Dundee will host Hearts at the Kilmac Stadium in round 19 of the Scottish Premiership. This will be the second meeting between the two clubs this season, after their previous match ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams lost their previous games and will look to return to winning ways.
Hearts dominated the last match played between the two teams. They had 70% of the ball possession and attempted more shots than their opponents. Hearts attempted 18 shots, with an accuracy rate of 16.67%, and their xG rate was two. Dundee, on the other hand, attempted seven shots and hit the target only once. The xG rate of the team was 0.41, and 14 positional attacks were attempted by Dundee players. In the above viz, we can observe that Hearts dominated the first half.
Dundee have taken 16 points in 18 games. The team has won four, drawn four, and lost ten matches this season. They have scored 17 goals with an expected goal rate of 16.43. Dundee have the worst defensive record in the Scottish Premiership this season. The team has conceded 34 goals and have the highest xGA rate of 30.38. They have lost their previous three fixtures and face a tough opponent this weekend.
Luke McCowan is the top goal-scorer for Dundee with four goals. He scored a brace against Ross County in the gameweek 18. Paul McMullan has six assists to his name but hasn’t managed to provide goal contributions in the last five matches. Dundee will be without defender Ryan Sweeney due to suspension. Charlie Adam was arrested for drink driving, and his inclusion is still a concern for the manager.
Hearts have lost three out of the last five fixtures. They suffered a 0-2 loss against the Rangers in the previous round. Hearts have scored 26 goals and conceded 17. The xG rate of the team is 25.73, with an attempted 214 shots. 82 shots have been on target and the team averages five shots on target per match.
Liam Boyce is the top goal-scorer for Hearts and has managed to score on seven occasions. Josh Ginnelly will miss the match due to suspension. Jamie Brandon is another absentee for the away team. He received a red card in the last game against the Rangers.
Hearts will look to return to winning ways after losing four out of the seven matches played recently. They have collected 12 points out of the possible 30, but remain in the top three. Dundee have lost their last three games and will hope to perform well against a top-ranked Hearts team.