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The Premiership meeting at Fir Park Stadium on Wednesday sees home team Motherwell welcoming opponents Hearts.
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Motherwell, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 0-1 Premiership victory over Ross County.
In that match, Motherwell had 38% possession and 9 shots on goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Motherwell was Kevin van Veen (68'). At the other end, Ross County got 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target.
It’s been all too rare in recent games where Motherwell have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Motherwell have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 10 goals during that time.
After a loss in their previous game against Celtic in Premiership action, Hearts and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Hearts managed 35% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Hearts was Ellis Simms (3'). On the other side, Celtic got 20 attempts at goal with 11 of them on target. Daizen Maeda (30'), Kyogo Furuhashi (37'), Matt O'Riley (69') and Giorgos Giakoumakis (90') scored for Celtic.
Hearts have been a threat going forward leading up to this encounter, scoring 10 goals in their previous 6 matches. While their manager Robbie Neilson will no doubt take that as a positive sign, Hearts have been somewhat leaky at the back, having also been scored against in 5 of those same clashes. That sort of pattern might not be carried forward into this match, of course.
Coming into this clash, Hearts haven't beaten Motherwell in games played away from home for the previous 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 14/09/2019 tells us that Motherwell have won 3 of them and Hearts 2, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
An aggregate of 14 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 7 of them for The Steelmen and 7 created by The Jam Tarts. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
Team News: Motherwell
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Motherwell boss Graham Alexander to contend with thanks to an otherwise robust squad. Barry Maguire (Torn muscle bundle) is out of contention.
Team News: Hearts
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has not got a full squad to pick from. Aaron McEneff (Knock), Craig Halkett (Ankle Injury) and Beni Baningime (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be making appearances.
In our view, Motherwell will have to perform well to breach the defence of this Hearts team who we reckon should get the vital goal that wins it.
We’re therefore seeing a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning score for Hearts when the referee blows for full-time.
There should be little in it.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Fir Park Stadium (13,677)
Captain: Stephen O'Donnell
Chairman: Jim McMahon
Manager: Graham Alexander
Competitions: Premiership position 6
⭐ Key Player: Kevin van Veen
Mostly used in the Striker position, Kevin van Veen was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Having made his senior debut playing for Helmond Sport in the 2010 - 2011 season, the talented Forward has scored a sum of 8 league goals in the Premiership 2021 - 2022 season to date from a total of 29 appearances.