Last updated : 22 October 2004 By Brian Murray
Three defeats in the last four league matches may have punctured Killie's early season promise, but they are still very much in touch with the European challengers. A victory over struggling Inverness Caledonian Thistle is vital if Kilmarnock are going to remain in this group.

Indeed, with three winnable games in the space of a week, the dip in form in the last few weeks could be long forgotten.

Home fans will look for the team to return to the sort of form whch created a hatful of chances against Dundee United, and will hope to see Allan Johnston and Danny Invincibile hurt the opposition defences. Caley have struggled to score goals, and hopefully this will encourage the home midfield to support the strikers.

This match is the Highlanders first visit to Rugby Park on league business, having previously been knocked out of a contentious cup tie, and it is unlikely to be a more satisfying return journey this time.

Anything less than three points could lead to Jim Jefferies re-examining his attacking policy and take a leaf out of Hearts's book and look to strength rather than flair in his outlook.