THE title race rumbles on with both Greenock Morton and Partick Thistle facing trips to Fife. Morton face a trip to Kirkcaldy to take on a Raith Rovers side who have won just two of their last nine matches at Stark’s Park. In their last 17 matches, Raith have only managed to record wins over Airdrie (twice) and Dumbarton. Morton have lost only one of their 14 matches away from Cappielow this season, and have lost just three of their 26 league matches. Raith have scored eight times in their last two home matches against Morton, with Brian Graham bagging a double in each of those games.
Partick Thistle, meanwhile, will return at Central Park for the second time in four days to take on Cowdenbeath and will be hoping to match Wednesday’s comfortable 3-0 win. Cowden have only lost one of their last eight home league matches, but that game against the Jags on Wednesday. Thistle have won their last seven league games and are unbeaten in ten, scoring 18 times in their last five league matches – they have not won eight consecutive league matches since 1983. Thistle have won all four matches against Cowden this season, but three of those victories has been by a single goal.
The battle for the play-off places will continue as Forfar Athletic welcome Arbroath to Station Park. The sides are locked together on 39 points, with Forfar currently occupying the final play-off place by virtue of a superior goal difference. Arbroath have won three of their last four away matches, having previously won just one away match all season, while Forfar have scored ten times in their last three home fixtures. There is little to separate these sides historically – in 140 meetings in national competitions, they have 51 wins apiece.
At the other end of the table, East Fife will be looking to escape the relegation play-off place when they travel to Somerset Park to take on Ayr United. The Honest Men look to be secure in mid-table, but a few good results could see them gatecrash the promotion play-off battle, but a defeat on Saturday may have them looking over their shoulders. East Fife have gone six away matches without a win, but their last victory on the road came at their last trip to Ayr. The Fifers have drawn four and lost five of their last nine matches, but have scored in all but one of those games to suggest it may be their defence which is responsible for their poor form. The matches between the sides this season have been high-scoring affairs – there have been 16 goals in three games so far, with the sides scoring eight apiece.
Rangers may have taken slightly longer than expected to seal the title, but they could finally clinch it this Saturday at Montrose if they better Queen’s Park’s result. If they do win the league, it would be the third time in the 19-year history of the Third Division that the title has been sealed in March. The earliest success was that of East Fife in 2007-08 – they secured the title on the 15th March. EF won that title with six games to spare – the only team to win the title with so many games remaining. Rangers would have five left if they seal it on Saturday.
Rangers’ visit to Links Park is an early kick-off for TV, so even if they win they will not know if they are champions until the afternoon matches have been completed. The sides have met three times this season, and both teams have scored in each of those matches. David Gray has scored for Montrose in each of their last two games against Rangers, so the Ibrox side will be looking to sail away from Links Park without letting him score this weekend.
The title party could be delayed, however, if Queen’s Park pick up a win over Elgin City at Hampden. The Spiders have won just four of their 13 home league matches this season, but Elgin have just three wins out of 15 away from home. City have lost seven of their last eight matches, and have just two wins and three draws in their last 15. This will be the 20th league meeting of the sides at Hampden – Queen’s Park have ten wins to Elgin’s five so far.
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