Hibernian make the journey to Fir Park on Saturday where they’ll take on Motherwell for a 3pm kick off in the Scottish Premiership. Right now, the sides are separated solely by goal difference having matched one another’s record of one victory, one stalemate and one defeat in three games, amassing a total of four points so far. Last time they met, it was Hibernian who were victorious by two goals to nil.
Motherwell started their league campaign with a scoreless draw away to livingston, and that was soon followed by a thrashing at the hands of champions Celtic on home soil by five goals to two. Their League Cup loss to Hearts was also difficult to take as it ensured that it was now three games without a win in a row, but in their most recent outing, Motherwell were back to winning ways as they saw off Hamilton Academical at the Fountain of Youth Stadium. Peter Hartley put Motherwell in the lead, and Jamie Hamilton’s red card allowed Liam Donnelly to step up from the spot and convert his penalty to go 0-2 in front. Ross Cunningham got one back for the home side, but Chris Long’s strike just after the interval made sure of maximum points.
Hibernian have been the victors in two of their last four matches in all competitions, first beating St. Mirren at home by a solitary goal and then suffering a humiliating 6-1 annihilation from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers at Ibrox. Upon the visit of Greenock Morton in the League Cup, Hibernian ran out 5-3 winners in a thrilling encounter for the neutral viewer as Scott Allan, Josh Vela, Florian Kamberi and Christian Doidge were all on target for the home team. In their most recent matchup, Hibernian were pitted against St. Johnstone and they were held to a point after Kamberi put them in an advantageous position twenty minutes from time, with Jason Kerr equalizing in the final minute.
Hibernian have been victors in four of the previous six meetings between these two, with their last away victory arriving in 2017. The visitors are undefeated in three of their last four outings, whereas Motherwell have won only one of their past four matches.
There’s been over two goals in each of Hibernian’s last three games, and the same can be said for Motherwell too. Two of the last four clashes involving these teams have finished with exactly three goals, both of which favoured Hibernian.
Motherwell have scored in each of their last four home games
Hibernian have scored eight goals in their last three matches
Neither side has drawn in their last five outings
Christy Manzinga is a doubt due to a hamstring injury he sustained earlier in August and the 24 year old may not feature here, while David Turnbull will remain on the sidelines for quite some time yet as he continues to recover from a knee injury, with January expected to be the month of his return to action.
Darren McGregor could sit this one out as he struggles with an abdominal injury with his last appearance coming against Greenock Morton. Martin Boyle won’t get any minutes on the pitch until January of next year with a knee injury plaguing the 26 year old’s season. Other than that, Hibernian should have everyone available for this match.