Leaders Partick Thistle are not involved in league action this weekend due to their participation in the Challenge Cup final, so second placed Greenock Morton will hope to move to within two points with a win at home to Airdrie United. Morton lost to Raith Rovers last weekend, so they will be hoping to avoid losing consecutive league games for the first time this season. Allan Moore’s team are unbeaten in their last five matches at Cappielow, winning four and drawing with title rivals Partick Thistle.
Airdrie are ten points adrift at the bottom and look doomed to relegation unless Dunfermline are handed a substantial points deduction. The Diamonds have picked up just two points from their last ten league matches and have lost their last four away matches. Under their current guise, Airdrie have played seven league matches at Cappielow and have yet to record a win – their only victory in Greenock came in a Challenge Cup tie in August 2003.
Cowdenbeath currently occupy the relegation play-off spot, and could do with picking up three points away to Falkirk to boost their chances of reeling in Dumbarton. Cowden have lost their last three league matches but two of those came against leaders Partick Thistle, while the other came against second placed Morton. Falkirk come into the game off the back of three consecutive wins, all of which were away from home, and will be looking for a fourth victory ahead of next weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final. The Bairns are unbeaten in their last six home matches against Cowden, winning five and drawing one. Margaret Thatcher had just become the UK’s first female Prime Minister the last time The Blue Brazil won away to Falkirk – a 3-0 victory at Brockville in May 1979.
Struggling East Fife visit a Forfar Athletic side who are battling for a place in the play-offs. The Fifers have gone 11 games without a win, and have slumped from sixth to ninth in the table as a result. Forfar, meanwhile, have been the model of inconsistency – they have not won or lost more than two consecutive league matches since the start of November – but they still find themselves in the final play-off place. Goals look to be guaranteed: the last eight matches between the sides have featured a total of 35, and there have been three or more goals scored in each of those games.
Stranraer sit just two points ahead of East Fife, and face a tough challenge when they welcome Brechin City to Stair Park. Brechin have lost just three of their 20 league matches under Ray McKinnon, and all of those came against the runaway champions Queen of the South. If you exclude those matches, they have picked up 45 points from 17 games against the other sides in the league. Stranraer have won three of their last six home matches, climbing out of the relegation play-off place as a result. Brechin are unbeaten in their last nine matches against Stranraer, winning eight and drawing one since Stranraer’s last win back in September 2006.
With the title decided last weekend, the focus moves onto the play-off battle, with third place Montrose taking on in-form Stirling Albion. Montrose have hit a bit of a blip recently, winning just one of their last four matches, but they still remain two points ahead of fifth placed Berwick Rangers. The Binos have lost just one of their last 12 league matches, but might have left it just too late to push for the final play-off spot. Both teams have scored in the last six meetings between these clubs, with a total of 25 goals scored.
Peterhead currently occupy the final play-off spot, and they welcome East Stirlingshire to Balmoor on Saturday. Peterhead have climbed back into the play-off places after winning their last three games without conceding a goal – a clean sheet on Saturday would see them equal a club record of four consecutive clean sheets in the SFL. Meanwhile, East Stirlingshire have slumped from sixth to tenth after losing their last five games. Peterhead have won their last 13 home matches against the Shire, with the Ochilview club failing to score on any of their last nine visits in the league.
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