Hibs go to Pittodrie this weekend licking their wounds after losing to Hearts in midweek.

Jack Ross will hope for a far better performance from his side against Aberdeen following the 3-1 result at Easter Road against their Edinburgh rivals.

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The Hibees had been in fine goalscoring fettle going into the game, but couldn’t deal with the Jambos’ attackers, with the visitors’ defence also much more resolute than usual this season.

Standing in Hibs’ way of three points this weekend is Derek McInnes’ Dons, who could only draw with Kilmarnock 2-2 at Rugby Park on Wednesday – although they did come from two goals down.

Here’s how Ross may set up his team at Pittodrie.

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Goalkeeper – Marciano

Ofir Marciano should make his 25th appearance of the season in goal.

Defence – McGinn, Jackson, Hanlon

Unfortunately Hibs’ defensive trio were all over the place on Wednesday, but Ross is unlikely to make any changes to his backline having had a decent run before the Hearts debacle.

They’ll need to regroup ahead of the trip to Pittodrie, with some dangerous players to watch out for such as Matty Kennedy and Connor McLennan.

Midfield – Boyle, Whittaker, Allan, Docherty, Stevenson

Stephane Omeonga was an inclusion in the starting XI against Hearts but Ross could opt for the more defensively-minded Steven Whittaker to shore things up.

Whittaker could be recalled by Ross to shore things up in midfield (2018/19 Hibernian FC Head shots Season 2018/19 Steven Whittaker, 2018/19)

There are some strong attacking threats in Martin Boyle and Scott Allan, so such a selection of midfielders could strike the right balance.

Attack – Doidge, Gullan

Ross spoke ahead of the game about youngster Jamie Gullan, and appeared to suggest he may be handed a start at Pittodrie.

After Marc McNulty was retrospectively banned for two matches by the SPFL for a stamp, there is potential for the teenager to partner Christian Doidge in attack.

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