Hearts

V

Tynecastle Park

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

St Johnstone

V

Tynecastle Park

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Hearts welcome St Johnstone to Tynecastle on Saturday, in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Last time: A goal from Manuel Milinkovic in the first minute of the second half was enough to secure the points for Hearts when the two teams played just last weekend.

This time: Hearts are 17/20 to win, while St Johnstone are 22/5 and the draw after 90 minutes is 5/2.

You might remember: An exciting 2-2 draw in November 2016. St Johnstone thought they’d won it late on through a Chris Kane strike, only for Callum Patterson to rescue a point for the hosts in the 87th minute. That was the last time there was more than one goal in this fixture.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Tynecastle will host this game as Hearts take on St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup

Hearts’ victory over St Johnstone in the league last weekend looks like being crucial in deciding which half of the table each side ends up in when the Scottish Premiership splits in April. With Saints likely to be consigned to the bottom half, they have a chance to gain some revenge in this Scottish cup tie.

Hearts are 17/20 to win the game in normal time, or 4/11 to qualify for the sixth round. Defeat against Celtic at the end of January is the only loss Levein’s side have fallen to in their last 14 fixtures in all competitions, a run that includes a 4-0 victory over the Bhoys.

St Johnstone are 22/5 outsiders to progress at the end of 90 minutes, or 2/1 to qualify. The Saints enter this cup clash without a win in six in the Scottish Premiership, with a draw and defeat against Hearts coming during this period.

The draw at the end of normal time is 5/2, which could be tempting considering how close the two recent games between the sides have been. With only one goal scored in both matches, a 0-0 scoreline to force extra time is priced at 15/2.

Lafferty is the 3/1 favourite to break the deadlock on Saturday, and add to the 12 goals he’s already notched this season. The 30-year-old will be a major threat as he leads the Hearts line, and you can back him at 5/2 to get on the scoresheet in a win for his side.

Kane is 7/1 to open the scoring in this one, after bagging a hat-trick against League One side Albion Rovers in the last round. He’s 3/1 in the first to score for their team market, and 5/1 to find the net in a Saints victory.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A 1-0 scoreline. There’s been five of them in the last seven games between these two, with Hearts priced at 5/1 to record a 1-0 win, and St Johnstone 10/1 for the same bet. An under 1.5 goals bet meanwhile is 2/1.

2

We fancy:

Hearts to win to nil at 9/5. St Johnstone average less than a goal a game in the Scottish Premiership this season, and have failed to score against the Jambos in their last three matches against the Tynecastle outfit.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Milinkovic to score the only goal of the game at 25/1. At these odds it could be worth an outside bet on the French-born attacker netting the game’s only goal against St Johnstone for the second time in a week.

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