Kilmarnock vs Hearts Match Info
Date: Friday February 1 2019
Kick-off time: 7.45pm GMT
Venue: Rugby Park
Kilmarnock vs Hearts Head-To-Head Record
Last 3 matches
November 10 2018: Hearts 0-1 Kilmarnock
August 25 2018: Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts
May 13 2018: Kilmarnock 1-0 Hearts
Total head-to-head league matches played: 226
Kilmarnock wins: 79
Hearts wins: 89
Kilmarnock vs Hearts Stats
- Under 2.5 goals have been scored, and a clean sheet kept, in all of Kilmarnock’s last five home matches against Hearts
- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in eight of the latest 10 matches between these clubs at either ground
- Only one of Kilmarnock’s last 16 home league games has ended as a draw
Kilmarnock vs Hearts Match Preview
Kilmarnock are fancied to give their hopes of securing European football for the first time in 18 seasons a major boost by winning at home to Hearts.
Killie’s dramatic improvement under manager Steve Clarke over the last 14 months has been one of the big talking points in Scottish football and they are now capable of mixing it with Celtic and Rangers at the top of the Premiership table.
Winning the title is probably still beyond the Ayrshire club, but they are level with second-placed Rangers and a top-three finish would be enough to put Kilmarnock back into Europe for the first time since 2001-02; fourth may also do it depending on who lifts the Scottish Cup.
Hearts, meanwhile, appear heavily reliant upon their on-loan Norwich striker Steven Naismith.
When they are without the Scotland international they struggle, such as during his injury absence in November and December and suspension for the recent 2-1 home defeat to Dundee. Even if Naismith is not scoring goals, Hearts are better for his presence in the team.
The 32-year-old should be available here, but Kilmarnock are in terrific form at home with six straight wins since the start of December and we are expecting them to bring up the magnificent seven.
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