'Fitness may be an issue': Journalists' predictions for Ross County v Hibs

Our online team try to predict the result from Wednesday's match as Hibs travel to Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 11:45 am

Craig Fowler: County have been in absolutely awful form of late and come into the match with the worst defensive record in the division. Hibs are hardly watertight at the back themselves and make the trip north having thrown away a two-goal cushion in their last encounter. They are still, however, in much better form than their hosts and have a stronger team. I can see this one going something like the recent St Mirren game, where Hibs don't play well but still manage to get a result. Prediction: Hibs win

Patrick McPartlin: Hibs were the better side for a lot of the home game with Kilmarnock, and given the effort against Motherwell and St Mirren in the same week, it was perhaps unsurprising that Hibs started to flag a bit towards the end and conceded a late equaliser. Jack Ross may shuffle his pack for the trip to Dingwall to freshen things up, but the Staggies will be looking for a positive home result after defeats on their own patch to Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers. I suspect Hibs will learn from the mistakes that allowed Killie back into the game on Saturday and leave Victoria Park with the points. Prediction: Hibs win

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Daryl Horgan celebrates after scoring against Ross County earlier in the season. Picture: SNS

Anthony Brown: Ross County are in poor form, while Hibs, despite their late setback against Kilmarnock on Saturday, are in good form and building momentum. In their last away match, without playing particularly well, the Edinburgh side triumphed despite being given a stern test from St Mirren. It is hard to imagine the dual scenario of Hibs, in their current vibe, playing as poorly as they did in Paisley and County being as competitive as Saints were. Prediction: Hibs win

Joel Sked: Hibs are on the up. Yes, there are still a fragility to the side, as seen against Kilmarnock as they once again threw away points. The equalising goal at Easter Road is not one the players will want to watch back with Killie players quite literally queuing up to finish. But the performances as a whole are steadily improving. Jason Naismith's goal epitomised that. Not only a bombastic finish but great build up play. Fitness may be an issue with the second consecutive midweek game. That being said, Ross County are not great. They haven't won in nine games and they are shipping goals left, right and centre. Prediction: Away win.

Neil McGlade: Hibs have looked far more of an attacking threat since the departure of Paul Heckingbottom and although they continue to concede more than their fair share, there is a belief they can outscore the opposition. Ross' side, despite relinquishing a two-goal lead, were very good against Kilmarnock. Given the Leith club hadn't won since the opening day under the previous regime, a ten-point return from 12 is a marked improvement. I reckon we're likely to see the likes of Martin Boyle and Stevie Mallan restored to the starting XI in Dingwall as Ross looks to freshen things up. County aren't in good form but will still make life difficult. Prediction: Draw