The Scottish Premiership is back this afternoon with three games taking place at 3pm as Aberdeen host Motherwell, Hearts welcome Dundee United and St Johnstone face St Mirren.

Europa League fixtures in midweek mean Dundee v Celtic and Rangers v Ross County have been moved to Sunday while Hibs’ trip to Livingston has been postponed due to the Hibees’ Covid outbreak.

With only a couple of points covering the teams from fifth down to tenth, the Scottish Premiership table could look very different come 5pm tonight.

As kick-off approaches around the country, here is the latest team news from around the Scottish Premiership:

Aberdeen v Motherwell

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Aberdeen look to continue their recent resurgence this afternoon as they aim for a third win from their last four games and the team news has been confirmed from Pittodrie as the Dons welcome Motherwell.

The two sides are level on points, with Aberdeen holding a superior goal difference to take sixth place, but are in very different form at the minute.

While Aberdeen appear to have ended the slump that saw them go ten games without a win, Graham Alexander’s Motherwell have only one point from their last five games.

Wins over Hearts and Hibs either side of a 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox have seen Aberdeen climb the table and they will be hoping to continue that against Motherwell.

The Dons are without Mikey Devlin, Declan Gallagher, Calvin Ramsay, Andy Considine and Jack McKenzie through injury while Motherwell’s only notable absence going into the game is the suspended Stephen O’Donnell.

Here’s how both sides line up at Pittodrie this afternoon for Aberdeen v Motherwell:

Aberdeen: Lewis, McCrorie, Watkins, Brown, Ramirez, Hedges, McGeouch, Ojo, Ferguson, Campbell, Bates
Substitutes: Woods, McGinn, JET, Hayes, Gurr, Samuels, Longstaff

Motherwell: Kelly, Mugabi, McGinley, Solhojm, Ojala, Maguire, O’Hara, Goss, Roberts, Van Veen, Watt
Substitutes: Fox, Carroll, Lamie, Woolery, Slattery, Grimshaw, Shields

Hearts v Dundee United

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After both sides suffered surprising defeats last weekend, Hearts and Dundee United will be looking to pick up three points at Tynecastle this afternoon.

 

The Jambos fell to their first loss of the season at Pittodrie while the Terrors slipped up at home against St Johnstone to bring an end to their own unbeaten run.

Going into the game, Andy Halliday and Jamie Brandon are unavailable for Robbie Neilson’s side while Dundee United are without Liam Smith and Marc McNulty for the trip to Tynecastle.

Desspite their unbeaten run, Hearts have only one win from their last five games in the Scottish Premiership while United have three wins from their last five so it should be an interesting clash in Gorgie.

Here’s how the confirmed starting XIs from Tynecastle look for Hearts v Dundee United:

Hearts: Gordon, Kingsley, Souttar, Baningime, Woodburn, Devlin, Moore, Cochrane, McKay, Halkett, Ginnelly
Substitutes: Stewart, Haring, Walker, McEneff, Mackay-Steven, Gnanduillet, Logan

Dundee United: Siegrist, Mulgrew, Niskanen, Pawlett, Clark, Edwards, Glass, Freeman, Harkes, McMann, Fuchs
Substitutes: Newman, Appere, Mochrie, Biamou, Butcher, Hoti, K. Smith

St Johnstone v St Mirren

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It’s the battle of the Saints in Perth as St Johnstone host St Mirren at McDiarmid Park this afternoon.

Callum Davidson’s side are quietly sneaking up the table while the Buddies have earned plenty of plaudits this season as Jim Goodwin again has them impressing.

Shaun Rooney is on the bench for St Johnstone who remain without Lars Dendoncker and James Brown while St Mirren’s Jamie McGrath returns to action after a hip injury.

St Mirren sit one point ahead of St Johnstone in eighth place in the Scottish Premiership and a win could send either side rocketing up the table tonight.

Here’s the starting XIs from each side ahead of St Johnstone v St Mirren:

St Johnstone: Clark, Muller, Gordon, McCart, Booth, Davidson, Bryson, Crawford, O’Halloran, Kane, Middleton
Substitutes: Parish, Rooney, Devine, Craig, Wotherspoon, May, Vertainen

St Mirren: Alnwick, Fraser, Shaughnessy, McCarthy, Tait, Flynn, Power, Tanser, Ronan, McGrath, Main
Substitutes: Lyness, Dunne, Erahon, Kiltie, McAllister, Dennis, Brophy

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