Preview - Kilmarnock (h)

Last updated : 20 August 2009 By Firparkcorner

Motherwell have already played three 'home' games this term in the Europa League but having to go to Airdrie for these matches certainly put a damper on things. We'll now be able to play on our new, shiny and green pitch for the first time and watch Killie completely ignore it as they launch balls to Kevin Kyle. Kyle has been in superb form in recent weeks and the thought of what he could do to our defence is worrying. Other players like Taouil, Bryson and Invincible could also pose us problems so we have plenty to keep ourselves occupied with at the back.

The Killie game in May. Only Sutton remains...

Gannon has shown a willingness to adapt the line-up to counter whatever threats we are facing so it will be interesting to see what he comes up with. Craigan and Sutton were yanked at half time in Perth so they will have an anxious wait to see whether or not they are included. Slane will hope to be fit having missed out last time while Humphrey did well after coming off the bench. We have options but marshalling them into a coherent attacking force against an experienced SPL defence will not be easy.

Kilmarnock will be fellow strugglers in the bottom six this term so this is a good test for us. It is impossible to judge too much from one game but a win would set us up nicely for the challenges to come. Should we lose, particularly with a hard run coming up, it could be a long season despite our talented young team. In the event, we may have another chance to debate the issue come Saturday evening with nothing any clearer after another dramatic 2-2 draw.