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Match Preview: Partick Thistle

21st August 2015

A look ahead to tomorrow's Ladbrokes Premiership match against Partick Thistle.

Hearts welcome Partick Thistle to Tynecastle on Saturday afternoon as they look to continue their 100 per cent start to the season.

Victories over St Johnstone, Dundee, Motherwell and Ross County have put the Jambos top of the league and Robbie Neilson’s men will be looking to make it five wins out of five when the Glasgow side come to Gorgie for Saturday's 3pm kick off.

The visitors come in search of their first win of the season, having drawn three and lost one in their opening four fixtures.  They’ll no doubt prove a formidable opponent for the boys in maroon, who will once again be backed by a sold out Tynecastle crowd.

The Jags ran out 4-2 winners during their last visit to Tynecastle in May last year. Saturday’s visit marks the return of former Jambo Ryan Stevenson, who scored twice in Hearts’ 4-2 win at Firhill in April 2014.

Last 5 vs The Jags

25.02.06: Hearts 2-1 Partick (Jankauskas, Cesnauskis) – Scottish Cup QF

16.08.13: Partick 1-1 Hearts (Walker)

05.01.14: Hearts 0-2 Partick

05.04.14: Partick 2-4 Hearts (Carrick, B.King, Stevenson x 2)

07.05.14: Hearts 2-4 Partick (Paterson, Wilson)

Robbie’s thoughts

Speaking to the press at Tynecastle on Friday, Robbie Neilson was adament that Partick will pose a real threat to his in-form side.

“They’re a strong team, they’ve had three draws plus a defeat to Celtic. I watched that game and thought they played very well for periods of it.

“I think Alan (Archibald) has secured them as a top flight side and whilst the building job will take time, I think they’re headed in the right direction in the long term.”

View from the opposition

Jags Manager Alan Archibald is aware of the feel-good factor at Tynecastle these days, but is none the less looking forward to taking on the league leaders in front of a packed crowd.

“Hearts are in full flow, they are flying. Everything at that club at the moment is going well on and off the park. They have strengthened really well and look ever so strong.

“We have to take it on and enjoy it. I don’t know one player who doesn’t enjoy going there, it’s a great atmosphere to go and play your football in. It feels as if the fans are right on top of you and I think it gets the best out of most players,” said Archibald.

Live coverage

You can keep up to date on all the action from Tynecastle via Hearts TV and Twitter:

Hearts TV international subscribers can watch the game live from 2.45pm onwards, whilst UK based fans can tune in for live audio commentary with Laurie Dunsire and Jimmy Sandison.

Follow @JamTarts on Twitter for all the build-up, including videos, images, team line-ups and live updates throughout the match.

Full match highlights and interviews will follow on HeartsTV.