Hearts will be visiting Gayfield Park on Friday for the Championship tie with home team Arbroath.
Our Arbroath v Hearts predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Arbroath will be looking for an improved result here following a 3-0 Championship losing effort in their last game against Raith Rovers.
Dan Armstrong (31'), Reghan Tumilty (36') and Regan Hendry (43') scored for Raith Rovers.
It has been seldom in recent times where Arbroath have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that The Red Lichties have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 8 goals during that time.
Coming into this contest, Arbroath are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
Hearts go into this meeting after a 6-2 Championship win versus Dundee in their previous game.
For Hearts, goals were scored by Michael Smith (4'), Josh Ginnelly (25'), Liam Boyce (34'), Stephen Kingsley (45', 84') and Andy Halliday (90'). Charlie Adam (27') and Danny Mullen (68') scored for Dundee.
In the course of their 6 previous matches, Robbie Neilson's Hearts have turned their attacks into goals 12 times thus giving them a goals scored per game average of 2.
Team News: Arbroath
Mark Whatley (Knock) and Colin Hamilton (Knock) aren’t available for Arbroath manager Dick Campbell. Thomas O'Brien will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: Hearts
Out of a mainly healthy squad, there is only a single fitness issue for the Hearts boss Robbie Neilson to be concerned about. John Souttar (Achilles tendon rupture) misses out for this game.
We’re of the view that Arbroath certainly have the ability to put one past this Hearts side, but one goal likely won’t be good enough.
Our tip is for both teams to score in a 1-2 winning margin for Hearts after 90 minutes. Let’s see what happens here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Gayfield Park (6,600)
Captain: Mark Whatley
Chairman: Mike Caird
Manager: Dick Campbell
Competitions: Championship position 9, League Cup (Group D)