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Friday 16th August 1945hrs Football – Scotland – Premiership Pick Motherwell double chance Bookmaker Marathon Bet Odds: 51/100 (odds taken 21.00 GMT, Thursday 15 August) * (Betting Odds were taken from 22Bet on August 14, 2019 at 22.00) The League Cup takes centre stage in Scotland this weekend and the first tie is an all Premiership clash. Motherwell have home advantage against Hearts with both teams looking to kick start their season. Scottish League Cup Betting at Marathon Bet Motherwell Preview – Can 'Well return to winning ways and continue impressive League Cup form? Motherwell blitzed their way through their League Cup group section and fans were getting excited about what lay ahead. The Fir Park club won all four of their games scoring 13 goals in the process and conceding zero.
It was a sparkling start to the campaign but it has been tempered somewhat in the past couple of weeks in their opening two league games. A rather subdued goalless draw away to Livingston was an acceptable enough result but it was far removed from how expansive and attacking their play had been against lower league opposition. The visit of champions Celtic was up next and despite scoring the first goal, Motherwell went down 5-2 at home. It was a sobering defeat and one they will be looking to bounce back from immediately. Manager Stephen Robinson will be trying to take the positives from his team's performances so far.
On one hand they have shown they are capable of scoring goals and have threats all over the park. However, with one point from two league games – and conceding fie at home last week – it suggests there is a bit to go to find the consistency needed to finish in the top six. Putting that together and it's easy to see why they are a dangerous team in cup competitions. Robinson has made no secret of his desire for an extended run in the League Cup and will relish tomorrow's game – particularly playing at home. Both teams to score 5/6 Unibet Hearts Preview – Will Jambos register first win in four attempts to reach quarter finals? There was pressure on Craig Levein before this season started due to a dismal league campaign in 2018/19. Hearts' performances so far this term have done little to ease that pressure and they are already entering a critical stage of their season. Lose against Motherwell tomorrow night and the manager will only come in for even greater criticism. Unlike their opponents in the first knockout phase, the Tynecastle club's group stage performance was much more of a grind. Hearts managed just two wins in regulation time from their four group matches. The two matches that went to penalties ended with one loss and one defeat. Despite their less than convincing performances, it was enough to see them top the group but only as one of the unseeded teams in the draw for this round. Hearts come into tomorrow's game on the back of two poor results in the league. A 3-2 defeat at Aberdeen on the opening day was followed by a very disappointing draw at home to newly promoted Ross County. Not only was it a bad result, the most concerning thing was they were extremely lucky to escape with a point. Key-Facts – Motherwell v Hearts Motherwell strolled their group in this competition – winning all four games and scoring 13 goals in the process Hearts have not had a convincing start to the new season and Craig Levein is coming in for sustained pressure from the fans These two clubs met at in the quarter finals of the League Cup last season – a game Hearts won 4-2 at Tynecastle Motherwell v Hearts Betting Advice MOTHERWELL and Hearts will face off in the Betfred Cup third round after both clubs made it through their respective groups. The Steelmen topped Group E featuring Morton, Queen of the South, Dumbarton and Annan after four wins from four. While the Jambos pipped East Fife to top spot after suffering a shock penalty shootout defeat to the League One side. Both sides are yet to record a win in the Premiership and will be desperate to get fans on their side by progressing to the next round. When is Motherwell vs Hearts? Motherwell host Hearts TOMORROW (Friday 16 August). The game will be played at Fir Park, Kick-off is at 7:45pm. Is Motherwell vs Hearts on TV and can I live stream it? You can watch the game live on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 7:15pm. If you haven't already, you can sign up for BT Sport here. The play-of clash is also available to live stream on the BT Sport app. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page