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The Championship meeting at Stark's Park on Friday sees home team Raith Rovers play against Hearts.
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Raith Rovers will be hoping to bounce back here following a 2-1 Championship defeat last time out to Dundee.
The only player to score from Raith Rovers was Kyle Benedictus (88'). Jason Cummings (13') and Liam Fontaine (34') scored for Dundee.
Three or more goals per match were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Raith Rovers have participated. Their opponents scored 8 of them in these games whereas The Rovers bagged a total of 12.
Going into this contest, Raith Rovers are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
Hearts head into the game following on from a 3-0 Championship win with the defeat of Inverness C.T. in their most recent outing.
For Hearts, the goalscorers were Gary Mackay-Steven (6', 31') and Aaron McEneff (9').
A series of resolute displays by the Hearts defensive players has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 3 from their last 6 clashes in total. In that period, their own attack force has managed to score 11. Such a pattern might not be sustained into this match, of course.
Their prior results show that Hearts:
- remain unbeaten by Raith Rovers when they've played them away from home in the last 8 matches in the league. What an away run they have had against them.
- are undefeated in their last 8 league matches away from home. They really have been good on their travels.
- are without a win away from home in their last 5 league games.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 22/01/2017 shows that Raith Rovers have won 1 of them and Hearts 3, with the tally of draws being 2.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 23 in all at an average of 3.83 goals per meeting.
The last league encounter between these sides was Championship match day 8 on 26/01/2021 and the score finished Raith Rovers 0-4 Hearts.
The match was refereed by Euan Anderson.
Team News: Raith Rovers
Ross Matthews (Achilles tendon problems), Frankie Musonda (Knee Injury) and David McKay (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) won’t be available for Raith gaffer John McGlynn.
Team News: Hearts
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has multiple availability issues to deal with. Jamie Brandon (Cruciate Ligament Surgery), Stephen Kingsley (Groin Injury) and Josh Ginnelly (Achilles tendon surgery) can’t be considered.
We’ve got the feeling that Raith Rovers might well have a job on their hands to find the net against this Hearts outfit who we reckon will score & stay on top.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a highly competitive game with a 0-1 win for Hearts at the end of the 90.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stark's Park (8,867)
Captain: Kyle Benedictus
Chairman: John Sim
Manager: John McGlynn
Competitions: Championship position 2
⭐ Star Man: Dan Armstrong
Usually used in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Dan Armstrong was born in Scotland. After having made a senior debut playing for Raith Rovers in the 2020 - 2021 season, the skilful Midfielder has netted 6 league goals in this Championship 2020 - 2021 season so far in a total of 25 appearances.