Jack Ross will lead Hibs for the first time this weekend as they welcome Motherwell to Easter Road.

The Steelmen are flying high at the moment, currently sitting fourth in the table after an impressive start to the season.

Robbo’s got the Well motoring. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hibs meanwhile are in the bottom six following a disappointing start, which has led to Ross replacing Paul Heckingbottom as Hibs boss.

They’ll be out for revenge this weekend against a Well side who eased past them 3-0 last time out at Fir Park. Here’s who we think will start for both sides.


Hibs’ starting XI

In between the sticks will be Chris Maxwell, with the Preston loanee keeping Ofir Marciano out of the net for now at least. At right-back will be Jason Naismith, who Ross worked with at St Mirren, and on the other side will be Lewis Stevenson. Centre-back positions will be filled by Paul Hanlon and Ryan Porteous.

Porteous is returning from Scotland duty. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ross often opted for 4-2-3-1 at Sunderland so we reckon that’s what he’ll go with against Motherwell. The CDM roles will be occupied by Vykintas Slivka and Melker Hallberg.

We think Martin Boyle will return to the starting XI on the right with Daryl Horgan on the left. Scott Allan keeps his place through the middle in CAM.

Christian Doidge will keep his place up top following a hat-trick against St Johnstone. Florian Kamberi misses the XI through the system change and the fact he may not be fully fit, with his Albania coaches claiming he has a ‘slight injury’ (The Herald, sport, page 7, 17/11/19).

Kamberi could miss out the Hibs v Motherwell battle. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Overall there are two changes to the XI from Hibs’ 4-1 win away at McDiarmid Park.

Hibs XI: Maxwell; Naismith, Porteous, Hanlon, Stevenson; Hallberg, Slivka; Boyle, Allan, Horgan; Doidge

Motherwell’s starting XI

Mark Gillespie will keep his place in goals for the Well although pressure is mounting from Northern Ireland international keeper Trevor Carson. Liam Grimshaw will be at right-back whilst Jake Carroll keeps the left-back spot.

Declan Gallagher will start again after his Scotland swansong. Peter Hartley could return but we believe Bevis Mugabi has earned the right to keep his starting place following impressive starts against Celtic and Rangers.

Mugabi deserves to start (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images)

Liam Donnelly will return to CDM with Liam Polworth and Allan Campbell padding out the engine room. On the flanks will be Devante Cole and Sherwin Seedorf, with the Well likely to play quick counter-attacking football.

In the lone striker role will be Chris Long, who has put in brilliant workmanlike performances over the past few weeks. In total there are two changes from the side that lost 2-0 to Celtic.

Motherwell XI: Gillespie; Grimshaw, Mugabi, Gallagher, Carroll; Donnelly, Polworth, Campbell; Cole, Long, Seedorf

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