The game of the day sees two of the pre-season favourites clash at the Falkirk Stadium as Falkirk host early pacesetters Greenock Morton. The last time the Bairns hosted Morton was as recent as the final game of last season, with Gary Holt’s side winning 4-1 thanks to four goals in the final half hour of the game. In spite of that defeat, Morton had the best away record in the division last term and will be hoping for a repeat this year. None of Falkirk’s last 12 home matches against Morton have finished as a draw – the Bairns have seven wins to the Ton’s five in that period. Europop classic “Doctor Jones” by Aqua was at number 1 at the time of the last draw, which happened at Brockville in February 1998.
Elsewhere, relegated Dundee face Alloa Athletic at Dens Park and will be hoping for a better result against this newly promoted side than they managed at Palmerston last week, and John Brown’s side can draw confidence from their 1-0 win at Recreation Park in the Ramsdens Cup in July. This will be just the tenth time the sides have met in the league and just the fourth season that they have been in the same division. Their last meeting came back in April 1978, when current Wasps manager Paul Hartley was just 18-months-old. The sides have never drawn a league match – Dundee have won seven of the previous nine league meetings, with Alloa winning the other two. The last five league meetings were all won by Dundee, who scored a total of 32 goals (6-2, 10-0, 5-3, 6-0, 5-1).
Dunfermline Athletic welcome Arbroath to East End Park as they look to build on last week’s win at East Fife. The Pars lost ten of their 18 home matches in last season’s First Division – only Dumbarton and Airdrieonians lost more – but will take heart from the fact that their visitors managed just 19 goals in 18 away games last season, the third poorest tally in the division (only Stranraer and Albion Rovers scored fewer). The sides have not met in the league since April 1986, when the Pars recorded a 2-0 home win. Tomorrow’s match will be the 35th league meeting of the sides at East End Park, and the Pars have an excellent record against the Red Lichties, picking up 20 wins to their opponents’ seven.
Meanwhile, Airdrieonians will play their first home league match since being renamed in the summer, as they welcome Stenhousemuir to the Excelsior Stadium. Airdrie have not won at home in the league in over a year – their only home win last season came against Dumbarton on the opening day. They did, however, record a 4-3 win over Stenhousemuir in the first round of the League Cup a fortnight ago. Stenhousemuir drew almost half of their away matches last season (eight of 18) – only Elgin City “achieved” more in the entire SFL. The Diamonds have won 12 of their 18 meetings with the Warriors, losing just three. Stenhousemuir’s only previous win at the Excelsior came on their last league visit, back in February 2012.
League leaders East Stirlingshire (it might be the only chance I get to say that) welcome Elgin City to Ochilview this week after last week’s impressive win at Hampden. The Shire have not won their first two league matches of a season since the 1975-76 Division Two season – curiously enough, last week’s opponents Queen’s Park were one of the victims on that occasion. The last six matches between this sides have featured a total of 30 goals, with four or more being scored on each occasion.
Albion Rovers host Clyde, with both sides buoyant after victories last weekend. Clyde have enjoyed almost complete domination in this fixture in the past – in 72 previous meetings they have 43 wins to Rovers’ 12. However, in their last season together back in 2010-11, Rovers took ten points from their four games against Clyde as they gained promotion. Clyde have not beaten Rovers at Cliftonhill since December 1992, although there have only been two meetings since then. Clyde have not drawn any of their last 15 league matches, while Rovers have had just one draw in their last 24 in the league.