Hearts take on Motherwell this weekend in what is a must win clash for the Jambos.
Manager Craig Levein is under serious pressure from some fans after a rocky start to the season has left them joint-bottom of the Premiership table.
Motherwell on the other hand come into the match on good form, with back to back wins over Hamilton and Hibs.
The two sides met a few weeks ago in the League Cup and it provided Levein with a big boost, with his side coming away from Fir Park as 2-1 winners.
It’s back to league action now though, and with a mountain of injuries to deal with, here’s our predicted Hearts XI for the match.
The starting XI
Joel Pereira will probably not make the clash (Daily Record), so Colin Doyle will fill the gap in goals.
Jamie Brandon will get a rare start, covering the injured Michael Smith. Whilst Brandon isn’t a bad option, Smith is a big player for the Jambos and will be a loss on Saturday if his hamstring problem rules him out the match.
At centre-back will be the pairing of Craig Halkett and Christophe Berra, with Aaron Hickey at left-back. Aidy White drops out the backline from Hearts’ 2-2 draw with Hamilton.
We think Levein will opt to go for two CDM’s, with Glenn Whelan and Andy Irving sitting in front of the back four.
There will be a first start for Ryotaro Meshino out on the right, who has been hailed by teammate Halkett as the spark Hearts need right now (Edinburgh Evening News).
Jake Mulraney will return to the left and Sean Clare will play through the middle in a number ten role. Conor Washington will play as a lone striker against the Well.
Overall there are two changes to the side that drew with Hamilton. Levein’s choice is restricted by injury, but he still has a good team to field on Saturday.
Here’s out XI in list form.