Hearts take on St Mirren in a huge bottom-of-the-table clash tonight – and victory is paramount for the Jambos.

Daniel Stendel’s men, despite taking four points from their last two Premiership outings, have slipped back to the bottom of the pile after two brilliant wins from Hamilton.

Brian Rice’s side have moved up to 10th place now, with St Mirren dropping into the relegation play-off place.

Stendel takes his Hearts side to Mirren on Wednesday (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hearts can trade places with the Buddies if they win by a big enough margin, which would be a huge psychological boost going forwards for the Edinburgh club.


St Mirren were comfortably beaten 5-0 by Celtic at the weekend and will desperately want to respond.

Here’s how Stendel could set his team up:


Goalkeeper – Zlamal

Veteran Czech stopper Zdenek Zlamal was tested at times against Motherwell, but did produce one truly outstanding save from Jermaine Hylton. He’s started each of the last three Premierships games and the cup win over Rangers and should keep his place.

Defence – Smith, Dikamona, Halkett, Hickey

Clevid Dikamona and Craig Halkett have done well together since the injury to John Souttar and another big performance is needed from the pair in Paisley.

Dikamona scored against St Mirren last season (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Michael Smith has played at holding midfield on several occasions but the form of Oliver Bozanic and Loic Damour may see him revert back to his natural position.

Midfield – Clare, Damour, Bozanic, Moore

Bozanic has scored a couple of goals recently play from the left, but young Lewis Moore could get the nod from Stendel for this one with the Australian to move in-field alongside Loic Damour.

Utility man Sean Clare picked up a knock against Motherwell and left the action before the half-hour mark, but he surely has to play if the star is fully recovered.

Attack – Naismith, Washington

Skipper Naismith has started seven of the last eight Premiership games and could take up his usual position of playing just off the frontman.

A big performance needed from the captain (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Conor Washington is something of a man in form right now having scored in back-to-back games for the Jambos, and his form could be key to Hearts coming away from the game with three massive points.

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