It’s been a turbulent time at Tynecastle of late, players haven’t been paid and results haven’t exactly lifted the gloom, Hearts having managed just the two victories this season in nine attempts. Indeed, a run of four defeats in five suggests all is not well in the Jambos camp and their woes look set to continue this afternoon as they lock horns with Motherwell.
Admittedly, the Steelmen themselves haven’t been as consistent as perhaps they would so far this term but they’ve racked up four unbeaten matches on their travels and they’re subsequently hugely overpriced at 23/10 with BetVictor to get the better of their troubled opponents, Stan James’ 11/8 favourites.
Nevertheless, John McGlynn’s men put in a dogged performance last time out to only go down 1-0 at Celtic and they again show resilience to ensure this one is also a close affair. Bet365’s 7/2 posted against a ‘Well triumph by a solitary goal tempts then and brave punters can risk a few quid on a 2-1 success for Stuart McCall’s boys at a generous 10/1 (Skybet).
In all four of the hosts’ defeats this season they have conceded a goal in the first period and that trend can continue today meaning ‘Well should reward backers of William Hill’s 5/1 for them to lead at the end of each half. Alternatively, the visitors are 11/8 via Ladbrokes to get on the scoresheet in the opening 45 minutes and Stan James rate them at 4/1 to be 1-0 up at the interval.
Motherwell’s Michael Higdon is the man that can capitalise on any defensive frailty from the Jambos. One of the division’s in-form strikers, the 29-year-old has helped himself to seven goals in his last five SPL appearances so he’s the obvious first scorer pick at 13/2 courtesy of bet365.
Motherwell to beat Hearts – 23/10 (BetVictor)
Michael Higdon to score first – 13/2 (bet365)