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Motherwell v Hibs - 25th January 2020


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Would normally back us to win at home but can’t shake the feeling we’ll be dropping points due to the absences in the forward line. With Long probably out and Hylton unwell, that only leaves Scott as a nailed on starter. With that in mind, I’d expect us to run with that same midfield 4 we played against Aberdeen with Scott partnering up with any of Ndjoli/Manzinga/Ilic/MacIver/Seedorf. Expecting an energetic and battling performance where we’ll be hoping to take advantage of set pieces and all the usual malarkey that goes with that. Would take a draw now. Bonus points if we manage to see the elusive Casper Sloth feature at all.

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Seems to be Long out along with Maguire, Semple and Hylton a doubt. Dunne & Turnbull still long term injuries.

It kind of shows how fortunate we've been injuries-wise this season that this is probably the most we've had unavailable and only 2 of them have been regular starters (Long, Hylton).

I wouldn't be surprised to see Ilic get a start to keep his chin up after the tactical sub during the week. Robinson's been talking him up and by all accounts he did a turn at Pittodrie and scored twice for the Reserves on Monday - which should put him miles ahead of Seedorf for the position.

Gillespie
Grimshaw Gallagher Hartley Carroll
Campbell Donnelly Polworth
O'Hara Scott Ilic

The Accies game at FP is still fresh enough in the mind to be unsure about this one tbh.

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The incentive is huge for us today, we win and go seven points clear in third if only for 24 hours.

This is therefore, exactly the type of game that we fail to deliver the goods in, just like Aberdeen at home, just like Accies at home and just like Ross County at home.

1-0 Hibs.

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1 hour ago, MJC said:

The incentive is huge for us today, we win and go seven points clear in third if only for 24 hours.

This is therefore, exactly the type of game that we fail to deliver the goods in, just like Aberdeen at home, just like Accies at home and just like Ross County at home.

1-0 Hibs.

Kind of with you on this one, sadly 

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4 minutes ago, Casagolda said:
Long and Hylton both missing. 

A front 3 of Ilic, MacIver and Scott...

Manzinga on the bench...and Scott presumably the #9.

Probably projecting here but it feels like this will be a bit of a test to see if we need another body in up front (spoiler: we do). It definitely feels thin.

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Big test for the front three and will tell us alot about whether they are capable of delivering the goods. This is potentially the big chance for James Scott to prove he can play the 'No.9' role for us.

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