Raith Rovers v Hearts preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 2:20

Raith Rovers v Hearts preview

The match had to be rescheduled because of Rovers’ involvement in the Scottish Cup, but their dreams of a trip to Hampden were dashed by their quarter-final defeat in Inverness last week.
Raith went down 2-1 at Queen of the South on Saturday – only their second league defeat since Christmas –  while irrespressible Hearts have recorded 13 wins from 15 league matches and are 20 points ahead of nearest challengers Hibernian and with only 10 games remaining.
Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has said he is likely to rotate his squad as he looks to take another decisive step towards the Championship title.
He told the club’s website: “It’s important to win these games so we must make sure that we put out a strong team. I’m lucky enough to have a big squad so there will be a few (changes) but not a huge amount. We must prepare properly and make sure we get the result we need.”
Hearts were 4-0 winners at Stark’s Park in August – with James Keatings bagging a hat-trick – but Neilson is expecting no favours from Grant Murray’s side this time round.
He said: “I thought Raith had a fantastic start and then they lost a wee bit of form. They had a good cup run and a few good results there and then they took their focus away from the league a bit, which can happen at times.
“I thought last week’s game was a big one for them, down at Queen of the South which they lost, so they’ll be motivated again against us to try and get a last push to try and get into that playoff position. Obviously we’ll take a huge crowd up as well, which will give a great atmosphere on the night.”

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