Hearts manager Robbie Neilson admits that his side will be motivated by the controversial ending to the 2019/20 season that saw Dundee change their vote over how the campaign should end and condemn the Jambos to relegation to the Championship.

The sides met on the opening day of the season last term, with Hearts thrashing Dundee 6-2 and Neilson knows the Dens Park side will be eager to get some revenge now they are back in the top-flight – as well as being the first side to beat the Jambos this season.

Dundee v Hearts Scottish Championship

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Neilson predicts there will be a good atmosphere a Tynecastle this weekend when the sides go head-to-head as he anticipates the “historical stuff” having a lingering effect on both fanbases.

“We know Dundee will be up for it coming to Tynecastle. We are unbeaten so far and Dundee will want to be the first team to win against us, but we have our own motivations as well,” Neilson said [EEN].

“Not only in the league this season, but the historical stuff last year is something that we need to make sure we remember going into the game. I think there will be a good atmosphere on the day, let’s say that.


“Hopefully we can match that on the pitch. We played Dundee in the Championship at Tynecastle last season and got two good results but there were no fans there.

“Even without supporters, you still felt the build-up externally. Bumping into fans, you knew it was an important one for them and I’m sure it will be the same on Saturday.”

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