Start date: October 6 2020
Match details: Kick-off 7.45pm
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The last time the team took to the field in a meaningful fixture was the painful 1-0 defeat to St Mirren back in March a result which ultimately contributed to the clucs relegation to the Championship.John Robertson brings his Highlanders down to Tynecastle for a precursor to the start of the league season later this month.
It begins an intense period of football for Neilson s men with six matches between now and the end of the month when the team play the 2020 Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibs.
Team news Hearts will be without Michael Smith and Liam Boyce who are on international duty with Northern Ireland. Cammy Logan and Jamie Brandon are in contention to replace the former with Craig Wighton or Steven Naismith playing ahead of the latter. The match is likely too soon for both Andy Halliday and Peter Haring to start but Ben Garuccio is expected to return after missing last week s friendly with Partick Thistle. Christophe Berra and John Souttar long-term absenteesLikely line-up Gordon Brandon Halkett Popescu Garuccio Irving Lee Roberts Walker Frear Naismith Tynecastle Park Edinburgh.
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The game is live on subscription channel Premier Sports 1. For those that miss the game it is being shown on Freesports at 2pm on Wednesday.Last meeting: The club’s last met in a competitive fixture back in April 2019, the Scottish Cup semi-final. Hearts had already defeated ICT 5-0 that season in the Betfred Cup group stages and would win 3-0 at Hampden Park with goals from Uche Ikpeazu Sean Clare and John Souttar to set up a final with Celtic.Key stat Only one of the starting XI who last faced Inverness is likely to start the match Olly Lee.Referee Steven McLean – the whistler last officiated a Hearts match in February when Daniel Stendel’s men defeat Rangers in the Scottish Cup. It was controversial match with plenty of contentious decisions.Match odds Hearts 4/7 Draw 31/10 Inverness CT 15/4 (odds supplied by McBookie)GLASGOW SCOTLAND – JANUARY 31 The Scottish flag is seen during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final match between Dundee United and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on January 31 2015 in Glasgow Scotland. (Photo by Julian
Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle are back in action for the first time since 11 March and 10 March respectively.
When last season’s Scottish Premiership was curtailed Hearts were bottom so were relegated to the second-tier for the first time since 2015 Inverness had been hoping to go the other way but despite sitting second in the Championship in March their promotion bid was ended by the pandemic.This will be their fourth consecutive season in the Championship Robbie Neilson is back in the Hearts dugout and this is his first game of his second spell in charge.There s no doubt these two will be fighting it out at the top of the league table this season.But first both will be eyeing League Cup points.Group A also contains Championship newcomers Raith Rovers East Fife of League 1 and Cowdenbeath from League 2.
With only the group
winners guaranteed a place in the round of 16 a good start is pivotal.Who will lay down an early marker at Tynecastle Park?Hearts new boy Mihai Popescu insists the Jambos are already a point ahead of their Championship opponents this season as the Romanian defender plans a reunion with countryman and Rangers star Ianis Hagi.The defender was forced to quarantine on his return to Scotland from his homeland after Robbie Neilson snapped the 27-year-old up from Dinamo Bucharest in his homeland, but emerged from that two-week isolation with an impressive performance in a friendly win over Partick Thistle.
He is now aiming to return the Gorgie outfit to the top flight at the first attempt where he is already looking forward to doing battle with the 21-year-old son of Romanian football icon Gheorghe having lined up opposite him in the Casa Liga.
101 Great Goals predicts Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle I played against him for Dinamo against his father’s team Viitorul. I played against them many times but only once against Ianis because he went to Fiorentina and other clubs.
It was a good challenge but we won, we beat them 1-0. I want to get Hearts promoted so I can play against him again in the Premiership next season