Date : 17 JULY 2019
Time : 2 ： 45 AM
Match : Cowdenbeath vs Hearts
Cowdenbeath will play their 2nd home game of the season as they host Hearts at Central Park. Can the Jambos take all 3 points?
Cowdenbeath will continue their preparations for the upcoming season during this weekday game as they welcome Hearts for their second competitive home fixture. Manager Gary Bollan will want his side to push for promotion this time around, as the Dundonian miraculously saved the club from relegation in his first season in charge.
Their most recent campaign in League Two was a relative success, as Bollan was able to save his side from having to worry about relegation- finishing a huge 24 points ahead of bottom placed Berwick Rangers- but not nearly good enough to reach the promotion positions, falling short of a play-off spot by 19 points.
The Blue Brazil have had a fairly short pre-season so far, playing and losing both their friendlies- to Airdrieonians and Raith Rovers- before their opening game at home to East Fife, which they eventually won 2-0.
After an excruciating final few months of the 2018/2019 season, Hearts are still without a win in competitive football since mid-April when they beat Inverness CT 3-0 in the Scottish Cup.
The Jambos couldn’t win any of their final 5 Premiership fixtures, drawing just once with Hibs in the last Edinburgh derby of the season. To make matters worse, Craig Levein’s side wasn’t even able to defeat Celtic in the Scottish Cup final, handing the Glasgow club yet another treble.
Hearts have struggled a bit during pre-season and haven’t won games that they should really be winning. A 2-0 defeat to Arbroath at the end of June was soon followed by a convincing 7-0 thrashing of Shelbourne, before losing again to Glenavon. The Jambos hosted Inverness CT in Angus Beith’s testimonial, which ended 1-1. Their most recent outing ended as another 1-1 draw with Dundee United, although Levein’s men got a bonus point after defeating their opponents in the penalty shoot-out.
Despite being at a disadvantage due to the game being played away from home, Hearts are still the clear favourites to win this game. However, the Jambos have already struggled in recent games to put down teams that are clearly inferior to them, so Levein would do well to eliminate any complacency from his players’ minds. Anything other than a defeat would be a victory for Cowdenbeath, and they could take advantage of Hearts’ lacklustre defence. We’re going to back Hearts to win and both teams to score, with a final outcome of 4-1 to the Edinburgh club.
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