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Nov 24, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at Victoria Park
Ross CountyRoss County
1-0
HibernianHibernian
Spittal (72')
Randall (36'), Tillson (44')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Nisbet (16')
Doidge (84'), Boyle (90+5')

Preview: Ross County vs. Hibernian - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash between Ross County and Hibernian, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

After winning their first game of the season in midweek, Ross County will be attempting to continue their momentum on Saturday as they attempt to lift off the foot of the table.

Hibernian will travel to face the Staggies as they attempt to get their season back on track after suffering four defeats in a row.


Match preview

Hibernian manager Jack Ross pictured in May 2021© Reuters

It has been a tough season for Ross County so far, which is why they find themselves bottom of the league after 10 games without a win at the start of the campaign.

However, that run was brought to an end in midweek during a crucial six-pointer against Dundee, who sit just one place above them, as the Staggies earned their first victory in style.

Malky Mackay's team were in fine form on Wednesday, defeating their opponents 5-0 in a game that featured a first-half domination as they scored four times to put the game to bed.

It was a crucial three points for Ross County which kept them in close distance with the teams above them, being just a point behind the Dark Blues and only four away from St Johnstone and safety.

The club shall now be looking to continue with that momentum on Saturday as another positive result would continue to place pressure on those nearby.

Hibernian's Martin Boyle pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Hibernian are also in a desperate need of three points, though, as they have hit a difficult period of the season for them, having lost four games in a row.

The club have only lost that many matches throughout the entire league campaign, but they have all come at once which has now placed pressure upon Jack Ross.

The fact that the Hibees have been defeated by teams all around them hasn't helped the situation as they have now dropped to fifth in the table and they could fall as low as eighth with another defeat on Saturday.

On Wednesday they faced Celtic and ended up being blown away within the first 30 minutes, conceding three goals and while Martin Boyle found the back of the net before halftime, they were not able to get back into the fixture, losing 3-1.

Ross will now be hoping his team can channel the same performance they put in against Ross County earlier this season when they defeated them 3-0.

Ross County Scottish Premiership form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W

Ross County form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W

Hibernian Scottish Premiership form:
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Hibernian form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L



Team News

Hibernian manager Jack Ross pictured in October 2020© Reuters

After winning on Wednesday, it is unlikely that Ross County will look to shuffle the pack too much and there could be an unchanged XI named on Saturday.

Joseph Hungbo rewarded his manager for keeping him in the team by scoring during the 5-0 victory against Dundee, while Regan Charles-Cook will look to continue from the brace he was able to secure in that fixture.

Hibernian welcomed Ryan Porteous back into the defence for the defeat against Celtic and he is set to retain his place in the team, while Alex Gogic also returned to the team on Wednesday.

Boyle and Kevin Nisbet are set to continue being the main point of attack for the Hibees, with the two men having proven their eye for goal throughout the season so far.

Ross County possible starting lineup:
Maynard-Brewer; Clarke, Baldwin, Lacovitti, Randall; Paton, Tillson; Charles-Cook, Callachan, Hungbo; White

Hibernian possible starting lineup:
Macey; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon, Doig; Boyle, Doyle-Hayes, Gogic, Newell, Murphy; Nisbet


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We say: Ross County 2-1 Hibernian

Neither team is in brilliant form overall, but considering Ross County are coming into this fixture having just won their first game of the season, there will no doubt be plenty of confidence for the squad.

That is something that will likely be seen on Saturday, which is why they could end up taking all three points and making the most of Hibernian's poor run.



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How you voted: Ross County vs Hibernian

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Draw
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