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Preview: Kilmarnock vs. Motherwell - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Scottish Premiership clash between Kilmarnock and Motherwell, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Kilmarnock host Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday evening, hoping that the appointment of Tommy Wright as manager can kickstart a revival and move them away from danger.

Meanwhile, Motherwell, who won their previous visit to Rugby Park last season, could move five points clear of the bottom two with a victory.

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St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright pictured in January 2016© Reuters

Kilmarnock announced the appointment of Tommy Wright as their new manager this week, replacing Alex Dyer who was sacked at the end of last month after a run 10 defeats from 13 matches.

Wright, who left St Johnstone in May after seven years in charge, said that it was an "easy decision" to take the job at Rugby Park and believes that it is the "perfect time" for him to return to management.

The 57-year-old will have little time to prepare for his first game in charge against a Motherwell side who Kilmarnock have already beaten this campaign, winning 2-0 away from home in December.

Last weekend's 2-0 defeat to St Mirren was their fifth successive loss in the league and Wright hopes to make an immediate impact and end this poor run of form with a victory on Wednesday, that could move Killie above Motherwell into ninth, four points clear of the bottom two.

Graham Alexander, now in charge of Motherwell, pictured in September 2020© Reuters

Motherwell were unable to secure their third league win in a row as they lost 2-1 away to Celtic last weekend.

The Hoops survived a late scare from the Steelmen who, after pulling one back through midfielder Allan Campbell in the 66th minute, came close to finding an equaliser when Harry Smith's header was cleared off the line in added time.

That result was Motherwell's 11th defeat of the season and sees Graham Alexander's men remain in ninth place, just two points above the bottom two.

Prior to their defeat against Kilmarnock earlier this campaign, the Steelmen won both of their encounters with Killie last season, including a 1-0 away win in December 2019.

With an important match against basement club Hamilton coming up this weekend, a victory on Wednesday night would provide a massive boost for Alexander's side in their quest to avoid the drop.

Kilmarnock Scottish Premiership form: WLLLLL

Motherwell Scottish Premiership form: DDLWLL

Team News

Declan Gallagher in action for Motherwell on November 10, 2019© Reuters

Kilmarnock will be without key defensive duo Kirk Broadfoot (knee) and Stuart Findlay (ankle) who are both suffering with injuries, while left-back Calum Waters also remains out with a groin strain picked up in December.

Centre-back Zech Medley, on loan from Arsenal, and midfielder Gary Dicker could fill in once again at the heart of the defence with Brandon Haunstrup likely to keep his spot at left-back.

Motherwell centre-back Declan Gallagher as well as left-backs Liam Grimshaw (illness) and Nathan McGinley (head) are all unavailable for selection, while goalkeepers Scott Fox and Trevor Carson continue to recover from their long-term injuries.

Midfielder Mark O'Hara, who returned to the bench last weekend after missing the previous four matches, is in contention to start ahead of either Robbie Crawford or Liam Polworth.

Kilmarnock possible starting lineup:
Rogers; Millen, Dicker, Medley, Haunstrup; Power, Mulumbu, Tshibola; Burke, Kabamba, McKenzie

Motherwell possible starting lineup:
Kelly; O'Donnell, Mugabi, Lamie, Carroll; Campbell, Crawford, Maguire; Long, Cole, Watt

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We say: Kilmarnock 1-1 Motherwell

Both sides are hovering precariously above the relegation zone and know that a few more defeats could see them slip into the bottom two. With little to separate the two sides, we could see a draw played out on Wednesday evening.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
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· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
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· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
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· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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