Saturday sees a clash between two sides who were barely separated in last season’s final table, and it could be equally difficult to separate them on Saturday too.
Livingston finished two points above Hibs when COVID-19 halted the Scottish season in March, but they got their season off to the worst possible start, going down to a narrow one-goal defeat at St. Mirren.
They were perhaps a tad unlucky to come away from St. Mirren Park with nothing, but in truth, they failed to create sufficient clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.
Hibs, on the other hand, got off to the perfect start with a home win against Kilmarnock. Hibs looked excellent in the opening half-hour as they raced into a two-goal lead, but the concession of an absolute thunderbolt just before half time turned the tide in the game and the Edinburgh side were made to sweat in a tense second half.
Their performance will not have provided the springboard Jack Ross would have wanted to push Hibs towards successive victories and they might find the going tough on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton escaped the danger of a relegation dog fight last season thanks to coronavirus and points-per-game but, based on their opening day performance, they will have to live through it all over again this season.
For any club that isn’t Rangers, losing heavily at Celtic is not exactly a shock, but the nature of the goals Hamilton conceded will be a particular cause for concern.
They will need a serious improvement for their first home game of the season against Ross County, who incidentally finished one place and two points above them last season.
The Staggies got off to a dream start on Monday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Motherwell and now have the opportunity to put real daylight between themselves and Hamilton, even at this early stage.
If Hamilton’s defending is anything to go by, Ross County should have no problem finding the back of the net on Saturday, and they looked stubborn enough at the back to cope with Hamilton going forward.
Dundee passed up a golden opportunity to mark their return to the Premiership with a win last week but couldn’t hold their nerve against a 10-man St. Johnstone and it could be a sign of things to come for the newly-promoted side.
They now must travel to a Motherwell side that will doubtlessly be chomping at the bit to make amends for last Monday’s surprise defeat to Ross County and it’s hard to see them coming away with anything.
Motherwell finished the shorted season in third-place and they simply must beat the likes of Dundee at home if they wish to replicate that feat.
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