Greenock Morton v Hearts: Team news, starting XI, match odds, how to watch live

Hearts travel to Greenock on Tuesday evening to take on Morton as their season nears its end.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 4:53 pm
Hearts travel to Cappielow on Tuesday night. Picture: SNS
Hearts travel to Cappielow on Tuesday night. Picture: SNS

With the Championship title all wrapped up and promotion back to the Premiership secured, there is little to play for. Yet, Robbie Neilson will be keen for his side to finish the season in as strong a fashion as possible.

The final three games allows some players to hit key milestones as others look to stake their claim for a place next season with a transfer rebuild set to take place.

Last time out, Hearts put in one of their most commanding performances of the campaign, thrashing Alloa Athletic 6-0 in a new 3-4-1-2 system.

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Morton come into the match second bottom of the table in need of points to pull themselves away from the play-off place.

Team news: Stephen Kingsley is the most likely of Hearts’ injured players to return to the fold for the trip to Cappielow. With the league wrapped up, however, any doubts and he is unlikely to be involved. John Souttar came through the majority of the win over Alloa Athletic and has had plenty of recovery time heading into this match. Josh Ginnelly and Jamie Brandon remain out.

Starting XI: Gordon; Logan, Souttar, Halkett, Smith; Henderson, Haring, Halliday, Mackay-Steven; Boyce, Gnanduillet.

Match details: Tuesday, April 20. Cappielow Stadium, Greenock. Kick-off 7.05pm.

How to watch: The game has been selected by the BBC for live coverage. The programme starts at 7pm with post-match analysis finishing at 9pm.

Last meeting: Hearts dropped two points at Tynecastle Park back in February with Jamie Walker having to rescue a point against an obdurate Morton side who went in front through Craig McGuffie.

Key stat: Hearts average the highest number of shots in the Championship with 14.49, while Morton the lowest with 7.81. There is a similar disparity with touches in the opposition box and possession. Hearts lead the league in both areas with Morton bottom.

Referee: John Beaton – This will be the official's fourth Championship game this season and second in charge of Hearts. He was the man in the middle for the league winners’ 3-2 home defeat to Raith Rovers, a game where he awarded two penalties.

Match odds: Morton 11 / 2 Draw 10/3 Hearts 4/9

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