First Team

Match Preview: Hamilton Accies v Hearts

3rd August 2018

All the info you'll need for attending Saturday's Ladbrokes Premiership opener away to Hamilton Accies

Hearts begin their 2018/19 Ladbrokes Premiership campaign with an away trip to Hamilton Accies on Saturday.

The Jambos head to the Hope CBD Stadium for a 3pm kick off and audio commentary will be broadcast live on HeartsTV from 2.45pm.

 

Ticket info

Hearts fans have been quick to snap up tickets for the season-opener, selling out the initial 2,200 allocation.

A limited amount of tickets are available to purchase via the club’s sales channels; online at Hearts eTickets, over the phone on 0333 1874 option 1 or in person at the Hearts Ticket Office.

Fans purchasing online or over the phone must be bale to collect their tickets from Tynecastle as the deadline for postage has now passed, and there will be no collections at the Hope CBD Stadium.

The Hearts Ticket Office will be open on Saturday for collections.

Tickets are priced at £22 for adults and £12 for Over 65 and Under 18s.

 

Travel info

Most of the major roadworks that have taken place over the past three years in the M74/M73/M8 Hamilton areas have been completed but fans should still allow extra travelling time as peak traffic periods.

 

Team news

Arnaud Djoum and Don Cowie have both returned to full training but Saturday’s game may have come around too quickly for either to be involved.

Michael Smith and Ben Garuccio have both struggled with injury, with manager Craig Levein hopeful at least one of them will be available for selection.

 

Previously

The Jambos have a good recent record against Accies, going unbeaten in the last eight.

Last season Hearts won both encounters in Hamilton. A 2-1 win in September, courtesy of Ross Callachan and Kyle Lafferty goals, with Rakish Bingham pulling one back for the hosts.

That was followed up with a 3-0 victory in January. Callachan continued his fine scoring form against Accies with the opener, before David Milinkovic and Dario Zanatta put the game to bed.

 

The opposition

Martin Canning’s side enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Betfred Cup campaign, winning one, losing one and drawing two games. Those results meant Accies finished third in a group containing Livingston, Airdrieonians, Annan Athletic and Berwick Rangers.

There has been plenty of transfer activity of the summer months after nine players left the club, including David Templeton, Ali Crawford, Lewis Ferguson and Kenny van der Weg.

They’ve been replaced by another nine; former Accies players Lennard Sowah and Ziggy Gordon have rejoined while Tom Taiwo moves from Falkirk.