PODCAST: Hibs and Hearts set for rebuilding process – Scottish football preview

Hearts are still waiting on the appointment of their new manager having recently sacked Craig Levein due to an incredibly poor start to the season and travel to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Angelo Alessio’s Kilmarnock sit fifth in the SPL whereas Hearts are down at ninth – only three points off bottom spot. Beating Kilmarnock away from home will not be easy, however, Hearts may be playing them at the perfect time – Killie are in the middle of some poor form, whereas Hearts have won their last game. The reverse fixture that took place in October saw Hearts get beat by Kilmarnock 1-0 in Edinburgh, so the Jam Tarts will be looking for revenge. Hearts striker, Steven Naismith, has impressed during international duty for Scotland and he will be hoping to get on the score sheet on Saturday.

 

After sacking Levein, it is uncertain who is going to take over. Assistant coach, Angus McPhee is currently at the helm as interim manager, although there is no set boss for now, there is no doubt the team going to Rugby Park will give everything to push themselves away from the relegation zone.

This will be a close encounter – both teams needing three points but with the risk of losing all three at the same time. Regardless of their positions in the table, these are two even sides and will make for a good match up. I predict KILMARNOCK 1-1 HEARTS – A result the Jambos would definitely be happy before heading into the busy Christmas fixture list.

Hibernian, meanwhile, face Motherwell at Easter Road. They currently sit eighth in the league table, with Motherwell in fourth place with nearly double the amount of points.

Both teams have had big news in the last week or so: Hibernian have recently appointed new manager Jack Ross, The ex-Sunderland manager was appointed last week to the role and will be looking to make a big impact in his first game in charge this Saturday. As for Motherwell, head coach Donald Jennow, stepped down from his role a few days ago leaving a hole in the backroom staff ahead of their journey to Edinburgh.

This will be a close affair, no one really knows how Hibs will preform in their first game under Ross, however, it will surely be an improvement compared to previous results. Motherwell have asserted themselves as a hard team to beat in the Scottish Premiership – even for Rangers and Celtic. A win for Motherwell could put them third if Aberdeen lose to St Johnstone at the weekend.

If there is an early goal at Easter Road, the game will open right up with both teams desperate to push themselves up the table. Jack Ross could be the momentum shift the Hibees have been waiting for some time now. I predict HIBERNIAN 3-1 MOTHERWELL – if Ross has a positive start, who knows where Hibs could finish this season.

We also discuss both games as well as the current managerial situation at the Edinburgh clubs in this weeks Scottish Football podcast:

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