Kilmarnock vs Hearts
Date: Friday, 1 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Rugby Park (Kilmarnock).
A very exciting fixture between Kilmarnock and Hearts is set to raise the curtain on the Matchday No 24 in the elite class of Scottish football on Friday. The hosts are enjoying one of the best campaigns in a while this season. They sit sky-high 3rd in the league ladder in spite of a rather complicated schedule at the start of the year.
Killie managed a huge 2-1 comeback win over second-placed Rangers nine days ago at Rugby Park. They showed a fantastic spirit to bounce back from conceding an early Jermaine Defoe goal. Eamonn Brophy and Jordan Jones brought the home crowd into delirium with their goals on the occasion. Steve Clarke’s men then had another super tough travel to make as they visited Pittodrie Stadium for the tie against the 4th-placed Aberdeen on Saturday. Ten-man Killie were outplayed, but managed to keep the Dons to a goalless draw to extend their unbeaten run to six consecutive Premiership outings. Can they return to winning ways here against 6th-placed Jam?
Kilmarnock vs Hearts: Head-to-head
The head to head trend suggests a low-scoring contest as six of past seven H2H affairs between these two likes saw fewer than three goals scored.
Kilmarnock were the more successful side of late with three wins, a draw and a defeat in last five meetings with the Jam.
Less than two goals were scored in five of past seven head to head matches.
Kilmarnock vs Hearts: Prediction
Hearts were also very tough to break down of late which is why we just have to go for a low-scoring contest here. The Jam kept their net untouched in four of last five games across competitions. They saw off St. Johnstone 2-0 at home on Saturday via second half goals from Marcus Godinho and Callum Morrison.
Killie were almost impeccable in their own backyard so far in the season. They win 8, drew 1 and lost just 2 of 11 home outings in Premiership. We thus have to fancy 2.25 odds offered for the home win pick here. The safest of bets would definitely be Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.61. Punters who’d like to go for a correct score longshot can try with the 1-0 home win at the odds of 6.50.
Kilmarnock vs Hearts: Bet Tips
Kilmarnock to win @ 2.25 (5/4)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13).