Match Preview

Hearts Vs Dundee, Tynecastle Stadium, KO 3pm
15th October 2016

Referee: Kevin Clancy
Linesmen: Brian Templeton and Graham McNeillie
Fourth official: Alan Newlands

I don’t know about you but thank god that we are back to domestic football this weekend.

There shouldn’t be much to add to this preview. Hearts are flying high at one end of the table while we are struggling at the other end in desperate need of a win which means in football terms, we will head to Edinburgh and come back with a result!

All joking aside, this is a very tough game for us. We are struggling to find any form in front of goal and are finding it hard to take control of a game by the scruff of the neck.

The gaffer has changed it around with a 3-5-2 formation and promised that it would stay like that so hopefully we can expect to see a more attacking Dundee side on Saturday. We showed defensively that we can be sound at the back but we are just needing that wee spark in the middle of the park to link up the whole team.

Right now, we head into this game without a win in seven games. A defeat this weekend along with Kilmarnock and Partick picking up a point a piece would see us hit rock bottom so it’s vital that we try to kick start our season now before we fall into that position.

As of now, the only team news that’s been put out is that Tom Hateley has recovered from his groin injury but then was struck down with an illness. He should have been in training on Thursday so it will be touch and go if he makes it. Craig Wighton will also be looked over after his involvement in the Scotland U21’s during the week which saw him make his debut.

So what’s my prediction for this game? My bookie slip would have a Jambos win if truth be told but my heart will also tell me that we can grab something from this game. Well any game as a matter of fact. Last season’s encounters between the clubs saw both sets of fans commenting that their team should have won so hopefully we can see another close game. Of Course if we are winning, I’d rather we were running away with it!

Hearts 1- 2 Dundee

Match Facts

Davie Halliday (1921-1925) holds two records that were set in the same match vs Hearts.

Davie Halliday holds the record for most goals scored against Hearts in one match. He hit the back of the net FOUR times in a 6-0 victory at Dens on the 30th August 1924.

His hat-trick in that game was also the first time a Dundee player had achieved one against the Jambos.

Since then, only Ronnie Turnbull, Kenny Cameron, Andy Penman and John Duncan have managed to put three goals past them. The last one from John Duncan happened way back in 1968!

RC Hamilton (1910-1913) has scored the most goals against Hearts in a Dundee shirt with 10 to his name.

Our best ever unbeaten run at Tynecastle occurred between 12/3/1969 to 27/3/1976 when we went ten games without a defeat.

Recent Record Vs Hearts

Last 5 League games at Tynecastle: DLWLL
Last 5 League games at both grounds: LDLWL

Head to Head League Record

Total Games: 207
Dundee wins: 68
Hearts Wins: 98
Draw: 51
Dundee Goals: 188
Hearts Goals: 361

Head to Head League Record at Tynecastle

Total Games: 109
Dundee wins: 21
Hearts Wins: 24
Draw: 64
Dundee Goals: 120
Hearts Goals: 211

Last Game at Tynecastle

Hearts (Djoum 24) 1-1 Dundee (Loy 67), 26/11/2015

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Rory Loy celebrates his equaliser. Photo from SNS

In front of a sell-out crowd, Hearts missed the chance to close the gap on League leaders Celtic to three points while Dundee made it three straight 1-1 draws.

ARNAUD DJOUM gave Hearts the lead when he headed home after 24 minutes after being left unmarked in the box.

Rory Loy would bring the teams back on level terms when he latched on to a beautiful pass from Greg Stewart before curling the ball into the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

This was the first time in over seven hours that Hearts had conceded a goal.

The match would eventually end 1-1.

Full match report on the BBC website:

Memorable Match

Dundee (Conroy 89) 1-0 Hearts
Dens Park 27/04/2013

Dundee were going into each match at this time of the season, trying to delay the inevitable relegation that was about to descend on our club.

Dundee needed a win to keep the great escape on and hope that St Mirren, who sat in 11th spot, were beaten or at worst drew to stop today being the fateful day.

Hearts fans, who were still hurting from that fateful day back in 1986, were after some sort of retribution against the Dark Blues and knew that a win for the Jambos here would relegate Dundee.

The game should have been turned on its head early in the first half when ANDY WEBSTER was deservedly sent off thus reducing the Edinburgh team to 10 men but this would not stop Dundee from serving up a nervy performance.

Dundee did eventually take the lead when RYAN CONROY smacked home a free kick from 30 yards out. It did take a slight (massive) deflection but the Dundee fans didn’t care one bit.

Hearts fans did have something to cheer about when news filtered through that St Mirren had taken the lead at Hibs with around 7 minutes left to play but Leigh Griffiths would do his old club a favour by levelling the scores with minutes’ left.

The full time whistle would go at both grounds and Dundee would now sit 8 points behind the Buddies with 3 games left to play.

Full match report on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/22228954

Ticket Information (From the Official Dundee Website)

Dundee’s end is officially sold out so it will have to be Jeff and the boys or the wireless if you want to know how the team are doing.

You can also follow live updates on the Official Dundee Website and twitter page.

http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/dundeefconline?lang=en-gb

@dundeefconline

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