First Team

Match Preview: Aberdeen (H)

28th February 2022

Midweek action returns to Tynecastle tonight, as we welcome Aberdeen to Edinburgh for a fight beneath the Gorgie lights. It’s matchday 29 in the cinch Premiership: and if recent history against the Dons is anything to go by, then we’re in for a cracker.

Form Guide:

Jim Goodwin has been tasked with rejuvenating Aberdeen following Stephen Glass's Pittodrie exit. It’s been a below average season for the Dons, who sit in ninth place on 32 points in the table at time of writing, but the Irishman’s arrival has so far seen Aberdeen collect two points from two draws – and will be hungry to get their first three under the new manager at Tynecastle on Wednesday night.
 
Hearts got back to winning ways last Saturday with a comfortable 2-0 win over St. Mirren in Paisley: Ellis Simms and Cammy Devlin notching for the Jam Tarts as Robbie Neilson’s men slammed into top form once again to take home the points. With key players returning to the fray; Craig Gordon, Craig Halkett and Liam Boyce, the JTs put in a controlled performance that sent them back to Gorgie as deserved winners.

Heart of Midlothian: 

Matches Played: 28
Won: 13
Draw: 7
Loss: 8

Aberdeen:

Matches Played: 28
Won: 8
Draw: 8
Loss: 12

A memorable moment: Hearts 1-0 Aberdeen - 9 January 2016

Callum Paterson was the hero at Tynecastle in this clash back in 2016...

 

This is our story...


Total Meetings: 325
First Meeting: Monday 28 September 1903, Aberdeen 0-2 Heart of Midlothian
Biggest Win: Saturday 12 December 1964, Heart of Midlothian 6-3 Aberdeen

Did you know, that statistically, this is one of the most closely contested fixtures in Hearts' history? Both HMFC and AFC both hold impressive records, albeit Hearts have slightly more wins under the belt. 

  • Hearts wins: 126
  • Aberdeen wins: 117
  • Draws: 81
  • Hearts win %: 38.77%

What's Robbie said?

"We had a period of three weeks where we weren’t at the level we’ve usually been at. We got a good performance and result on Saturday which sets us up nicely for midweek.

“From our perspective, we’re at home in front of a Hearts crowd and we’re confident we can get a win. Jim {Goodwin} has come in to Aberdeen and changed things to a back four which is what St. Mirren traditionally played over his time there.

“Michael Smith is a bit away yet. His back flared up again so he could be two weeks, might be six. We need to let it settle down, then we’ll see where we are.

“Everyone else is ok: they came through Saturday and all trained this morning. Should have an otherwise full squad to pick from.”

Snap from the past: Back to 1985

Robbo goes up against Dons hero Willie Miller, in this snap from a Scottish Cup clash at Tynecastle in 1985.