The most important Lanarkshire derby in years takes place at Fir Park on Wednesday when Motherwell and Hamilton face each other in a relegation scrap.
The end of the season is 8 games away and the need to move away the play-off spot is the major concern. We have a one point advantage over our neighbours and the breathing space that would follow a home win would ease our fears.
Stephen Robinson spoke of his squad’s confidence in their ability and referred to the drive and ambition that has been on show since he was as placed in charge. “Everyone knows what’s at stake”.
Hamilton were dismantled by Loius Moult when they last crossed the Clyde in September. The striker scored four goals as he led us to a 4-1 win but an ankle knock will force a late decision on his inclusion in the starting eleven.
The newly installed manager drew much praise for his positive approach to the weekend match at Ibrox and his 3-4-3 formation probably deserved more than a point. What will his plan be this midweek?
Hamilton managed a last gasp winning goal on Saturday despite facing only 9 St Johnstone players for the whole of the second half. The win ended a three game losing run and lifted them above Inverness.
While a repeat of the 4-1 earlier in the season might be too much to anticipate there’s every reason to believe that we can produce enough to enjoy a first home win of the year. 2-0 will do nicely.