final thrashing by Hearts last May could act as added motivation for Pat Fenlon's side.
Hibs suffered the worst day in their history as they were taken apart by their city rivals to prolong their run without Scottish Cup glory beyond 110 years.
Shiels said: ``There's a lot of pressure on Hibs because they haven't won it for 100-odd years.
``As a club that puts pressure on the players. There is so much pressure on those players.
``With us being the underdogs, it takes a little bit of the pressure off.''
When asked whether last season's final put more onus on Hibs, Shiels said: ``I think it's an incentive for them. I wouldn't say it was added pressure.
``I think it gives them a good incentive to get to Hampden again.''
Kilmarnock lost two late equalisers against Hibs at Easter Road on Wednesday night as Hibs stayed one point and one place above the Ayrshire side in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
And Shiels believes the tight nature of the SPL leads to good preparation for the unique nature of a cup tie.
``Cup runs are important to all the clubs,'' he said. ``There's a semi-final at stake.
``Football drives me on no matter what. You want to win games. Some of them are very, very important and high risk. The difference between winning and losing can be huge.
``If you go out of the cup it can produce a negative energy and we have to guard against that.
``The league games are cup games at the moment because there is so much at stake.
``There's a chance to get into Europe or a chance to get in the bottom three.
``There is so little between the situations that it's quite intense at the minute.''
Killie are without Manuel Pascali and Borja Perez because of hamstring injuries and Shiels has doubts over James Fowler and James Dayton.
But Kris Boyd could feature after getting some part of an under-20s game with Motherwell on Thursday.
``He did fine,'' Shiels said. ``He hasn't played for quite a while so it was good for him to get some game time. There's a chance he will play.''
Hibernian boss Fenlon is ``desperate'' to earn a Hampden return for the club's supporters as they continue looking to atone for last season's cup final torture.
Hibs are expecting a big following in Ayrshire and Fenlon wants to repay them for their support.
The fans suffered the worst day in the club's history at Hampden last May when Hearts thrashed them 5-1 to prolong their wait for a Scottish Cup triumph beyond 110 years.
Fenlon told Hibernian TV: ``We'll have a massive support and it's a good time - a three o'clock kick-off - and they should be in good voice by the time they get through there.
``We know what it means to them as well so we are desperate to get through for them.''
Hibs should have defender Paul Hanlon back in their squad.
Hanlon was not risked in the draw with Killie because of a hip knock but is set to play at Rugby Park.
Defender Tim Clancy remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.