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Hearts visit East End Park on Friday for the Championship clash with hosts Dunfermline Athletic.
To see all of our predictions, user poll & stats for Dunfermline Athletic v Hearts, scroll down (plus the best game odds).
Dunfermline Athletic, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 3-2 League Cup success vs Clyde.
Three or more goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Dunfermline Athletic have taken part. Their opponents scored 6 times in these games while The Pars totted up 16.
Their past results show that Dunfermline Athletic:
- haven't won against Hearts in their last 11 league matches.
- are undefeated in their previous 4 league matches at home.
Hearts will go into the match following on from a 2-3 League Cup win with the downing of East Fife in their last fixture.
In a total of 5 out of the previous 6 clashes featuring Hearts, three or more goals have been hit. The average goals scored per match in that time is 4, with the average number of goals for Hearts equalling 2.83. We will have to see if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Going into this contest, Hearts haven't been beaten by Dunfermline Athletic in games played away from home for the previous 6 league matches. A very good record, indeed.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 02/01/2007 reveals that these encounters have been disappointments for Dunfermline Athletic. They have not managed to get any wins whatsoever while Hearts have simply been better than them, beating them in 83% of those matches played.
An aggregate of 15 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 3 from The Pars and 12 for The Jam Tarts. That is an average goals per game value of 2.5.
Team News: Dunfermline Athletic
There aren’t many selection issues, with just the sole fitness concern for the Dunfermline Athletic gaffer Stevie Crawford to be concerned with due to a largely intact group. Lewis Martin (Calf Injury) is sidelined.
Team News: Hearts
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has multiple availability issues to deal with. John Souttar (Achilles tendon rupture), Josh Ginnelly (Hamstring Injury) and Loïc Damour (Foot Injury) can’t be considered.
We’re of the view that Dunfermline Athletic must be fancied to find the net against this Hearts lineup, although just one goal possibly won’t be enough.
We’re therefore tipping a narrow 1-2 win for Hearts when the full-time whistle blows. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: East End Park (11,480)
Captain: Euan Murray
Chairman: Ross McArthur
Manager: Stevie Crawford
Competitions: Championship position 2, League Cup (Group E)
🔑 Star Man: Ryan Dow
Mostly used in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Ryan Dow was born in Dundee, Scotland. Having made his senior debut playing for Dundee United in the 2009 - 2010 season, the gifted Midfielder has netted 2 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 3 appearances.