Dundee United v Hibs: team news, starting XI, odds, how to watch

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Hibs travel to Tayside on Saturday to take on Dundee United as the Easter Road aim to get back to winning ways after the midweek home defeat by Rangers.

Much of the pre-match discussion has centred on transfer interest in Ryan Porteous and Kevin Nisbet but as things stand the pair will be included in the match day squad.

Aberdeen travel to Livingston tomorrow and whatever the outcome of that meeting, three points would be ideal for the Capital club.

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A Hibs win combined with Aberdeen losing would likely propel the Easter Road side into third on goal difference and keep the five-point gap between themselves and Livingston, while a Hibs win combined with a Dons victory would help extend that gap.

Christian Doidge competes with Mark Reynolds during the last meeting between the two sidesChristian Doidge competes with Mark Reynolds during the last meeting between the two sides
Christian Doidge competes with Mark Reynolds during the last meeting between the two sides

Ultimately a draw would seem to be the best outcome for Hibs.

Team news: Jack Ross has virtually a full squad to choose from and has been boosted by the return of Joe Newell to full training. It remains to be seen if the midfielder is fit to feature in the City of Discovery but Hibs are well-stocked in central midfield regardless with Kyle Magennis and Scott Allan back in action. Jamie Murphy is eligible to feature after missing the game against his parent club in midweek.

Possible line-up (3-4-1-2): Marciano; P McGinn, Porteous, McGregor; Cadden, Hallberg, Irvine, Doig; Murphy; Doidge, Nisbet. Subs from: Macey, Gray, Hanlon, Stevenson, Magennis, Gogic, Mallan, Boyle, Wright, Allan, Bradley, Gullan.

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Match details: Saturday January 30; kick-off 3.00pm, Tannadice Park, Dundee

How to watch: The hosts are providing a pay-per-view stream of the match – details here.

Key stat: The Terrors are on a six-game winless run and have conceded eight goals in their last three home games. There hasn't been a goalless draw in the league between the two teams since August 2007 – and yes, Lewis Stevenson was in the Hibs team for that fixture.

Referee: Gavin Duncan is the man in the middle for this encounter. His last match involving Hibs was, coincidentally, the 1-1 draw at home to Dundee United in December in which Kyle Magennis scored his first goal in green and white. He will be assisted by Frank Connor and Andy Milne, with John Beaton appointed as fourth official.

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Match odds: Dundee United 7/2 Draw 14/5 Hibs 3/4 (odds supplied by McBookie).

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