Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over St Johnston in their opener, Hearts will look to climb to top position in the standings when they host Kilmarnock to their Tynecastle Park on Sunday afternoon. The Jambos produced a brilliant display against the Saints with 23 goal attempts and 9 shots on target and it is no wonder the odds for home win have been dropping. Barring any fresh injury worries, Frankie McAvoy is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated St Johnston, but defender Alex Cochrane has yet to serve his ban.
The Killie, on the other hand, did well to upset Scottish powerhouse Rangers thanks to Bradley Lyons’ goal, but given their difficulties on the road in the national championship, we believe that home win should be considered. Midfielder Ben Chrisene remains in the treatment room, but he should be the only absentee in the visiting team.
Highlighted Team (Kilmarnock):
Founded on January 5, 1869, Kilmarnock are the oldest professional club in Scotland. The Killie welcome their opponents at Rugby Park, the stadium with the artificial turf. The venue, which was opened back in August 1899, can hold up to 17,889 people.
Kilmarnock won their first and only Scotland Premier League trophy in the 1964/65 season despite being level on points with Hearts at the end of the season. Fellow Ayrshire club Ayr United are considered the Killie’s bitterest rivals. The two teams have been facing each other in the Ayrshire derby since September 1910.
Dark blue is the dominant colour of the club’s home kit, while Kilmarnock footballers wear yellow and blues kit when playing on the travels. The Killie recorded their biggest win back in 1896, with the team beating Saltcoats Victoria 13-2 in the second round of the Scottish Qualifying Cup. The club suffered their biggest defeat in August 1938 as they were hammered by Celtic 9-1 in the Scottish League Division.