With the start of the A-League fast approaching, we look at significant numbers ahead of our third campaign, starting with the number 27.

Only 27 days remain until our blockbuster opening season derby against Melbourne Victory, as the countdown to the eighth Hyundai A-League campaign hots up.

Heart, along with all the other nine competing teams, will play 27 matches each throughout the 2012-13 season, with Heart playing 13 matches at home and 14 away throughout the season.

All home matches will be played at AAMI Park, while this year the Red & White will play a ‘regional fixture- at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, which is Wellington Phoenix-s home match, on Monday March 3.

Last season, Heart secured a finals berth with nine wins, 10 draws and eight losses from its 27 matches, earning 37 points and scoring 35 goals along the way.

One of Heart-s off-season signings, Liberian international Patrick Gerhardt, is 27 years old and celebrated his birthday on 31 July this year.

Heart secured Gerhardt-s signature on 22 June, from Bosnia and Herzegovinian club side FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo.

Last season, midfielder Craig Goodwin wore the number 27.