Hamilton Academical vs Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Premiership 2018/19 – Matchday 1
Date: Saturday, 4th August 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: New Douglas Park (Hamilton).
After narrowly escaping relegation in the last two seasons, Hamilton Academical looks of a green patch when they start the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season with a tricky fixture against a decent Heart of Midlothian.
The Accies finished 10th in the 12 team table last season and only escaped the relegation play-offs on goal-difference. That had been almost similar to the previous campaign where they actually went into the play-off and survived a decent scare to restore their status as one of Scotland’s elite division club.
On the other hand, Hearts have back-to-back top of the half table finish over the last two seasons. They were 6th last time and 5th in the one before.
Both teams have some competitive match practice on their back with each playing 4 games in the Scottish cup. It has to be pointed out that Hearts are the side with momentum as they won 3 of their 4 games within 90 minutes and won the last two by 5-0, the other won on penalty shoot-out.
Meantime, Hamilton started with back-to-back defeats to lower league side Annan and then the new promoted Premiership side Livingston. They won 2 on the bounce since, still needed penalties in the most recent home fixture against third tier outfit Airdrieonians.
Hamilton vs Hearts Head-to-head
- Hearts are unbeaten in the last 8 h2h meetings with Hamilton.
- Five of their last six meetings saw over 2.5 goals.
- Hearts scored 3 goals at least in four of those games.
- Also, four of their last 5 meetings at the Douglas Park saw 3 or more goals.
Hamilton vs Hearts Predictions
Heart of Midlothian have been amongst the worst away sides in the league over the last two seasons and their record in that aspect matched with those of relegation candidates.
However, Hearts managed to get the better of Hamilton in majority of their h2h meetings since 2015.
Now that Hamilton start the season as a potential relegation candidate and coming after struggling to beat lower division sides in the ongoing league cup, we can expect the visitors to once again dominate this head-to-head fixture.
Hearts will be on an excellent mood after winning their two recent cup games by the exact same 5-0 margin.
Hamilton vs Hearts Betting Tips
Hearts to win @ 2.10 odd
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70 odd.