Two sides that are still looking for their first points of the season meet at New Douglas Park this Saturday, as Hamilton face Kilmarnock. The hosts find themselves down in eleventh place after suffering a 3-0 defeat in their opening game of the season. Their opponents did not fare much better with them also losing, but too far tougher opponents. Despite their first defeat, Angelo Alessio will be confident in his Kilmarnock side that they can get off the mark this Saturday. Two of three times these sides met last season saw the final result end in a 1-1 draw, whereas the third and final meeting saw Kilmarnock ease to a 5-0 win.
Hamilton will be disappointed with the defeat they suffered during the opening game of the season, as they had been enjoying a decent run of form beforehand. Before their recent defeat, Hamilton had secured three wins from four games alongside one defeat. Their only defeat came against Queen’s Park, who picked up a narrow win after penalties. Following this, Hamilton eased to a 3-1 win over Clyde and then went onto beat Partick Thistle 6-5 on penalties. The Scottish side then secured a 3-2 win over Airdrieonians, before disappointingly losing 3-0 to Ross County in their opening game of the season.
Kilmarnock’s pre-season did not go quite to plan for Angelo Alessio, with his side only managing to secure one win from four fixtures. The first of their games saw them held to a 0-0 draw with Gaz Metan before they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Bucuresti. Then came the first leg of their Europa League Qualifier against Connah’s Quay Nomads which ended in a 2-1 win for Kilmarnock, but they were left shocked when they lost 2-0 in the following leg. Rangers stood in their way for their opening game of the season and Steven Gerrard’s men managed to secure a 2-1 win over the underperforming Kilmarnock.
Bryan Rice will be able to start his strongest XI this weekend against Kilmarnock, with Hamilton currently free of all injuries and suspensions. Rice stuck with the same 4-4-2 layout against Ross County which worked well throughout the preseason and despite suffering a 3-0 defeat, we should see it again. Ross Cunningham had a strong pre-season, bagging a brace against Airdrieonians. George Oakley is expected to start upfront alongside Marios Ogkmpoe.
Like their opponents, Kilmarnock do not have any current injuries or suspensions to worry about, which is a huge boost for a side struggling for form. We are expecting Kilmarnock to line up in a 4-3-3 formation which came close to securing a point against Rangers last weekend. Right-back Stephen O’Donnell was his side’s only goalscorer against Rangers and will certainly keep his spot in defence.
Although Hamilton have the home advantage, we fancy Kilmarnock to come away with the three points in this one. You can back the hosts to win at a price of 4.20, while their opponents sit at 1.85. With Kilmarnock possessing far more quality than their opponents we fancy them to win both halves of the game, whilst keeping a clean sheet. Eamonn Brophy came close to scoring against Rangers and looks in good shape to score his first goal this weekend.