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The Championship fixture at East End Park on Saturday will see hosts Dunfermline Athletic do battle with Hearts.
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Dunfermline Athletic will be hoping for a better result following the 5-1 Championship loss in their previous game against Raith Rovers.
The only player to score from Dunfermline Athletic was Kevin O'Hara (22'). Regan Hendry (17'), Lewis Vaughan (31', 40') and Jamie Gullan (48', 76') scored for Raith Rovers.
It has been seldom in recent times that Dunfermline Athletic have shown defensive steel. In fact, The Pars have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 11 goals on the way.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Queen Of The South in Championship competition, Hearts and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
For Hearts, the scorers were Mihai Popescu (34'), Armand Gnanduillet (72') and Andy Irving (82' Own goal). Connor Shields (2', 22') scored for Queen Of The South.
In the course of their six most recent matches, Robbie Neilson's Hearts have found the back of the net 8 times - earning them a goals per game average of 1.33.
Taking a look at their past results, Hearts:
- are undefeated in their last 6 league matches away from home.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 3 league games.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 17/12/2011 shows that Dunfermline Athletic have won 1 of them & Hearts 4, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
A combined sum of 16 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 5 from The Pars and 11 coming from The Jam Tarts. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The last league game between the two was Championship match day 12 on 30/01/2021 when it finished Hearts 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic.
The match was refereed by Willie Collum.
Team News: Dunfermline Athletic
Lewis Martin (Calf Injury), Ryan Dow (torn tendon) and Paul Watson (Knock) will not be able to play for Dunfermline gaffer Stevie Crawford.
Team News: Hearts
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has not got a full squad to pick from. John Souttar (Achilles tendon rupture), Steven Naismith (Calf Injury), Josh Ginnelly (Achilles tendon surgery), Stephen Kingsley (Groin Injury) and Jamie Brandon (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) can’t be considered.
Our feeling is that Dunfermline Athletic will have to perform well to see themselves scoring against this Hearts outfit who should do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
We’ve gone for a very even contest with a 0-1 victory for Hearts when the referee blows for full-time.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 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 4
⭐ Key Man: Kevin O'Hara
Normally played in the Striker position, Kevin O'Hara was born in Stirling, Scotland. After having played his first senior match for Falkirk in the 2014 - 2015 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored 5 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 17 appearances.