Hearts fans have say on starting XI as team look to avoid draw history

Robbie Neilson has selected the same Hearts XI which defeated Alloa Athletic 6-0 for this evening’s match with Greenock Morton.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 6:36 pm
Craig Gordon plays following recent birth of his son. Picture: SNS

Craig Gordon starts in goal following the recent birth of his son, while Jamie Walker isn’t in the squad.

It will likely be a 3-4-1-2 once more with Shay Logan and Andy Halliday on the flanks and Liam Boyce in behind Armand Gnanduillet and Euan Henderson.

The team will be looking to become the first in Hearts’ history to draw five successive league matches away from home, as per HeartsTV commentator Laurie Dunsire.

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Yet, they could become the first to score exactly six in four league games in a single season, having already done so against Dundee, Queen of the South and Alloa.

Looking at the stats, Hearts will be expected to dominate.

The league winners have the highest average share of possession (62.9 per cent), while Morton have the lowest (43). Hearts average 14.40 shots per 90 minutes, giving up 7.16, the highest and lowest in the Championship respectively.

It is vice versa for Morton. They concede the most shots (13.12) and take the fewest (7.81).

Fans have had their say on the game and starting XI:

@HotOyster: “Lots of goals please. Get in tae 'em.”

@LiamGMck: “Decent starting 11 from us in a meaningless fixture.. announce super league.”

@DMcIver22: “Same as Alloa- happy with it.”

@TalkinTynie: “Would have liked to see McGill get some game-time. Didn’t Neilson say that youth players would be getting opportunities in the last few games?”

@pureraygin: “Hopefully play with the same tempo as the last game.”

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