Motherwell will be looking to secure a fourth consecutive win when Ross County travel south on Saturday. With nine goals credited in the last three outings the home side are firm favourites.
County started the season with a win over Hamilton and a goalless draw with Hearts before losses against Livingston and Aberdeen. Throw in a League Cup defeat from Partick Thistle and it is clear that dark clouds were gathering in Dingwall. A late goal from Marcus Fraser lightened the tone and delivered three points as St Mirren stumbled last weekend. The Highlanders now have seven points, three behind third placed Motherwell.
There are a couple of former 'Well players in the Ross County squad. Lee Erwin has made only one appearance since his summer move from Iran and appears to be only a fringe player. Iain Vigurs has been a regular this season but a possible recurrence of a foot injury caused an early substitution last Saturday and he may be a doubt for the Fir Park match.
The visitors will have fond memories of their last trip to Motherwell. They were a Championship side but they knocked us out of the Scottish Cup at the end of the winter break. Brian Graham scored both goals on that occasion and he will be one worth watching.
A steady flow of claret and amber goals has Motherwell now comfortably placed in the top half of the table. Hamilton, Hibs and Hearts have succumbed to our firepower and the team will be keen to extend the run.
Our forward line, principally two wide and one central, is ably supported by midfield and defence. Peter Hartley, Declan Gallagher and Liam Donnelly have made significant contributions to the recent successes. At the same time Mark Gillespie continues to provide a resilient last line of defence.
Anything but a home win would be a disappointment and a surprise to the Lanarkshire crowd. A 2-0 result will make it four in a row.