FC Hearts hosts Dundee FC in round 1 of the Scottish Championship. The match will be played on Friday, October 16th at Tynecastle Stadium (Edinburgh)
Hearts actually suffered more than others in the country after the decision of the organizers and managers to end the 2019/2020 championship ahead of schedule. At that time, they took the last place. It is far from certain that it would have been possible to fix it, but the club was deprived of a chance for salvation. Of course, a lot has changed after that, especially since the downtime lasted for more than half a year. Many players have gone, including the young talent Hickey. But the team showed a quite good game, judging by the friendly matches, as well as by the League Cup meetings that have already taken place in recent weeks.
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Dundee is a rather respected club. There were victories in the Scottish Cup and even a champion’s title in its history. However, the Dark Blues are much more familiar (especially in recent seasons) with the vicissitudes of the local Championship. The team managed to escape from it in the middle of this decade. But after spending several years in the Premiership, Dundee relegated in 2019. At the same time, a former football player James McPake became a manager (he played since 2014 and ended his career here in 2018). He did well, although his players were in 3rd place at the time of the suspension of the championship. Perhaps the young specialist deserves one more chance. Like the first opponent in the championship, Dundee looked confident in cup matches and scored a lot. By the way, Hearts played on Tuesday, so the Dark Blues have more time to rest and prepare for the match of the first round of the Championship.
Games in the League Cup are not an indicator of the real strength of the teams. One thing is clear - it will be difficult for both of them at the beginning of the championship, and it is hardly worth waiting for many goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored