Motherwell vs Hearts: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Following their triumph in the Europa Conference League match played in Latvia the previous week, Hearts will want to continue their winning ways in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday when they take on Motherwell at Fir Park. Motherwell will be Hearts’ opponent in this matchup.

Both teams now have 10 points after six matches, with only Celtic and Rangers ahead of them in the standings at this juncture; nevertheless, both will be looking to improve on performances that were less than satisfactory prior to the postponements that occurred over the weekend.

Match Preview: Motherwell vs Hearts

Motherwell lost 3-0 at Sligo Rovers in Europa League qualifying to open the season. In their Scottish Premiership opening, Kevin van Veen’s penalty defeated St. Mirren 1-0. Steven Hammell’s squad lost at home to St Johnstone, but they won back-to-back games.

First, Callum Slattery and van Veen scored to defeat Aberdeen 3-2 away. The Well then beat Livingston 1-0 at home, with van Veen scoring again, before losing 2-1 at Kilmarnock, having led via van Veen until the 70th minute.

Motherwell played Dundee United at home after losing to Inverness Caley Thistle 4-0 in the Scottish League Cup. Motherwell drew. Hammell’s team has 10 points after six games after a break for Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

They want to win again and go ahead of a Premiership rival. Hearts are optimistic following a continental success after a difficult season. The Jam Tarts started well in the Scottish first flight, beating Ross County and Dundee United before losing 3-1 on aggregate to FC Zurich.

Lawrence Shankland’s 81st-minute penalty beat St. Johnstone 3-2. First league loss against Celtic. Kilmarnock and Livingston won 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup and Premiership.

They fell 4-0 against Istanbul Basaksehir in their Europa League opener. Shankland and Alan Forrest helped Robbie Neilson’s club beat Rigas Futbola Skola 2-0 on Thursday. Sunday’s win will help the Hearts regain league form.

Team News: Motherwell vs Hearts

Kevin van Veen, who has scored seven of Motherwell’s nine goals this season (four in six league games), will once again be the team’s offensive leader.

Although new left defender Matt Penney will hold his starting spot, loanee winger Rolando Aarons from Huddersfield Town will try to unseat him.

The midfield trio of Sean Goss, Callum Slattery, and Ross Tierney should stay intact, although prolific forward Louis Moult, who left in 2018, has returned on loan from Burton Albion and is also competing for a spot in the front three.

Center defender Kye Rowles was also out for Hearts’ trip to Rigas due to an injury, joining forward Liam Boyce and midfielder Beni Baningime, all of whom have been sidelined for an extended period of time.

But Craig Halkett has returned to the defense after his own absence, and he may join Stephen Kingsley in the center of the back four, with Nathaniel Atkinson vying to replace Michael Smith on the right side.

And Cammy Devlin and Jorge Grant expected to keep their starting positions in the engine room. Without Boyce, Lawrence Shankland will continue to lead the attack; he has scored five goals across all competitions since joining the club in the summer from Beerschot.

However, Josh Ginnelly, Barrie McKay, Alan Forrest, Gary Mackay-Steven, and Stephen Humphrys are all vying for starting roles in the other attacking positions.

  • Potential Motherwell Starting XI: Kelly, McGinn, Lamie, Johansen, Penney, Goss, Slattery, Tierney, Moult, Van Veen, Aarons.
  • The Potential Hearts Starting XI: Gordon, Atkinson, Kingsley, Halkett, Cochrane, Grant, Devlin, Halliday, McKay, Shankland, Forrest.

Our Prediction: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

Following a morale-boosting victory away at Rigas, Hearts should have what it takes to get back to winning ways at Fir Park even though they have not yet reached their full potential in the Scottish Premiership this season. Neilson has a strong squad available to him, and Hearts should be able to return to winning ways at Fir Park.

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