Kilmarnock are fourth in the Scottish Premiership and their hopes of European football next season are on the slide. They need three points from this game at home to a Motherwell side who are eighth in the table.
Kilmarnock have had a good season and until late even had an outside chance of winning the Scottish Premiership. Those hopes have died now as they ended the weekend 14 points behind leaders Celtic.
They’d been on a run of 11 league games with only one defeat by Celtic but they will be glad to see the back of February. Four league games have produced one draw and three defeats. They also lost 5-0 at Rangers in the Scottish Cup as their season took a downward turn.
All that seems left for them now is to try and get into third place and secure Europa League football. They are four points behind Aberdeen, who host relegation-threatened Hamilton the same night as this game. With a trip to bottom of the table St Mirren at the weekend, Kilmarnock will hope this is the week when their form starts to pick up.
Kilmarnock had won five league games in succession but have lost the last two to Hearts and Celtic. They are 10/11 (1.91) at Betfred to win this game against Motherwell and boost those Europa League qualification hopes.
Motherwell are eighth in the Scottish Premiership but 18 points above the relegation places. Their main aim is to be in the top six when the league split takes place. Motherwell are 8/1 (9.0) to finish the season in the top six.
They are currently two points behind sixth placed Hibs but with a game in hand. It’s a position they didn’t expect to be in a few weeks ago as a relegation battle was more likely. However, Motherwell had won six successive league games before a 4-1 defeat at Celtic on Sunday.
Four of their last six away league games have been won. The other two matches were both losses to dominant (at least in Scotland) Celtic. It’s 15/4 (4.75) on them getting back into winnings ways with victory over Kilmarnock.
Kilmarnock have won their last four games against Motherwell. The last home game against Motherwell was won 3-1 after going a goal down in the first half. It’s 12/1 (13.0) that Kilmarnock come from behind to win this game. However, Motherwell have won four of their last six away games against Kilmarnock.
Kilmarnock v Motherwell Team News
Motherwell have injury worries over both Tom Aldred and Carl McHugh who both had to be taken off during their game against Celtic on Sunday.
Kilmarnock Goal Drought
Kilmarnock have almost forgotten what it’s like to score a goal. They have failed to score in their last four league and cup games. It’s 1/4 (1.25) at William Hill for them to score in this match.
Motherwell To Score
Whereas Kilmarnock are struggling for goals, that’s not the case with Motherwell. They have scored in each of their last five away league games and are 7/10 (1.7) with SportingBet to get on the score sheet.
Over 2.5 Goals?
Six of the last eight Kilmarnock home league games have produced over 2.5 goals. For Motherwell, five of the last six away league matches have seen over 2.5 goals scored. You can get odds of 6/5 (2.2) on there being at least three goals scored in this match.
Kilmarnock are in poor form and wondering where the next goal is going to come from. Motherwell had won six straight league games until another defeat by Celtic on Sunday. They have decent away form though and can continue their push for a top six finish. A good bet looks to be a double chance bet on Motherwell to win or draw this match. The odds of that are evens (2.0) at Bet365.