Hearts F.C 

Raith Rovers F.C 

Saturday 18th April 2015

Tynecastle

Kick off: 3.00pm 

Admission Prices: 

Upper

Adults – £23  | Over 65/FTE – £16 | Under 18 – £14 | Under 12 – £5

Lower 

Adults – £17 | Over 65/FTE – £12 | Under 18 – £10 | Under 12 – £5

There will be a cash turnstile in operation on the day.

Match Preview: 

Raith Rovers face their second consecutive away match this weekend, and it’s a trip to Tynecastle, to face the the runaway Championship winners, Heart of Midlothian.

Robbie Neilson’s side have a formidable home record, with just four points dropped from 16 fixtures in Gorgie this season. They’ve scored 53 goals in the process, and only conceding nine, in a relentless campaign that has seen most opponents swept aside, both home and away.

Their only home loss this season was back in January, in a see-saw battle with Falkirk who won 3-2, after a late winner from Craig Sibbald.

Hearts have won all three encounters with Raith Rovers this season, and the first was the most convincing, with the Jambos easing to a 4-0 win at Stark’s Park back in August. The second meeting, this time at Tynecastle, was a tighter affair, and was settled by an Alim Ozturk goal after just five minutes.

The most recent fixture between the two was just last month, and saw Kevin McHattie put Hearts into the lead just before the half-hour mark. However, a Craig Barr header restored parity before the interval, however, after Christian Nadé was dismissed in the second period, Hearts went on to seal a late victory, with goals from Jamie Walker and Billy King cementing a 3-1 win.

If Hearts can win on Saturday, it’ll be the first time they’ve managed a clean sweep over Raith Rovers in the league since the 1981-82 season. Back then, the 14 team First Division saw each side play each other just three times, and Hearts would finish the campaign in third place, just one point behind Kilmarnock, who were promoted, and 11 behind champions Motherwell. Raith on the other hand finished twelfth, just one place above relegated East Stirlingshire, and bottom of the table Queen of the South.

The Midlothian club’s dominance over Raith this season is reflected in the most recent head-to-head record, with Hearts unbeaten against Rovers in 15 league and cup matches. Raith’s last win over Hearts was a 1-0 victory at Tynecastle on the 18th of December 1993, thanks to a Davie Sinclair strike after 25 minutes.

The match referee this weekend will be William Collum.

Head-to-Head League Record at Tynecastle:

Heart of Midlothian Wins: 32 | Raith Rovers Wins: 5 | Draws: 8

Heart of Midlothian Goals: 95 | Raith Rovers Goals: 37

Current Form:

Heart of Midlothian: W-W-W-L-W-L

Raith Rovers: W-W-W-L-L-L

Biggest Home Win: 

06/09/1890 Scottish Cup First Round: Heart of Midlothian 7 Raith Rovers 2

28/04/1956 First Division: Heart of Midlothian 7 Raith Rovers 2

Biggest Away Win:

04/03/1968 First Division: Heart of Midlothian 0 Raith Rovers 2

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Heart of Midlothian: Osman Sow 12 | Jamie Walker and James Keatings, both 11

Raith Rovers: Mark Stewart and Ryan Conroy, both 9 | Christian Nadé 7

Match Odds:

Heart of Midlothian: 1/4 | Raith Rovers: 11/1 | Draw: 5/1

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