Partick v Arbroath
Partick Thistle look strong value to move on in the Scottish League Cup when they play host to fellow Championship outfit Arbroath on Tuesday. Thistle sit second in the league and have made a fine start to the season, having won seven of their nine competitive matches this season, in stark contrast to their guests, who sit bottom after three successive losses.
Underpinning Partick’s strong start to the season has been an excellent record at home. After winning their two matches in the group stages of this competition, they have built on that success with seven points from three games. They have had back-to-back home matches in the league, easily overcoming Inverness and then beating Raith Rovers last Saturday.
Arbroath, meanwhile, are in miserable form, having lost three games in succession. The bubble seems to have burst after they surprisingly went close to promotion last term. This is what was expected of them a year ago. At the weekend against Hamilton, they were forced to play more than 30 minutes with 10 men, which would have drained them physically, while they also lost starting left-back Colin Hamilton due to injury.
The Red Lichties did go unbeaten against Partick last season, but they still appear to be at an inflated price because of what they achieved a year ago. This Arbroath side is not what it was, while Partick, who post no injury issues to speak of, look a team full of confidence – especially at home.
Annan v Aberdeen
Hot off the back of a 5-0 win over Livingston at the weekend, look for Aberdeen to make short work of League Two outfit Annan in the League Cup on Tuesday. Jim Goodwin’s side have been in excellent form since the start of the season, winning seven of their nine fixtures, with one of two defeats coming against Celtic away from home.
The Dons have also treated the League Cup seriously – and with no European football to distract them this season, their fans expect them to. They moved through the groups with four wins from four, including easy victories against League Two sides Dumbarton (2-0) and Stirling (5-0). Both of these clubs have already beaten Annan this season. Furthermore, the nature of Aberdeen’s weekend victory meant that they could take a string of players off with 20 minutes of the match remaining, hinting that a strong team will be deployed at Galabank.
Indeed, Annan come into this game in a rather beat-up state. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three matches and required a 92nd-minute goal at the weekend to salvage a draw against Albion Rovers. It was just their fourth point of a campaign that has seen them lose three of five already.
Galabank is not an intimidating venue for big teams to visit. The artificial surface may take some adapting too but is better than a rutted park. Last season they suffered a 3-0 Scottish Cup loss to a Rangers second string who scored all their goals in the first 35 minutes. With Aberdeen intent on progressing, look for them to try to replicate that display.
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