LEADERS Greenock Morton will look to put last weekend’s cup humiliation behind them when they travel to Airdrie United on Saturday. Allan Moore’s side remain unbeaten away from home in the league this season, winning five and drawing five of their games on the road. Meanwhile, the Diamonds have not won at home since defeating Dumbarton 4-1 on the opening day of the season – their winless run at New Broomfield stretches to a club record of ten league matches. Since Airdrie took on their current guise in 2002, they have hosted Morton on eight occasions, and there have been four wins apiece with no draws. Those eight matches have featured a whopping 36 goals – an average of 4.5 goals per game. It has been a case of feast or famine for Morton in these fixtures – they failed to score in any of their four defeats there, but notched three, four, five and six goals in their four wins.
Second place Partick Thistle travel to Kirkcaldy to face Raith Rovers, and the Jags will be hoping that their away form will improve under new management. Jackie McNamara failed to win any of his last seven away league matches in charge of Thistle – their last success away from Firhill came against Livingston in September. Raith have lost their last four matches in all competitions, and have won just one of their last ten in the league. Thistle have won just once in seven visits to Stark’s Park since Raith were promoted back to Division One in 2009.
Brechin City welcome Stranraer to Glebe Park with the two sides involved in play-off battles at the opposite ends of the table. Brechin have won all five home games since Ray McKinnon took over, climbing from eighth to third in the table in the process. Stranraer, on the other hand, have lost eight of their 11 away matches, and sit in the relegation play-off place as a result. Brechin are unbeaten in nine games against Stranraer, winning eight and drawing the other.
Albion Rovers could do with a win when Arbroath visit Cliftonhill on Saturday. Rovers beat the Red Lichties 4-0 in Coatbridge in October, but have taken just four points from 11 league matches since then, slipping to the bottom of the table. Arbroath have not travelled well this season – Paul Sheerin’s side have just one away win all season and that came way back in August. These sides were promoted together from Division Three in 2010-11, and their meetings in this division have been high-scoring affairs with 25 goals in six matches.
The top two meet for a Glasgow derby as leaders Rangers welcome Queen’s Park to Ibrox. The Spiders will be aiming to avoid becoming the first side to lose three times to Rangers in the league this season – Annan, Elgin, Montrose and Peterhead have all taken a point from one of their three meetings with the Gers. Gardner Spiers’ side have a poor record in Glasgow this season – they have won just three of their 12 league matches in their home city.
Elgin City host Annan Athletic as both sides aim to make a late push for the play-offs. Annan have won just once in 11 away games this season, but go into the game on a four match unbeaten run. Elgin have not won a league game in two months – they have fallen from second to fifth after a run of three draws and four defeats in their last seven. This will be the 20th meeting of the two sides since Annan joined the league in 2008 – Annan have won eight matches to Elgin’s five so far. Annan even have the upper hand in matches played at Borough Briggs, winning four matches to Elgin’s three.
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