'There are goals to be conceded': Journalists' predictions for Hibs v Motherwell
Our online team try to predict the result as Hibs welcome Motherwell in the Ladbrokes Premiership for what will be Jack Ross' first game as manager.
Craig Fowler: New manager, new era, new hope at Easter Road. Jack Ross takes charge of his first game as manager this Saturday, though he probably would've wished for an easier opponent. Motherwell aren't in terrific form recently, losing three of their last seven fixtures as they look to keep pace with Aberdeen in the hunt for third place, but those three defeats did come against the only three teams ahead of them in the table, while they managed to defeat the rest. They thumped Hibs in Lanarkshire earlier in the campaign and won on their last trip to Edinburgh. It should be an interesting contest and too close to call a winner. Prediction: Draw
Patrick McPartlin: Hibs looked like a different team last time out at St Johnstone, running riot thanks to Christian Doidge's hat-trick and a solo goal from Scott Allan. Motherwell present a different challenge, however, with some real attacking quality in their ranks and a strong defensive unit. They've only lost to Rangers and Celtic on the road this term although they haven't recorded a win at Easter Road since 2013. I think the new manager bounce, in front of a healthier crowd than Easter Road has seen in recent weeks, could propel Hibs to victory in Ross's first game in charge - and depending on other results, three point could result in the Hibees sitting in the top six come Saturday evening. Prediction: Hibs win
Mark Atkinson: I'm really looking forward to this match. Easter Road will be re-energised by the appointment of Ross and I expect the players, already buoyed by the 4-1 win over St Johnstone, will be desperate to prove their point. I can't see Ross making many changes to the team, so expect Hibs to go with two strikers and Allan just behind them. Motherwell, however, are an upgrade on St Johnstone - they have more pace in their team and their midfield trio of Allan Campbell, Liam Donnelly and Liam Polworth will put up more resistance than St Johnstone did. With Motherwell in such decent fettle, I can't predict a Hibs win here as I still think there are goals to be conceded by them, but I think it'll be an entertaining match and one that will provide plenty of action. Prediction: Hibs 2-2 Motherwell.
Neil McGlade: A new era begins in earnest with Ross taking charge of Hibs for the first time when Motherwell visit the Capital. He's not had an enormous amount of time to work with the squad since officially being unveiled on Monday so I'd expect minimal, if any, changes from the side that wiped the floor of St Johnstone a fortnight ago. It's important for any new manger at a club that they get off on the right foot, particularly at home. Motherwell will pose a difficult test, make no mistake about it, Stephen Robinson has them well drilled but the Steelmen can also play a bit too. Prediction: Draw
Anthony Brown: A few weeks ago, it would have been hard to make a case for Hibs winning this match. The dynamic has changed, however, on the back of Paul Heckingbottom’s sacking, a morale-boosting win at St Johnstone and the subsequent appointment of Ross, which has been widely acclaimed by players and supporters. With the air of gloom having been lifted, the new man can get his reign off to a winning start. Prediction: Hibs win