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Match Preview:League Preview: Hearts

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When and Where

Dundee FC host Heart of Midlothian at The Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park on Saturday 9th March, and kick-off is at 15:00 GMT (3pm).

This game will not be shown to UK viewers on TV. However,  DeeTV subscribers can watch the game live (Outside the UK) or listen to live Audio (World Wide). 

You can also follow the game live on Dundee Football Clubs Twitter account @DundeeFC and normally at the Dark Blues forum for the fans live account of the game.

Our Opposition

Heart of Midlothian formed in 1874 and are currently managed by ex Dundee United manager Craig Levein.

Hearts went into Administration on 17 June 2013 and on the 19th on June the administrators BDO were appointed to run the club. As well as the signing embargo, Hearts were to be deducted a third of the previous season's points tally which meant the club would start the 2013/2014 season with −15 points.

On 2 December, Hearts' creditors agreed to the CVA deal proposed by "The Foundation of Hearts".

Hearts relegation from the Scottish premiership was confirmed on the 5th of April 2014. On May 12th 2014 Ann Budge took over control ending Vladimir Romanov's with Hearts. The club officially exited administration on 11 June 2014, also bringing to an end the signing embargo that had been imposed upon the club a year earlier.

Hearts earned an immediate return to the Scottish Premiership by clinching the 2014–15 Scottish Championship title with seven games remaining. They finished 21 points ahead of city rivals Hibernian and 24 points ahead of The Rangers.

Championship winning manager Robbie Neilson left the club during the 2016-17 season, and was replaced by Graig Levein.

Team News

Dundee are still without long term injuries Meekings, Hamilton and Davies. There have been hints that both Nelson and Curran should be fit for the game, but we should know more closer to the game.

Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met were on the 23rd of January 2019 and Dundee walked out of Tynecastle with a massive 2-1 win against The Jam Tarts and moved off the bottom of the table. Read the Dundee FC Online Match-Report.

This was the first game where Jim McIntyre's new signings Andrew Nelson and Andy Dales featured, and straight off they were causing problems for the Hearts defence.

It was Kusunga who opened the scoring in the 23rd Minute, he picked up the ball midway into the Hearts half and charged forward playing a neat one two with Nelson in the box and fired a low shot past Doyle. There's not many defender who you will see scoring goals like that.

Dundee pressed Hearts looking for a second goal, Dales with a dipping shot just over the crossbar and C Curran and J Curran working together but C Curran's header was well saved by Doyle.

The Jambos equalised in the 40th minute via a free-kick just outside the box. Lee's free-kick hit off the head of J Curran looping over Dieng inside the far post which saw the teams all square 1 - 1 at the interval.

Dundee came out in the second in pretty much as they did in the first half and were causing the Hearts back line all manners of problems.

New striker Nelson got his Dundee career off to a flying start and he opened his account in the 62nd minute. Nathan Ralph placed a long ball up the left side which was fluffed by Shaughnessy, C Curran took advantage of this mistake and setup Nelson to toe poke the winner past Doyle from near the penalty spot.

Match Officials

Still to be announced.

Notable Player Links

Neil McCann, David Witteveen, Thomson Allan, Craig Beatie, Stephen Frial, Cammy Fraser, Jim Hamilton and Tosh McKinlay

Stats

Dundee have won two, drawn two and lost two in their last six matches. Hibernian have won 3 and lost three in there last 6 games.

The last time these two clubs met,  Dundee won 2-1 at Tynecastle to move off the bottom of the league. However, Dundee suffered a 3 - 0 defeat to Heart at Dens Park on Tuesday the 23rd of October under Jim Mcintyre's first game in charge.

The last six league games between the two sides:

23-Jan-19 Hearts 1 - 2 Dundee
23‑Oct‑18 Dundee 0 - 3 Hearts
01‑Apr‑18 Dundee 1 - 1 Hearts
12‑Dec‑17 Hearts 2 - 0 Dundee
30‑Sep‑17 Dundee 2 - 1 Hearts
08‑Apr‑17 Hearts 1 - 0 Dundee

Trivia

Albert Kid smashed the Hearts of the Hearts fans in the last game of the season. He came of the bench to score two goals which saw Celtic win the league.

Paul Hartley played for both Edinburgh clubs before he came Dundee manager in 2014.


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