The international break is over as domestic football takes its place front and centre for the next few months, and Heart of Midlothian are back in action this weekend with a home fixture against St Johnstone to look forward to.

In the Wednesday briefing, Joel Sked and James Cairney look ahead to Saturday's encounter that kicks off a busy run of matches throughout December.

How important is it for Steven Naismith's side to get points on the board ahead of a demanding festive fixure list? What can we expect to see from Craig Levein's Saints? What players should play for Hearts, and in what system? And how many points can Hearts realistically pick up before the winter break?

Our writers discuss all this and more in Wednesday's briefing, which you can watch in the player below.

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