Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Following a 1-1 draw with St. Mirren, Hearts will be looking to cement third place in the standings when the two teams face each other for the second time in just seven days. The Jambos are eyeing their third consecutive win at home ground, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s game. Keep in mind, though, that all Craig Halkett, Craig Gordon, Gary Mackay-Steven, and Beni Baningime have been struggling with injuries of late.
Meanwhile, the Saints have drawn each of their last three league fixtures, but given their poor away record (1-2-5) in the 2022/2023 season, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. To make things even worse for the visiting side, Marcus Fraser is banned for the match, while fellow defender Ryan Strain is unlikely to recover in time to face the Jambos.
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).