After denting Falkirk’s title charge at Palmerston last weekend, Queen of the South have the chance to do the same thing to league leaders Dundee tomorrow. Queens have four wins and a draw in their last five matches and moved from eighth to fourth in the table as a result. The Dees, meanwhile, have won six of their previous eight away matches but lost their last match on the road at Falkirk. Paul Hartley’s new side have won just one of their last seven matches in Dumfries – they’ve tasted victory there only nine times in 36 league visits.
Falkirk will be looking to bounce back after last week’s disappointment when they travel to take on play-off chasing Dumbarton. Gary Holt’s men have the joint worst away record in the top half with 12 points from 11 matches, while Ian Murray’s side have won just three home league games – only bottom club Greenock Morton have a poorer record. The teams contrast in terms of goals: Dumbarton’s last four league matches have featured 22 goals, more than in Falkirk’s last 11. The Sons have not won any of their last six home matches against the Bairns, with their last success coming way back in 1986. The great Tommy Coyle netted a late winner in a 2-1 win at Boghead.
After picking up four draws in their last six matches, Stranraer will be looking to return to winning ways against a struggling Arbroath at Stair Park. Paul Sheerin’s side have picked up just five points from their last 14 matches and only goal difference is keeping them ahead of Airdrieonians in tenth. The Lichties have collected one point from their last ten away matches, when the Blues have six wins in their last seven league games at home. The last seven meetings between the sides have yielded 31 goals, an average of 4.4 per game. If such a trend continues, it is likely Arbroath will be the ones conceding – they have the worst defensive record in the league, while Stranraer have the best behind Rangers.
Airdrieonians have the chance to move off the foot of the table for the first time since October when they host a resurgent Brechin City. Airdrie have managed to avoid defeat in three consecutive league matches for the first time since 2011-12, but Ray McKinnon’s boys have won four of their last five matches, with the only defeat coming at Ibrox. Goals should be expected – Airdrie have gone a whopping 22 league games without keeping a clean sheet, while only Arbroath have conceded more away goals than Brechin. Furthermore, both teams have scored in each of their last 15 league meetings (play-off fixtures notwithstanding).
Peterhead can consolidate their position at the summit of League 2 when they welcome third place Clyde to Balmoor. Jim McInally’s side have lost just one of their last 13 matches have built up a seven point advantage as a result. Clyde are unbeaten in three matches and appear to be back on track after a poor run of results at the turn of the year. The Blue Toon remain unbeaten at home in the league this season but they have drawn six of their 11 matches, including a 1-1 tie with the Bully Wee earlier in the campaign. Jim Duffy’s team have the best away defensive record in the division, but only Queen’s Park have scored fewer goals on the road. The sides have met seven times in the league at Balmoor and Clyde have yet to taste victory – they’ve picked up for draws and three defeats. Their only ever win at the ground came in a League Cup tie back in August 2005.
The battle for the play-off places intensifies at the Galabank as Annan Athletic (second) take on East Stirlingshire (fourth). Annan have lost just one of their last seven league matches, while the Shire have just one win in seven away from home. Both sides have been defensively solid in recent weeks, with Annan conceding just four goals and the Shire losing two in their last five. Although the Shire have won on their last two trips to the Galabank, the home team still have the overall upper hand with eight wins in 12 meetings.
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