His reign at Easter Road got off to the perfect start last weekend with a 3-1 win over Motherwell. They consolidated that with a 2-1 win over St Mirren during the week.
A win over Killie could see them go joint-fifth with the Ayrshire visitors, but that won’t be easy. Angelo Alessio has the Rugby Park side motoring, with the club currently chasing down third and fourth following a rocky start to his tenure.
It’s set to be an enthralling clash and here are three battles that could define the Hibs v Kilmarnock clash.
Lewis Stevenson v Chris Burke
An experienced matchup, Burke has looked 25 instead of 35 in recent weeks. He taught Hearts’ Aaron Hickey a very harsh lesson last weekend as Burke scored twice in a 3-0 win over the Jambos.
Stevenson has worked his way back up to full fitness and is now playing regularly at Easter Road. Up against an in-form Burke though, this will be one of his biggest challenges of the season so far.
Burke was given too much space by Hickey and wasn’t shown outside, instead being allowed to drive into the danger zone. Stevenson will need all of his experience to fend off the veteran Killie winger.
Christian Doidge v Dario Del Fabro
Doidge has been a man reborn in recent weeks, scoring five in his last three league games after going nine without a goal. He’ll look to continue that streak this weekend.
He’ll face one of Killie’s Juventus loanee’s in Del Fabro. The Italian has made himself a mainstay in this Kilmarnock team this season, featuring eight times in Premiership action.
Both players are good in the air and physically decent, so it’ll be interesting to see who’s similar skillset comes out on top in Leith. Everything seems to be falling for Doidge right now but Del Fabro won’t make it easy for him.
Scott Allan v Gary Dicker
Hibs’ creative influence against Killie’s defensive anchor, both players will provide a good challenge for their opposite number at Easter Road.
Dicker’s task will be to stop Allan splitting the Killie defence open. He has really shone in recent weeks behind a front two of Doidge and Florian Kamberi, playing many key passes in recent matches.
Killie’s enforcer hasn’t been too bad either, winning his scrap with the experienced Glenn Whelan last weekend. What Dicker does have in his locker though is consistent performances so Allan will need to be operating at his optimum level to get past him.