Elgin City v Clyde
One of the top League Two sides in the form of Elgin tackle Clyde on Saturday in the Challenge Cup, with the home side an attractive 2.4 to get the win in normal time in this match.
Elgin are a team in form. They have won nine of their last 12 matches across all competitions, including a 2-1 home victory over Stenhousemuir last weekend. What is perhaps most attractive about them ahead of this fixture is that they are taking this competition seriously. In the previous round against Peterhead, a team slightly behind Clyde in the league standings, they romped to a 4-0 victory away from home.
Certainly, the visiting side will give the hosts little fear. There has been limited evidence of a new-manager bounce at the Hamilton-based club. Clyde did pick up good draws against Dunfermline and Falkirk in the league, but that was followed by a surprise Scottish Cup exit at the hands of League Two opponents Dumbarton – and that was a home game. They subsequently lost 2-0 at home to Edinburgh in the league.
Given the position that Clyde find themselves in the league, this could be an ideal opportunity for new manager Jim Duffy to experiment with his team and see who from the bench can step up. There is already limited quality in this team, and with just one draw and six defeats from their last seven road trips, there is little to lose by switching things up. That could play into the hands of a hungry home team, though.
Queen’s Park v Montrose
Look for Championship side Queen’s Park to continue their excellent recent run of form with a victory over League One outfit Montrose.
QP have been winning matches in eye-catching style lately. Their last four games have all ended in victories, with these fixtures producing a grand total of 14 goals in their favour. Indeed, the last three have seen 12 strikes fly in. By contrast, they have only conceded twice.
They marked a return to Hampden last weekend, meanwhile, with a thumping 4-0 victory over Hamilton, the bottom side in the Championship but still a team better on paper than their guests on Saturday.
Adding to the body of evidence that suggests they should win this match, they played a very strong team in the previous round against Cliftonville away from home. If they do so again, they should have too much for Montrose.
The guests, meanwhile, are their typically competitive selves in League One this season, stationing themselves fourth. They are not in good form at present, though. They are winless in their last three games, including a shock Scottish Cup exit against Darvel a fortnight ago.
Against a Kilmarnock youth team in the previous round of the competition, they mixed up their starting XI to some degree, and even a couple of changes could undermine them in a match like this. It was only when they made changes in the second half that they took control of that game.
Furthermore, away to full-time opponents this season, Montrose have lost four of their five matches, including a 4-2 League Cup loss against Championship side Partick in the summer. Their most recent games against full-time opponents have ended in 4-0 defeats against Queen of the South on November 18 and Airdrie on October 29.
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