Championship side Partick Thistle face two huge games this week. They play Hearts at Tynecastle on Tuesday night in the Scottish Cup, followed by a trip to Falkirk on Saturday.

Few will admit it, but the league game is more important than the cup tie, even with a semi-final place on the line.

Being honest, Thistle will be rank outsiders to pull off a shock win at Tynecastle. They were fortunate to get a 1-1 draw in the first game, a game which Hearts dominated.

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Perhaps the best they can hope for is a creditable defeat.

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The game against Falkirk is far more important. It could have huge ramifications in the battle to avoid relegation from the Championship.

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The Jags are one point behind Falkirk in the battle for eighth place and avoiding the promotion/relegation play-offs.

A win for Gary Caldwell’s side on Saturday would move them above Falkirk and clear of the relegation places at last.

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Obviously getting to the Scottish Cup semi-final to play Inverness would be a huge achievement for Partick. But avoiding relegation to the First Division is far more important.

The two games Partick are playing this week are their biggest for a long time. The most important is the Falkirk game. But with a Scottish Cup semi-final on the line, few will admit that at this moment in time.


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