Heart of Midlothian v Hamilton Academical match preview and betting tips



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Heart of Midlothian’s push for a top-three finish in this season’s Scottish Premiership has faltered and with the Jambos’ place in the top-half of the table all-but-assured, they can relax somewhat in the knowledge that in many respects their season is effectively over.

Ian Cathro’s men sit some eight points behind third-placed Rangers and whilst they could realistically close that gap, given their recent performances we don’t believe that this is likely to happen.

The Jambos impressed at the beginning of February with back-to-back wins over Rangers and Motherwell however they collected just a single point from their subsequent three Premiership outings and head into this match on the back of two successive defeats to Partick Thistle and Ross County.

Cathro will be demanding a much improved performance when his side welcome Hamilton Academical to Tynecastle Stadium this weekend and we believe that the hosts will secure the three points with relative ease. The manner in which the Accies capitulated to Rangers in the Scottish Cup last weekend with a 6-o thrashing at Ibrox would suggest that they won’t get anything from their trip to the capital. Indeed whilst Hamilton grabbed themselves a potential lifeline thanks to a 1-0 win over Aberdeen last week, this was one of only two wins since October and we don’t envisage them getting a third on Saturday afternoon.

Accies have managed just a solitary goal in their last four outings and whilst Hearts have been less-than-solid in defence over recent weeks, we don’t envisage the home side being too troubled by the visitors at Tynecastle.

Our tip: Back Hearts to win-to-nil at 15/8 with Paddy Power.

 

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