The Tynecastle club are looking to bounce back after the disappointment of missing out on third place last season. The Jam Tarts had a healthy eight-point lead in third as late as February but frittered it away with poor form towards the end of the campaign, including a six-match losing run which saw Robbie Neilson lose his job.
A good start will be imperative in reclaiming the best-of-the-rest spot. We look at those fixtures and the other key dates for the calendar for the upcoming campaign, including when all the Edinburgh derby matches are scheduled to be played...
1. The first game
Hearts kick off their campaign by travelling to St Johnstone on a match currently scheduled for August 5. Photo: Paul Devlin - SNS Group
2. First home game
Tynecastle's curtain raiser sees Kilmarnock come to town. The match is currently set for August 12 but this will very likely change to the following day with Hearts in Europe the Thursday prior. Photo: Roddy Scott - SNS Group
3. First clash with Aberdeen
Aberdeen managed to pip Hearts to third place last season. With the Gorgie side desperate to reclaim the best-of-the-rest spot, getting the upper-hand in these games will be key. The first meeting sees the Dons come to Tynecastle on September 16. Photo: Mark Scates - SNS Group
4. First Edinburgh derby
Hibs travel to Tynecastle on October 7. The two sides had an even league head-to-head in 2022/23, winning one each and drawing the other two. Photo: Ross Parker - SNS Group