Date: 15th October 2016
Hearts fans are starting to look up the way and rightly so.
They are hot on Aberdeen's heels and on Saturday they face a Dundee side who haven't won in seven. But there are still plenty of question marks about The Jambos even if they are beginning to look like a better side than last season.
At home, for example, Hearts have won just two of their last five games. Go further back and that stat gets even worse with just four wins from eleven at Tynecastle. It's not the form you might expect from a cursory glance at the table.
Hearts have had trouble finishing teams off and it's something the 1-3 win at Motherwell doesn't quite alleviate. In reality the win at Motherwell was a little fortunate. Hearts were clinical on that occasion but that's something they haven't been so far. Particularly their main strikers.
Much like the rest of the Hearts side Sammon and Watt have looked the part. They have pace, strength and guile and have caused plenty of problems for opposing defences. But they will be judged on goals and that is where they fall down.
They have two league goals between them in eight appearances apiece. While they look threatening individually they are yet to spark as a partnership. It's a conundrum that Robbie Neilson will need to find an answer to if they are to continue progressing as a side.
Meanwhile Paul Hartley has problems of his own and his own strike partnership is the most pressing. Dundee were always going to find it difficult to replace Stewart and Hemmings Their own green shoots of promise have yet to flourish.
An encouraging performance against Celtic brings hope and the suggestion of sticking to the 3-5-2 formation that was utilised. Much like against Celtic that will likely be 5-3-2 for Saturday's match.
HEARTS V DUNDEE BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS BEST BETTING ODDS
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Both teams have scored in all but one of Hearts' last ten home games.
Both teams have scored in all but one of Dundee's five away games this season.
Head To Head Stats
Both sides share two wins apiece from the last five meetings.
Hearts have won two of the last three games neither of which were at Tynecastle.
Both teams to score
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