Hibernian VS Kilmarnock, go for Hibernian

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Match Time:8/1/2020 22:00 Saturday(GMT+8)

Scottish Premier League -- Hibernian VS Kilmarnock

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Hibernian and Kilmarnock square off at Easter Road on Saturday afternoon as both teams look to begin the new Scottish Premiership campaign in style.  When the previous season was brought to an halt after 30 games, just four points separated these sides in eighth and seventh respectively.  

 

Match preview  

After building some stability at Hibs with 10 wins and five draws from 22 matches last season, Jack Ross will be determined to build on that over the coming months.   The enforced break came at a time when Hibs had created distance between themselves and the relegation zone, instead threatening to end the regular campaign in the top six.  Nevertheless, there is now the belief that the club can get back challenging for fourth spot, the position which they achieved as recently as 2017-18.  Although there has been some upheaval with regards to players, this is now Ross's squad, and there can be few excuses if they do not deliver during the coming weeks.  Despite having only won four of his 15 matches in caretaker charge, Alex Dyer has been provided with a two-year contract at Kilmarnock.  Given his lack of experience in the dugout's most senior role, club officials have taken a calculated risk, but the 54-year-old has been able to bring in half-a-dozen new signings.  That is a show of faith from the powers-that-be, and there will be an understanding that an opening double-header against Hibs and Celtic represents a tough start to the campaign.  With just three pre-season games under their belt, Kilmarnock must be regarded as underdogs heading into this contest, but that may be a scenario which Dyer relishes as he bids to get the club back into the top half of the standings.  

 

Hibernian form: DDWDL  

 

Kilmarnock form: WLD  

 

Team News  

Ross could hand immediate debuts to new signings Alex Gogic and Kevin Nisbet, who have arrived from Hamilton Academical and Dunfermline respectively.  However, Drey Wright may have to make do with a place among the replacements after his transfer from St Johnstone.  Meanwhile, Kilmarnock boss Dyer will almost certainly hand a start to goalkeeper Danny Rogers after his successful trial period during pre-season.  However, after undergoing surgery last week, Gary Dicker will be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.  Eamonn Brophy is expected to get the nod ahead of Nicke Kabamba in attack.  

 

Hibernian possible starting lineup: Marciano; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon; Boyle, Mallan, Gogic, Stevenson; Allan; Doidge, Nisbet  

Kilmarnock possible starting lineup: Rogers; McGowan, Broadfoot, Findlay, Haunstrup; Makrini, Power; McKenzie, Burke, Kiltie; Brophy

 

Hibernian VS Kilmarnock

Prediction:Hibernian 2-1 Kilmarnock

 

Hibernian VS Kilmarnock

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