There’s never a dull moment at Hearts who have taken just three games of the new season to part company with boss Jim Jefferies, who refused a Director of Football position at Tynecastle, and replace him with former Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Sergio.
The managerial switch isn’t expected to have a negative impact in the short term, as the Jambos tackle Paksi SE in the second leg of a Europa League qualifying tie and indeed Sergio is just 1/2 courtesy of Stan James to preside over a victory.
A 1-1, first leg stalemate puts Hearts in a strong position in the tie and they have to be considered a banker to qualify, at 2/9 (Paddy Power), however, it’s the Jambos defence that can help punters to cash in.
The Portuguese boss will be acutely aware that his side need to keep things tight and after they controlled possession for long periods in Hungary they should have little trouble keeping the visitors at bay. Partybets’ 11/8 for Hearts to prevail ‘to nil’ is the call then, although bolder punters may prefer Sportingbet’s 11/2 for the Jambos to notch twice without reply.
Hearts to win ‘to nil’ – 11/8 (Partybets)