St Mirren v Hibs team news and probable line-ups: Star attacker an injury doubt | stalwart set for return? | Porteous key to success
All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's match in Paisley
Hibs travel to St Mirren in the Ladbrokes Premiership looking for their third consecutive victory and to make it two wins from two under Jack Ross.
The new manager watched his side defeat Motherwell 3-1 at the weekend, a result which lifted the Easter Road club into the top six of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
A third win on the bounce would push them to within four points of a top four place and put the early-season struggles under Paul Heckingbottom firmly in the rear-view mirror.
Having kept the same starting XI for his first match, which followed on from the 4-1 triumph over St Johnstone, Ross may well stick with the same XI once again, though there is one injury issue which could enforce a change.
St Mirren team news: Kyle McAllister is in contention to start having returned from injury with an appearance from the bench against Ross County last time out. Kirk Broadfoot is expected to miss the game as he continues to rehab from an injury suffered in the 5-2 defeat at Hearts.
Probable St Mirren XI: Hladky; P McGinn, MacKenzie, McLoughlin, Waters; Magennis, Foley, Flynn, Durmus; Andreu, Obika.
Hibs team news: Florian Kamberi could be absent tonight after the stgriker's troublesome ankle problem flared up again on Saturday. He was replaced by Martin Boyle and it'll be up to Jack Ross whether he decides to risk the Swiss striker with a hectic festive period coming. David Gray remains out but Darren McGregor could come on to the bench having returned to full training last week.
Probable Hibs XI: Maxwell; Naismith, Porteous, Hanlon, Stevenson; Hallberg; Slivka, Newell; Allan; Doidge, Kamberi.
Key clash: The hosts don't have much in attack, but Jonathan Obika did impress against Ross County last time round and has been in decent form for Jim Goodwin's side lately. If he is able to impose his physical dominance on the Hibs back-line then the visitors will fancy their chances of getting something. If Ryan Porteous and company can keep the English striker quiet then there isn't a whole lot more Hibs will need to worry in terms of an attacking threat.
Last meeting: Hibs won thanks to a late Scott Allan goal on the opening day of the season. It would be their last league win under former boss Paul Heckingbottom.
Match details: Tuesday, 26th November. Simple Digital Arena, Paisley. Kick-off 7.45pm. According to the official website: "The Hibernian Ticket Office will stop selling tickets for tonight’s game at 5pm, with a limited supply there available on a first come, first served basis. St Mirren have confirmed that Hibernian supporters will be able to pay in on the night, with tickets available from their own ticket office." The game will not be broadcast live on St Mirren TV due to Uefa restrictions.
Referee: This is Alan Newlands' first match involving Hibs since the colts team was beaten by Elgin City in the Challenge Cup in August 2017. Otherwise, he's never officiated a Hibs game.
Odds: St Mirren 21/10 Draw 9/4 Hibs 13/10