Raith Rovers 

Hearts 

Saturday 23rd August 2014

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 

 Admission Prices:

Please note this is an all ticket match. Tickets are on sale from the Stark’s Park office until 4pm on Friday and from 10am – 2pm on Saturday.

Adults – £17 

Students – £13

Concessions* – £9

Disabled – Half price

 *Concessions are under 16s, over 65s and jobseekers. Both full time students and jobseeker tickets can only be purchased from the main office at Stark’s Park. Jobseekers must show satisfactory proof of entitlement along with photographic I.D and students must show a valid matriculation card – expired student cards will not be accepted.

 

Preview:

Raith Rovers welcome Heart of Midlothian to Stark’s Park on Saturday, with both clubs looking to extend their 100% records. An early Ryan Conroy strike was enough for Rovers to seal all three points against Alloa last weekend, while Hearts were involved in an incident packed Edinburgh derby. Robbie Neilson’s men shared 3 goals, 2 penalties and 2 red-cards with their capital rivals, but goals from Sam Nicholson and Prince Buaben, ensured Hearts emerged triumphant.

Saturday’s match will be the first time the 2 teams have met in the league since February 1997, although they have played each other 3 times in the League Cup in that time. The last occasion was just 13 months ago, when Hearts won 5-4 on penalties, after a pulsating 1-1 draw.

The Edinburgh club have undergone several changes since then, with a new owner, management team and several new faces on the park. Former Raith manager Craig Levein is the new Director-of-Football, and both he, and Robbie Nielson have helped to sculpt the new look squad.

Forwards, James Keatings, Osman Sow and Soufian el Hassanoui all arrived over the summer, while Morgaro Gomis, and Prince Buaben have provided a solid axis in the middle of the park. Alim Ozturk has slotted into the central defensive area, while goalkeepers Scott Gallagher and Neil Alexander have joined from Crystal Palace and Rangers respectively.

The arrivals seem to have gelled immediately, with two impressive 2-1 wins against Rangers and Hibs the other sides that, along with Hearts, are expected to challenge for the Championship title.

If Grant Murray’s men are to take anything from the game, then they’ll need to go against the form in this fixture, with just 1 win from the last 10 league meetings between the sides, a 1-0 win back in December 1993.

Saturday’s match referee will be Craig Charleston.

Head-to-Head League Record at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers wins: 14 | Heart of Midlothian wins: 20 | Draws: 11

Raith Rovers goals: 58 | Heart of Midlothian goals: 87

Top Goalscorers:

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 3 | Calum Elliot 2 | Christian Nade and Paul Watson 1

Heart of Midlothian: Sow 2 | Buaben, Nicholson, Paterson and Wilson, all 1

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 31/10 | Heart of Midlothian: 13/5 | Draw: 4/5

 

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