In the week that Tottenham kicked off their Europa League group campaign in sunny Greece, Hearts are stuck in hurricane-beaten Scotland wondering what could have been.
Tynecastle boss Paulo Sergio hopes his team can continue to earn forgiveness for the embarrassing first-leg defeat against Spurs with a win this Saturday against St Mirren, which is priced at 7/10 at bwin.com.
His side earned some respect with a goalless draw in London and a 2-0 win in the Edinburgh derby, but disappointing draws at Kilmarnock and Inverness have left Hearts in fifth place in the SPL and level on points with this weekend’s visitors.
St Mirren themselves come into the match on the back of a draw and odds of 12/5 are on offer for the two sides to share the spoils again.
However, the Buddies have not avoided defeat against Hearts since April last year and haven’t taken as much as a point in a game at Tynecastle since February 2009.
Therefore, a convincing Hearts win looks likely, making a bet on the home side to win to nil, at 31/20, a very tempting proposition.
Not only have the Jambos won the last three meetings between these two clubs, but they have also scored eight goals in those games. Considering that statistic, a bet on over 3.5 goals in the match, with odds of 29/10, could prove to represent good value.
We must not forget, however, that St Mirren have had a great start to their season and are in the top half of the table for a reason.
The Paisley side won on their last trip to Scotland’s capital with a 2-1 success over Hibernian. Another Edinburgh win is given odds of 4/1 and a bet on a 1-0 Saints success, the scoreline the last time they won at Tynecastle, certainly has some appeal at 21/2.
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