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Newly advertised Hearts hope for two of two wins in the Scottish Premiership when they travel to St. Mirren Saturday afternoon.
The Jam Tarts took all three points when they defeated Glasgow giants Celtic last weekend, while the loot was shared between the Saints and Dundee in their opening game.
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St. Mirren played an entertaining 2-2 draw in the opening game of the new season against newly promoted Dundee last weekend.
Eamonn Brophy scored his first goal for the club since his permanent arrival this summer, but his fourth-minute goal was abandoned just before half-time as the captain Joe Shaughnessy steered the ball into his own net.
Jamie McGrath then he converted from the penalty spot nine minutes after the restart before Dundee scored his second equalizer Jason Cummings. Although the hosts were reduced to 10 men, followed Max AndersonIn the 69th minute of the red card, St Mirren couldn’t capitalize on the additional man and had to be content with only one point in Dens Park.
Manager Jim Goodwin was “disappointed” not to take all three points against a newly promoted team, but his team got a second bite in the cherry when they take on last year’s championship champions Hearts on Saturday.
St. Mirren has had an impressive home record against the Jam Tarts in recent years. He won five and three of the last eight games drawn against them in Paisley. The Saints only took four wins on home soil last season; only the basement club Hamilton Academical brought fewer home wins.
Hearts started the new season in style with an impressive 2-1 win over Celtic last weekend in front of 5,500 fans in Tynecastle.
After their thunderous fans were presented with the championship trophy for the first time since winning the title in April, the Jam Tarts winger kicked off Gary Mackay-Steven Goal after eight minutes to give the hosts the lead.
Anthony Ralston equalized for the hoops shortly after the break, but it was Hearts who, as defenders, had the last laugh John Souttar rose over the Celtic defense line to head the ball in a dramatic 89th minute.
Robbie Neilson was thrilled with the performance and the result, especially for the returning fans who, in his opinion, were the driving force behind their win.
The paisley-born head coach is now preparing for a trip to St. Mirren that will actually be the club’s last away visit to a first division team prior to relegation in 2019-20.
Hearts were beaten 1-0 by the Saints this March, but a win on Saturday would help them get their new campaign off to a brilliant start and expand their winning streak to six games across all competitions.
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St. Mirren Defender Richard Tait and Conor McCarthy will try to make their way into the starting XI this weekend but both players will start again on the bench with Shaughnessy, Marcus Fraser and Charles Dunne They are expected to keep their places in the back three places.
New recruits Alan Power and Greg Kiltie, who both joined us from Kilmarnock this summer, could play in midfield, with the latter hoping to make his first league start since arriving.
Striker Brophy and Curtis Main are ready to join forces again with Kristian Dennis start on the bench.
As for hearts Jamie Walker missed the win against Celtic with an ankle injury but the winger is expected to play on Saturday.
Neilson has started with a 3-4-3 formation in four of his five competitive games this season and is likely to use that system again at Paisley.
Winger Mackay-Steven and Josh Ginnelly both are expected to support the center-forward Liam Boyce in the attack, which means as much as Armand Gnanduillet and Euan Henderson will start on the bench.
St. Mirren possible starting line-up:
Alnwick; Fraser, Shaughnessy, McCarthy; Henderson, McGrath, Power, Tanser; Kiltie; Head, Brophy
Hearts possible starting line-up:
Gordon, Souttar, Halkett, Kingsley; Smith, Baningime, Halliday, Cochrane; Ginnelly, Boyce, Mackay-Steven
Probability: St. Mirren 1-2 hearts
St. Mirren and Hearts have done a lot in front of goal so far this season. Both teams scored a combined 21 goals in their first five games between the Premiership and the League Cup.
The two teams are confident that they can take all three points on Saturday and while they are barely separable, we believe the Jam Tarts can maintain their positive momentum with a close win at Paisley.
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