Scottish Premiership briefing

  • Last Updated: March 8 2014, 15:16 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the weekend's action in the Scottish Premiership.

Kilmarnock face Hearts on Saturday
Kilmarnock face Hearts on Saturday

Saturday, March 8

Hibernian v Motherwell

Hibernian midfielder Tom Taiwo is suspended, while on-loan Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore will miss out again as he battles back from a foot injury. Midfielders Scott Robertson (knee) and Owain Tudur Jones (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

Motherwell will give left-backs Steven Hammell and Zaine Francis-Angol as long as possible to overcome hamstring injuries. Euan Murray replaced Francis-Angol against Hearts last weekend and could deputise again. Craig Moore returns following a rib injury but right-backs Fraser Kerr (ankle) and Simon Ramsden (knee) remain out along with midfielder Paul Lawson (knee) and striker Henri Anier (shin).

Last season: Motherwell 4 Hibernian 1, Hibernian 2 Motherwell 3 Motherwell 0 Hibernian 4

Last five league matches: Hibernian L L W D L; Motherwell D W L L W

Top goalscorers (all competitions): Liam Craig (Hibernian) 9; John Sutton (Motherwell) 14

Referee: Steven McLean

Our verdict: Hibernian 0 Mothwell 1

Kilmarnock v Hearts

Kilmarnock midfielder Sammy Clingan has been ruled out for six weeks. Clingan had to pull out of the Northern Ireland squad for Wednesday's friendly with Cyprus after he was injured by St Mirren defender Sean Kelly's robust tackle last weekend. He has now been ruled out for a month and a half, joining full-back Sean Clohessy (ankle) and Darren Barr (hip) on the absentee list.

Hearts manager Gary Locke has no fresh injury concerns. Preparation for the match has been less than ideal for the Edinburgh side, who had Jordan McGhee, Callum Paterson, Gary Oliver and Sam Nicholson away on international duty in midweek, but all came through their Scotland youth fixtures unscathed. Midfielders Callum Tapping (knee), David Smith (knee) and Jamie Walker (foot) remain out.

Last season: Kilmarnock 0 Hearts 1, Hearts 0 Kilmarnock 3 Kilmarnock 1 Hearts 0, Hearts 1 Kilmarnock 3

Last five league matches: Kilmarnock L D L D L; Hearts W W D L L

Top goalscorers (all competitions): Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) 16; Jamie Hamill & Callum Paterson (Hearts) 7

Referee: Euan Norris

Our verdict: Kilmarnock 2 Hearts 0

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