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FC Zurich vs Hearts Predictions

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Over 2.5 Match Goals

Reason for tip

Including pre-season friendlies, over 2.5 goals has been a winning bet in 16 of FC Zurich’s last 21 matches, and in 12 of the last 14 contests to feature Hearts. FC Zurich lost 5-4 on aggregate to Qarabag in the Champions League qualifiers, and have averaged two goals against in their domestic league this term.

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Draw 2-2

Reason for tip

Zurich did score 78 goals en route to the Swiss top-flight title last season, but have won just one of their last five competitive home matches. Hearts have netted seven goals in their first three Scottish Premiership games, and should trouble the hosts’ rearguard.

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FC Zurich vs Hearts Predictions

  • 16 of the last 21 matches played by FC Zurich (including friendlies) have contained over 2.5 goals.
  • Meanwhile, Hearts have seen 12 of their last 14 outings contain over 2.5 goals.
  • Zurich scored 78 goals in 36 games en route to winning the Swiss title last season.

Swiss champions make slow start

Having raced to their first Swiss top-flight title in 13 years last season, scoring 78 goals in 36 league matches along the way, FC Zurich are propping up the Super League after five games of the current campaign, failing to record a win and conceding 10 goals. Their dire form may mean Thursday’s Europa League play-off tie comes at the perfect time for Hearts, but they should still expect a tough challenge.

Indeed, Zurich’s defensive woes have seen them average two goals against per game in the Swiss Super League since Franco Foda replaced Andre Breitenreiter in the dugout, and they also lost a thrilling Champions League qualifying tie against Qarabag, 5-4 on aggregate. 16 of Zurich’s last 21 matches – including friendlies – have now contained over 2.5 goals, as they struggle to adapt following the departures of a few key players, including last season’s top scorer Assan Ceesay.

Robbie Nielson’s Hearts, meanwhile, have made a strong start to the Scottish Premiership season, claiming seven points and scoring seven goals in their opening three fixtures, including a 4-1 thrashing of Dundee United last time out. The Edinburgh club have also seen goals become a key feature of recent games, with 12 of their last 14 contests containing over 2.5 goals (including pre-season outings), and they should be confident of testing an out-of-form defence.

Hearts can trouble Zurich

Given Zurich’s awful start to their first title defence since 2009-10, backing them to beat Hearts in an unpredictable clash is not advised, with over 2.5 goals instead looking a prudent play.

Meanwhile, Zurich have won just one of their last five competitive home matches and their defensive failings suggest Hearts could clinch a valuable result; a 2-2 draw could represent a lucrative correct score punt.

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