Match Preview

Dundee vs Hearts
Dens Park, KO 7.45pm
23rd December 2016

Referee: Kevin Clancy
Linesmen: Graham McNeillie, John McCrossan
Fourth Official: Andrew Dallas

Can Dundee give their supporters an early Christmas present when Hearts roll up to Dens Park for Friday’s night time clash? The fans sure hope so.

Despite defeat against Celtic last weekend, the team performed well in the last half hour of the game and were unlucky not to snatch a point against the run-away Champions. If we are able to reproduce that team effort that the players showed in the second half against Celtic straight from the kick off on Friday, then the odds will be high that we will come away with a result here.

Hearts will be a tough team to get a result from though and despite looking frail in defence sometimes, their attacking play is one that can carve open any backline in this league. I think our own defence has been pretty solid recently despite a few hiccups here and there. I have full confidence that this form will continue but we will have to cut out the odd mistakes, especially with the players that Hearts will have lurking round the box.

Hartley will have a few decisions to think about regarding his team selection for this tie. Mark O’Hara made his long-awaited comeback at Parkhead and made an instant impact, even setting up Marcus Habers’s goal. He’s the type of player that I want to see with his name on the team sheet ever week. Hartley has been vocal about his admiration of O’Hara since he signed so my guess is he will be in the starting XI.

This leaves Paul McGowan who missed last weekend’s defeat due to suspension. This may not be a popular view but I’ve been more impressed with James Vincent lately and would be inclined to let him keep his spot in the middle and go with himself, O’Hara and Hateley. There is never any harm in dropping a fan favorite to give them a little break now and again, especially since I think his performances have dipped a bit lately.

We have already played Hearts this season, going down 2-0 at Tynecastle. We did suffer the unfortunate luck of striking the woodwork numerous times throughout that 90 minutes.
Hartley’s record as Dundee manager vs Hearts:

Played: 4 Won: 0 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3 F: 2  A: 6

Match Facts

Dundee will be hoping to make it FOUR home matches in a row without defeat in the League.

Dundee’s longest unbeaten run in home matches against Hearts occurred from 21/10/1905 to 17/10/1914. We went NINE games without defeat.

If Hearts managed a victory, it will be their 100th in the League against us.

Paul Hartley has never beaten Hearts as Dundee manager.

Current Form

Dundee last 5 League games:
Lost | Rangers 0-1 Away
Won | Inverness 2-1 Home
Lost | Kilmarnock 0-2 Away
Draw | Ross County 0-0 Home
Lost | Celtic 1-2 Away
Hearts last 5 League Games:
Won | Motherwell 3-0 Home
Won | Rangers 2-0 Home
Drew | Ross County 2-2 Away
Lost | Rangers 0-2 Away
Drew |Partick 1-1 Home

Recent Record Vs Hearts

Last 5 League games at Dens Park:
Drew | 1-1 January 22nd 2005
Won | 1-0 November 3rd 2012
Won | 1-0 April 27th 2013
Lost | 1-2 August 8th 2015
Lost | 0-1 March 12th 2016

Last 5 League games at both grounds:

Won | 1-0 April 27th May 2013
Lost | 1-2 Home August 8th 2015
Draw | 1-1 Away November 21st 2015
Lost | 0-1 Home March 12th 2016
Lost | 0-2 Away October 15th 2016

Head to Head League Record

Total Games: 208
Dundee wins: 68
Hearts Wins: 99
Draw: 51
Dundee Goals: 288
Hearts Goals: 363

Head to Head League Record at Dens Park

Total Games: 108
Dundee wins: 47
Hearts Wins: 34
Draw: 27
Dundee Goals: 168
Hearts Goals: 149

Last League Game at Dens Park
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Despite having several chances to draw level, Dundee would still taste the bitterness of defeat against the Edinburgh club.

This defeat meant Dundee would sit in 7th spot that night, two points off sixth place and only four from 4th.
Highlights:

BBC match report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35733402

Memorable Match

Dundee 1-0 Hearts
Premier Division
October 31st 1998

Dundee and Hearts squared up for the first time of the 98/99 season at Dens Park with Dundee coming out on top as victors thanks to a David Weir OG.
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This was the first of four league wins against Hearts that season. This came on the back of both squads crossing paths while on an end of season holiday in which the Hearts players bragged to the Dark Blues that we would be an easy 12 points for them.

Match Updates

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

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