Hearts are big favourites to defeat Inverness in next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final. The Premiership side have the experience and the know-how to defeat the Championship side.

But the Tynecastle side must be aware that they don’t fall into the pitfalls they have suffered in previous years.

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In two occasions in the 1990s, Hearts looked certain to reach the cup final. They faced Airdrieonians on both occasions, but despite being heavy favourites managed to lose both games.

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Since then Hearts have won semi-finals against Hibs and Celtic, but those were games that you knew Hearts would be well up for.

This is the type of game though, that could cause Hearts plenty of problems. It has all the ingredients of an upset. Hearts up against a team managed by one of their best ever players, John Robertson. Craig Levein trying to get over the fact that he has yet to win an honour in football.

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Add in the fact that Steven Naismith won’t be fit for the game, it has all the makings of a difficult day at Hampden Park for the Jambos.

If Hearts play the way they can, they should have the quality to pick up the victory. But it could be a very tough day at Hampden if Levein’s side aren’t up for the fight.


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