Hamilton Academical provide the first league opposition at Fir Park in the 2018/19 campaign.
Accies make the short trip across the River Clyde to Motherwell for the first Lanarkshire derby of the campaign, perhaps feeling a little hard done to with the result last weekend against Hearts, but knowing a win will kickstart their season.
A BUSY SUMMER
A lot of Scottish clubs are now all too familiar with a high turnover of players during the summer transfer window and Accies are no different. June, July and August has seen 11 players recruited so far, with more expected between now and the close of the window.
There is a mix of familiar faces with the return of Ziggy Gordon from the Polish league and some that are less well known, but arrive with a pedigree, such as Delphin Tshiembe, who joined after a successful spell in the Danish top league.
THE TOP END OF THE PITCH
Accies will rely on the pace and power they have in the forward areas to do damage on derby day. Rakish Bingham and Mickel Miller lead the line last weekend against Hearts at the Hope CBD Stadium and could do so again at Fir Park on Saturday.
Norwich City loanee Mason Broomfield could also be in contention for a starting berth in the visitor’s attack.
CONTINUITY IN MANAGEMENT
Whilst their playing squad changes as regularly as almost every other club, where Hamilton excel is unswerving loyalty to their management staff. Owner and chairman Ronnie McDonald and his board have never been trigger-happy when it comes to the head coach, with Martin Canning having been in post for just short of four years.
Indeed, Accies have only had three permanent managers in the last 13 years. By comparison, ‘Well have had nine.
THE ACCIES MODEL
Accies are proud of what they see is their model, which is the production and development of young players. Over the years, they have stayed true to that philosophy, even if has cost them their spot in the top league.
People often cite James McCarthy and James McArthur, both there are other more recent examples like Stephen Hendrie, Ali Crawford, Mikey Devlin, Lewis Ferguson and Greg Docherty have all made their mark.
DERBY DAY UNPREDICTABILITY
Historically Motherwell have had the upper hand when the teams meet, the Steelmen haven’t lost in 104 of the 145 games. But Hamilton’s impressive recent top flight run has also brought about far more unpredictability when it comes to the Lanarkshire derby.
In the 17 matches since promotion in 2014, ‘Well have won seven fixtures between the pair, with Accies victorious six times. There have been four draws.