Raith Rovers 

Heart of Midlothian

Stark’s Park

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Kick off: 1.05pm

William Hill Scottish Cup R4

 

 Admission Information: 

 Tickets are on sale on Friday 10am – 3pm and on Saturday 11am – 2pm. The ticket office will then open at 10.30am on Sunday for the sale of remaining tickets.

The McDermid Stand and The Railway Stand are sold out so there will be no ticket sales available to away support on match-day.

Match Preview:

The Championship is put to one side this weekend, when Hearts travel to Kirkcaldy for a Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie this Sunday.

While the two sides haven’t met in this competition since 1979, when Hearts prevailed 2-0 in a Third Round tie at Stark’s Park, the two have played out a handful of encounters far more recently.

The Jambos won all four encounters on their way to securing the second tier title in the 2015/16 season, whilst the Gorgie side eventually won on penalties in a fiery League Cup tie in Kirkcaldy in 2013.

Liam Fox had given Rovers the lead in that one early in the second half, but Jamie Hamill soon levelled the tie from the penalty spot.

The finely balanced tie then turned when Dougie Hill was dismissed after a coming together with Hearts midfielder Hamill, and although Raith held on to take the match to penalties, Gary Locke’s team eventually won through 5-4 on spot-kicks.

Ian Cathro’s side may not be going into the match in the richest of form, with just one win from their last six league matches, but the new manager has spent little time in rearranging his squad, with four new arrivals in the January transfer window.

Central defender, Aaron Hughes has joined up after leaving Kerala Blasters in India, and the hugely experienced former Newcastle and Fulham man will be expected to fill the gap left by Igor Rossi who recently left to join Saudi Arabian side, Al-Faisaly Harmah.

Hughes could also be joined in the starting line up by former Hamilton left-back, Lennard Sowah, French midfielder, Malaury Martin who has joined from Lillestrom, and Slovenian defender, Andraz Struna, who signed for the club after leaving Greek side, PAS Giannina.

Raith’s record in this fixture isn’t an impressive one, with just three draws from the last ten fixtures in all competitions.

Their last win against Hearts came 24 years ago, when a Davie Sinclair goal sealed a 1-0 win at Tynecastle in the Premier Division.

Sunday’s match referee will be John Beaton.

Head-To-Head Cup Record At Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers Wins: 4 | Hearts Wins: 8 | Draws: 1

Raith Rovers Goals: 14 | Hearts Goals: 16

Current Form:

Raith Rovers: L-D-D-L-L-L

Hearts: D-L-D-L-W-L

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Mark Stewart 5 | Declan McManus 4 | Ross Callachan 3

Hearts: Jamie Walker 10 | Callum Paterson 9 | Barry Nicolson 5

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 21/4 | Hearts: 1/2 | Draw: 10/3

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