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Neil Lennon’s men have wasted no time since returning from the winter break, winning all five of their games fairly comfortably.
Not only have the Celts made a perfect start after the break, they’ve been imperious on the road of late. Winning all of their last seven games on the road, Celtic will be expecting to make it eight in a row tonight.
Despite their lofty position of third, Motherwell have only won two of their last five league matches and have failed to win each of their last five games at Fir Park. Now is not the time to be having a bad run of form with the Celts coming to town tonight.
One reason for this incredible form is the partnership that has been created up top. Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths have finally been given a chance together and they haven’t looked back. The duo have combined to score seven in their five games together, and given their both expected to start it could be a long evening for Stephen Robinson’s men.
New manager Daniel Stendel can’t be accused of waiting about for something to change at Tynecastle. The Hearts boss reinvented his side by axing seven players and bringing in four new faces to replace them and the rewards have been instant.
The Jam Tarts are now unbeaten since their return from the winter break with two wins and two draws in their four matches. While the two league draws have come away from home, it is the 2-1 win against title challengers Rangers that really catches the eye and suggests Tynecastle is becoming something of a fortress again.
As for Killie, their away form has been disastrous, Alex Dyer’s men are without a win on the road in eight and have failed to score in their last five games away from Rugby Park.
Kilmarnock’s treacherous away record combined with an exciting new dawn at Hearts should suggest the hosts will be comfortable tonight.
Livingston’s top scorer will be hoping to add to the four goals he already has against Ross County this season tonight.
Lyndon Dykes was the subject of late transfer window interest from Rangers and it’s not difficult to see why. The Aussie has contributed to 14 goals (scoring eight himself and teeing up six more for his teammates) in just 19 games this term already, which is already far better than his paltry return during the entirety of last season’s Championship with Queen of the South.
If Dykes looks a man reborn at Livi, then this is doubly true when he’s facing Ross County for The Lions. The two games between the sides this season have ended with Livi claiming all three points on both occasions and no man has enjoyed the games as much as Dykes, with the striker netting once in the 4-1 in Dingwall and grabbing a hattrick in the last meeting between the sides in December.
Hearts signing Liam Boyce was an absolute no-brainer. The ex-Burton Albion man had a good scoring record down South despite injuries; he ended his first spell in Scotland as top scorer in the Premiership with 23 goals for Ross County; and Daniel Stendel’s side were crying out for a goal scorer having been marooned at the bottom of the table. And boy has this deal worked out so far.
Boyce is showing already why the Edinburgh club paid for him, scoring in both of his first two games for the club. Grabbing a goal against St. Johnstone and the winner in the recent Rangers triumph have made him a hit with a Gorgie faithful that were so desperate for their season to be saved.
The Northern Irishman has picked up where he left off from after departing County for Burton Albion, something that could come in handy tonight. Boyce’s last game for The Staggies was against Killie, and he found the back of the net twice on that occasion. Something similar tonight wouldn’t go amiss.