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
Looking at personnel, there is just one fitness concern for the Dunfermline Athletic gaffer Stevie Crawford to contend with from an otherwise complete group of players. Lewis Martin (Calf Injury) won’t play.
Team News: Hearts
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. John Souttar (Achilles tendon rupture) and Loïc Damour (Foot Injury) will not be playing here.
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.
What are the best odds for this match?
Checking out the betting prices for the game in the 90 min. result market, backing Dunfermline Athletic can be had for 5.1, a bet on a draw is 3.75 & taking a punt on the win for Hearts will get you 1.81. They are the best of the returns offered at present.