Hearts will look to bounce back from their recent defeat this weekend when they return to their home ground to face Hamilton. Hearts head into matchday four sat down in eleventh place after losing two of their first three games alongside one draw. Their opponents have not fared much better with them sat up in ninth place. The last time these sides met at Tynecastle, Hearts secured the three points with a 2-0 win.
Craig Levein will be disappointed with his side’s slow start to the new season, with them securing just a single point from three games. Hearts’ single point came from a dull 0-0 draw against Ross County on the opening game of the season. Following this fixture, Hearts faced Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup where they picked up a narrow 2-1 win. However, Craig Levein’s men could not build on their win in their following game against Celtic, who beat them 3-1 in Glasgow.
Unlike their opponents, Hamilton have secured a win this season, but with the other two fixtures ending in defeats they also find themselves down at the wrong end of the table. The opening game of the season saw Hamilton suffer a heavy 3-0 loss to Ross County, however, they managed to bounce back and secure three points against Kilmarnock after beating them 2-0. Brian Rice’s men then faced Kilmarnock once again in the following game in the Scottish League Cup and lost 1-0. Last time out, Hamilton took on Motherwell and suffered a 3-1 defeat.
Hearts may not be in the best of form, but with the home advantage on their side we fancy Hearts to dominate both halves.
Hearts have failed to keep a clean sheet in four of their last five games played, whilst scoring in all four also.
Both sides have been struggling defensively with 12 goals conceded between them this season and we expect to see multiple goals in this one.
Hearts have dominated this clash in the past, winning 14 of the 21 meetings whilst losing just 4.
Hearts are yet to score a goal whilst playing at home this season.
Craig Levein has several injuries to deal with ahead of this fixture which includes Benjamin Garuccio, Peter Haring, Jamie Walker, Craig Wighton, John Souttar, Steven Naismith and Joel Pereira. Hearts lined up in a 4-3-3 last time out against Celtic and we expect to see the same set-up on Saturday against Hamilton. Conor Washington should start after scoring his side’s only goal against Celtic.
Unlike their opponents, Hamilton have a fully fit side to take on Hearts on Saturday, which could be the boost they need to secure the three points. Hamilton switched from a 4-4-2 formation to a 4-2-3-1 when they faced Motherwell and we expect them to stick with the 4-4-2 on Saturday.
We should see both Cunningham and Oakley starting the game upfront despite their lack of goals this season, with Gogic and MacKinnon in the centre of the park.