Hearts vs St Johnstone – Match Preview

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Hearts host St Johnstone on Saturday at Tynecastle. (Photo credit: Paul Henery)

Hearts will be looking to bounce back from a defeat against Dundee on January 24, whereas St Johnstone is looking for their fourth consecutive league win, after overcoming Livingston.

This is the third time the two clubs have met this season, with a Hearts coming out on top in a 2-1 win at Tynecastle and a 2-2 draw at McDiarmid Park.

Craig Levein’s side will be looking to redeem themselves after the loss to Dundee but has warned that he may ‘drop half the team’ following the match. The Edinburgh side was booed when they left the pitch on the match night, and Levein singled out his January signing David Vanecek for a ‘rubbish’ performance.

The Czech was substituted 30 minutes into the game, leaving Hearts fans disappointed and wanting more from the striker, who joined the team after agreeing on a pre-contract with Hearts in the summer.

Craig Levein

Craig Levein labelled his side’s performance against Dundee as “p***”. (Photo credit: Hayden Barry)

Fans will be hoping Vanecek puts in a stronger performance when St Johnstone come to Tynecastle on Saturday. Levein has also added Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy on loan, to his squad.

St Johnstone look favourites to take home the three points, with their last defeat coming against title contenders Rangers back in December, and even that was a tightly contested game with Saints conceding an 88th-minute goal. St Johnstone have now kept 11 clean sheets in 14 games, after beating Livingston 1-0 midweek and moving the Saints into the fifth position.

The Perth side is looking to continue the momentum they have going, with a 100% record in all competitions this year. This is bolstered by the return of fan favourite Michael O’Halloran, who signed a two-and-a-half year contract last week to return to McDiarmid Park for the third time.

Kick off is 3pm on Saturday, January 26 at Tynecastle Park.

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