First Team

Match Preview | Aberdeen

18th September 2015

A look ahead to this afternoon's clash with Aberdeen.

Hearts welcome league leaders Aberdeen to Gorgie this afternoon for a highly anticipated clash before a sell-out Tynecastle crowd.

The Dons come in search of their first win in Gorgie since 2010, having defeated the Jambos just once in their last 14 meetings.

The visitors will be full of confidence, however, having won every league game so far this season. Hearts, meanwhile, will be looking to return to winning ways following two straight defeats on the road.

The boys in maroon have been a force to be reckoned with at Tynecastle, however, having won ten and drawn one of their last 11 matches - whilst firing in no less than 37 goals. The old ground will no doubt be rocking come 2.15pm for what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

LAST 5 vs DONS AT TYNECASTLE

13.08.11

Hearts 3-0 Aberdeen (Novikovas, Sutton x2)

31.03.12

Hearts 3-0 Aberdeen (R.McGowan, Skacel x2)

08.12.12

Hearts 2-0 Aberdeen (Stevenson, Paterson)

24.08.13

Hearts 2-1 Aberdeen (Walker, McGhee)

02.04.14

Hearts 1-1 Aberdeen (Hamill)

Live Coverage

This fixture has been sold out for several weeks, but there are still plenty of ways to catch the action. The match is live on Sky Sports and is also available to Hearts TV international subscribers.

UK customers can tune into live Hearts TV audio commentary from 2pm, where Laurie Dunsire and Jimmy Sandison will call the action. You can also follow @JamTarts on twitter for minute-by-minute updates from Tynecastle.

Robbie’s thoughts

Head Coach Robbie Neilson has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of the Dons, with Jamie Walker having trained all week alongside the likes of the fit again Blazej Augustyn and Miguel Pallardo. Speaking to the press at Tynecastle on Friday, Robbie said:

“They’ve got a good squad and manager and are absolutely flying at the moment. But we’ve made a decent start too; five wins out of seven is not bad for a team that’s just been promoted.”

“We’re ready, we’ve had a good week’s training and everyone’s fit and ready to go. Tynecaste’s a difficult place to come to, we haven’t lost a lot of games here during my time and we’re looking to carry that on in front of another sell-out crowd.”

Opposition view

Aberdeen's Kenny McLean admits he and his teammates are high on confidence, but knows they'll have to be at their best in order to take something from today's game.

Speaking ahead of the Tynecastle clash, he told the media: "It's never going to be easy. Hearts have had some good results and are playing nice football. It will be a great game and we will take a good crowd down.

"I'm sure Hearts will want to be the first team to take something off us."