King’s Park, Kick-Off: 2pm
Hearts host Queen’s Park in a game that is important in both the title and relegation race.
Hearts are third in the table, and three points behind the leaders Glasgow Girls with the title race promising twists and turns each week. And with second-placed Hamilton Academical playing Glasgow Girls in a later kick-off, it means Hearts has a chance to go temporarily top – and to put pressure on their rivals. This is made even more important when you look at their next two fixtures are against Hamilton Academical and Glasgow Girls. Lose today, and the title could be put out of their reach.
Queen’s Park need to win for very different reasons. The Hampden club is bottom of the SWPL 2 table, nine points away from safety and with an inferior goal difference. Fail to win, and they will be down. If they and Buchan lose their games (or both win theirs), then Queen’s Park can mathematically survive but they would have to overturn a difference in goal difference of around 60. To survive, Buchan must lose and Queen’s Park win. When you compare the form over the past five games you realise how difficult it is going to be for them. In that period, Hearts picked up ten points whilst Queen’s Park have won just three.
Hearts has won both of the games between the sides by convincing margins.
Hearts cannot drop lower than their current position, but could end the day in second or first if they win – depending on the result of the game between Hamilton and Glasgow Girls. A draw could be enough for them to move up to second. Queen’s Park can move up to seventh with a win, but they will be more concerned about the Buchan result.