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St Mirren 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

Saturday 28th September 2019, KO 15:00 | Ladbrokes Premiership | The Simple Digital Arena

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There should be no changes to the Hearts squad following the penalty win over Aberdeen through the week.
 
However, there could be some rotation given this is the third game in seven days – with the game against the Dons going to extra time and penalties.
 
John Souttar (ankle) nears a return, alongside Steven Naismith (hamstring), Peter Haring (pelvic), Jamie Walker (leg) and Ben Garuccio (knee).

Conor Washington (hamstring) and Craig Wighton (knee) remain long-term absentees.
 
St Mirren’s biggest problem remains the fate of Kyle McAllister, who could face disciplinary action after he caught Hamilton defender Scott McCann in the face with his studs last weekend.
 
After tussling for the ball near the sideline, winger McAllister caught the defender as he was stumbled backwards. The former Derby-man was booked at the time, but the incident has now been looked at by the SFA Compliance Officer.
 
Gary MacKenzie missed last week’s visit of Hamilton Accies with concussion and it is unknown when the centre-back will return. The Buddies only other injury is Cody Cooke, who remains out long-term with a knee injury.

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The Jambos made it two wins from two on Wednesday night as they booked their place in the Betfred Cup semi-final.
 
After winning their first league game of the season at the weekend, they followed it up with a penalty win over Aberdeen.
 
Despite two Sam Cosgrove penalties during the 90 minutes, the Dons missed every single one of their spot-kicks whilst Glenn Whelan, Michael Smith and Aidan Keena all buried their efforts.
 
St Mirren currently sit 10th in the league table, just one point behind the Jambos, having not won since the second league game of the season.
 
After defeating Aberdeen 1-0 in a surprise win, they’ve lost three times and drawn once.
 
Every defeat so far has been a one-goal loss, and the draw came last weekend in a stalemate against Hamilton Accies.

Head-to-Head

Overall the Jambos have a stronger record against the Buddies, but you have to go all the way back to 2012 for an away win in Paisley.
 
That came in a Scottish Cup Quarter Final replay as the Jambos went on to lift the Cup. Goals from Rudi Skacel – who else – and Jamie Hamill secured passage to the semis with a 2-0 win.
 
The last league win goes back to 2010, which was also a 2-0 win. This time, the goals from David Templeton and a Kevin Kyle penalty.