First Team

Match Preview: Dundee United v Hearts

27th August 2021

Hearts face Dundee United in Saturday’s cinch Premiership encounter.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the trip to Tannadice…

 

Form

The Jambos are unbeaten in the league this season with two win and a draw. In all competitions the record reads W6 D1 L1.

United have won two of their Premiership games, against Rangers and St Johnstone, and lost one, to Aberdeen. Their record in all competitions is identical to ours.

Defeat at Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup two weeks ago was Hearts’ first away loss since March, while United haven’t lost at home since May 1st.

 

Head to head

The last time the two sides met was on League Cup duty back in July 2019. Andy Irving cancelled out Lawrence Shankland’s opener, with the Jambos taking a bonus point at Tynecastle thanks to a penalty shootout victory.

You have to go back to February 2016 for the last Tanandice encounter. Jamie Walker got Hearts back on level terms after Guy Demel had opened the scoring, and Paul Paton’s 88th minute strike sealed a home win and all three points.

Hearts’ last triumph on United territory was earlier in that same season thanks to Juanma’s goal in a 1-0 October 2015 win.

 

Goals

With six goals to his name – two of which have come in the league - Liam Boyce is Hearts’ top scorer. In total, the boys in maroon have notched 15 goals in eight games.

The Terrors have scored 12 goals in eight games, a figure boosted by their 6-1 League Cup win over Elgin City, the only game in eight that they have scored more than once. Peter Pawlett is top scorer with three goals in all competitions, he and Jamie Robson have one apiece in the league.

 

Milestones

Boyce approaches a half century of appearances and quarter century of goals. He sits on 47 and 24 respectively. Euan Henderson is two appearances away from 50, Craig Halkett is three away from 75 while Michael Smith nears the 150 mark with 145 appearances under his belt.

 

What they said:

Tam Courts: “Hearts are unbeaten in the league so far and they will be looking to prolong that.

"Robbie is a former manager here, he’ll be looking to come back and claim the three points.

“It’s looking like we’ll have 10,000 here, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere and a mouth-watering prospect.

“It’s a testament to the players how much the fans have bought into the energy on the pitch.

“Winning games helps, of course, but I also think the fans can see the energy, organisation and togetherness we have on the pitch.

“The reaction when we scored last Sunday was incredible and I’d like to think we are creating some good occasions for the fans just now.”

 

Robbie Neilson: “Ben Woodburn is ready for selection. The guys that we’ve got in there did really well last week so we’ll make a decision on whether he starts or not.

“I’m expecting Armand Gnanduillet back in, which is great to have him in.

“Stephen Kingsley won’t make it for the weekend, so he’ll be out, but other than that we should be fine.”