Hearts vs Inverness by Luke
In an extremely defensive game last weekend, Hears managed to pull out a point in a goalless draw away to Aberdeen in previous round. Both teams looked somehow frightened to attack and give some space to the game, but if any of the teams deserved something more out of it, it would probably be Hearts in the end.
Still, their attacking phases were also close to minimum and a draw would probably be the most fair outcome. Now they are counting six matches in a row without a victory, combined with friendly matches and everyone is determined to finally show some of their potential before they end up in a negative start of the season, having in mind that there were little chances against Celtic in the first round at home in a 1:2 defeat.
Hearts will miss suspended midfielder Jamie Walker (1/1) for the second consecutive game, but also forwards Juanma and Bjorn Johnsen, both without performing so far in the season.
Inverness comes from their third consecutive defeat in the season, since they were playing against really strongly decisive Ross County last weekend and suffered 2:3 defeat in front of own fans. Their players were really close to mediocre, especially in the defense, while they couldn't do against visiting striker Boyce who scored all three goals for the Ross County.
Hosts managed to reduced the deficit to 2:1 in 45th via Boden, but got responded at the start of the second again, just to reduce the deficit again in 65th via Draper, but without really getting back into the match. After a long period of absence due injury, defender Josh Meekings is back in contention and could take position of McNaughton. Visitors will miss defender Kevin McNaughton (2/0) who went to surgery and midfielder/winger Billy King (2/0) who is important part, but on loan with them from Hearts so he won't be playing.
- Hearts have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against Inverness.
Inverness looked really poor in previous matches when speaking about their defensive behavior. Having that in mind, I simply can't see here past Hearts' victory. Hardly the home side will be once again poor in offense as they did in previous round. If they show anything close to acceptable, this should be their victory.