Dundee v Queen’s Park (Championship)
Backing Queen’s Park’s fixture to have over 2.5 goals is starting to feel like a weekly bet, yet it is one that continues to throw up outstanding value. The Glasgow side continue to be overpriced in this market, perhaps because of their habit of being involved in low-scoring fixtures last season, but with Owen Coyle in charge, they have a very different approach to their football this time around and are far more open and attacking.
QP’s new mindset is reflected in the increasing attractiveness of their games. They have played nine competitive matches this season and seven of these have produced over 2.5 goals. Equally, both teams have scored in all of the nine games. Having won all of their last three, there is not about to be a change in stance ahead of a trip to Dens Park.
Dundee, too, have had a tendency to be involved in attractive matches. Each of their five competitive home games this season has yielded at least 2.5 goals, with the only occasions their matches have not come up to this mark having been away fixtures.
These sides have already met this season and, predictably, produced the goods as Dundee won 2-1 at Queen’s Park’s temporary home of Ochilview in Stenhousemuir. The three goals all arrive in the first 50 minutes of that fixture. Expect more of the same in Saturday’s league encounter.
Clyde v Alloa (League One)
Clyde looked the weakest League One side on paper at the beginning of the season but made a surprisingly confident start to the campaign as they picked up seven points from their first three matches, including an away win over Queen of the South. Since then, they have not looked so smart. Defeats on the road to Montrose and Edinburgh suggest they are dropping back towards what was expected of them in pre-season.
Alloa, meanwhile, are gaining power. The Wasps may have only won two of their five matches this season, but their defeats away to Airdrie and Dunfermline were against full-time opposition. Meanwhile, they are bubbling with confidence after an imposing 5-0 win over Peterhead last weekend. While the Blue Toon are in desperate form, the level that Alloa showed throughout that match suggests that they are poised to go on an improved run of form. Certainly, with Falkirk, Queen of the South, Airdrie and Dunfermline to come in their next five games, they could use a win here.
It is also worth noting that while Clyde won three of the four matches they played against Alloa last season, they suffered defeat in the only one in which the Wasps were led by current manager Brian Reid.
With Conor Sammon and Cammy O’Donnell in excellent form for Alloa, things finally seem to be coming together for them after a tweak in formation a couple of weeks ago. Expect them to cause Clyde real difficulties on Saturday.
Kelty v Falkirk (League One)
Falkirk have picked up a head of steam in League One and will expect to go to Kelty and emerge with three points to enhance their title hopes. Although the visitors suffered a 3-0 loss to Dundee in the League Cup in midweek, they were competitive for a long period of that encounter and only faded in the closing 10 minutes against a good Championship club. A full-time outfit, recovering should not be too great a problem for this game.
Certainly, Falkirk should not be short of confidence. They have won their last three league matches and have scored three goals in each game. This is one of the crucial differences between them and Dunfermline, who were recently held 0-0 in Kelty; Falkirk are better able to create scoring opportunities against deep-lying defences on the early evidence of this season.
Kelty, meanwhile, have had a wretched start to the campaign. They have lost four of their opening five matches and have managed to score just a single goal for the concession of 11. An injury to key forward Nathan Austin has left them bereft of attacking quality, particularly as Kallum Higginbotham is getting up to speed following a minor operation.
Any thoughts that a 0-0 draw against Dunfermline had seen them definitely turn a corner were lost when they were beaten 3-0 by an injury-ravaged Montrose last weekend. Manager John Potter faces a big challenge to turn it around for this game.
This is the first meeting between the clubs.
Stenhousemuir v Stranraer (League Two)
Stenhousemuir have not made the best start to the season, although they did get back on track last weekend to some extent as they picked up a 2-1 win away from home against Forfar. The one common theme in what has been an unpredictable start to the campaign for the Warriors has been goals. Eight of their 10 competitive matches this season have finished with three or more – including each of their last four league matches.
Stranraer have similarly been involved in high-scoring fixtures lately. The Blues’ last three league matches have all ended 2-2, while seven of their 10 competitive fixtures have ended with over 2.5 goals being scored.
The history of this fixture also points to more goals. Remarkably, Stranraer are undefeated in 11 against the Warriors. In four of the last six, there have been four or more goals scored. This includes 3-1 and 4-1 wins for Stranraer on their travels against Stenhousemuir last season.
While there can be little confidence in predicting which way this result might fall given the unpredictable nature of these two sides, the common theme is that whatever they have done this season, it has typically involved an entertaining game for the supporters.
Both teams expect to be higher in the table so they will both be chasing three points, so look for the trend of goals to continue in this encounter.
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