The race towards the end of 2019 starts at Easter Road on Saturday, as Motherwell travel to face Hibernian.
Off the back of another international break, both teams have plenty incentive to try and take all three points in the Ladbrokes Premiership match.
The story so far
Hibs have a new man at the helm. Jack Ross will be in the dugout for the first time on Saturday, having been named as Paul Heckingbottom’s replacement this week.
He arrives to inherit a team who have had a disappointing campaign so far. Eighth in the league table, they’ve mustered 12 points from their opening 12 games to leave them just two points above the play-off spot as things stands.
Three to watch
New Hibernian boss Ross will take charge of the Easter Road club for the first time when the Steelmen visit the capital.
Ross returns north of the border 18 months after departing St Mirren to take up the managerial reins at Sunderland. It was to be a chastising experience for the 43-year-old, who eventually paid the price for a mixed start to the 2019/20 season when he was sacked last month.
Previous successes with both St Mirren and Alloa demonstrate Ross’ managerial credentials and, after taking up the hotseat at Hibs, he has targeted challenging for a European spot.
After returning from a knee surgery over two months ahead of schedule, Australian international Martin Boyle will be keen to make up for lost time.
Boyle initially sustained the injury in December of last year while preparing for the Asia Cup with the Aussie national side. On returning in the Betfred Cup back in July, he played two games before sustaining a re-occurrence of the injury against Elgin City.
A second course of surgery was required. But Boyle has battled back to fitness quicker than expected and he marked his return to the team by netting a last-gasp equaliser in Hibs’ 2-2 draw with Livingston last month.
When Christian Doidge scrambled home the opening goal in Hibernian’s 4-1 victory at St Johnstone, the relief on the striker’s face was clear for all to see.
It was his first Scottish Premiership goal and he would add a further two goals against Saints to cap an impressive display, as well as sending a message to some of those questioning his slow start to life at Easter Road.
Doidge joined Hibs from Forest Green Rovers on a three-year-deal this summer, during his time with the Green Devils he netted 59 times in 108 appearances.
Get your tickets in advance
Tickets are available online now for collection from the Fir Park ticket office until 4pm on Friday. You can also buy at the club until that time.
On the day of the match, tickets will be available from a ticket booth at the away turnstiles from 1pm until 2.45pm. The game at Easter Road kicks off at 3pm.
|Over 65s / 12-17s / full-time students||£14|
|Children aged 2-11||£12*|
Children price applies to pre-sale only. Tickets on the day will cost £14.
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