Our prediction for this Scottish Cup match:
A spot in the Scottish Cup semis will be at stake when Hearts and St. Mirren go head to head at Tynecastle Park on Saturday. Hearts are enjoying a very successful Premiership campaign, with the team sitting in 3rd place after 30 rounds, but they have big ambitions for the Scottish Cup final stages as well. Anyhow, home win should not be considered as no fewer than six Hearts players suffered injuries in a 2-2 draw with Dundee United at the weekend.
The Saints, on the other hand, set up a meeting with the Jambos by beating lower-league side Kelty Hearts 4-0. St. Mirren, though, are not regarded as good travelers, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on draw. Midfielder Connor Ronan is back from suspension for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Liam Boyce):
Liam Boyce is a Northern Ireland international who plays for Burton Albion in the League One. Boyce was born in Belfast on April 8, 1991 and he started his senior career at Cliftonville.
The 184-cm tall attacker played for the likes of Werder Bremen II and Ross County as well before becoming Burton Albion’s record signing in the 2017 summer transfer window.Liam Boyce missed almost entire 2017/2018 season through a serious knee injury, returning to action on February 3, 2018. Speaking of his international career, Boyce made his Northern Ireland debut against Scotland on February 9, 2011, coming as a substitute for Niall McGinn.
Six years later, on June 2, 2017, he scored his first goal for the Northern Ireland national team in a 1-0 win over New Zealand. Liam Boyce’s main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a second striker as well.
Highlighted Team (St Mirren):
St Mirren are Scottish football club that compete in the Scotland Premier League. Founded in 1877, the Buddies play home games at St Mirren Park. The venue, which was built in 2009, can hold up to 8,000 spectators.
St Mirren are well known for their white and black home kit, while black and violet are the dominant colours of their away kit. The Scottish club played their first match against Johnstone Britannia on October 6, 1877, winning the game by one goal to nil. St Mirren have a bitter rivalry with Greenock Morton, and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two clubs.
The Buddies recorded their biggest win on January 30, 1960, with the team crushing Glasgow University 15-0 in the Scottish Cup. David McCrae is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 221 league goals. St Mirren have won the Scotland Premiership three times (1925/26, 1958/59, 1986/87).