After a goalless draw in previous Championship game at home against Dundee United in one of promotional clashes this season, players of Dunfermline remained at the third position for the moment, having thirty-three points earned.
That’s seven points less than second placed Dundee United, being now with same number of points as fourth placed Livingston and with three less than fifth and sixth placed sides. As for the last weekend, they suffered exclusion from Morton in FA Cup game in front of own fans with a 1:2 result.
The side used a bit rotated squad and obviously all their efforts are set on promotional race, as they didn’t actually look that much interested into a match against and opponent they were actually favorites against. Oliver brought the guests into the lead in 24th minute, while McManus leveled up in 57th, but the guests were more decisive towards the end and got the victory via Quintongo in 85th minute. Central midfielder Aaron Splaine (7/0) miss due injury.
St Mirren, on the other side, took an important victory last time out in Championship, winning away from home against Dumbarton with a 0:2 result already two weeks ago now. They were set as favorites and looked better from the first minute, but the goals came only once they increased the tempo.
They looked way more concrete in second halftime and took the double lead in no time – via Smith in 46th and McGinn in 58th minute, leaving no much space for the hosts to get back into the clash. The side now has eight points more than second placed Dundee United and are red hot favorites to take the title and direct promotion to the Premier League.
As for the FA Cup, the side couldn’t do much more but suffered defeat away from home against Premier League side Aberdeen with a 4:1 result. Similar to their today’s opponents, it can be said that their focus wasn’t on FA Cup game with promotional race being heating up.
Their hosts showed much more concrete things, also proved to be way more experience and took the double lead already in first twenty minutes (via Rooney and Christie), while the guests temporarily reduced via Reilly in 25th – but the hosts installed two goals lead via Christie’s second goal in 33rd minute. Mackay-Steven removed all the doubts with fourth goal for Aberdeen in 47th minute. Visitors should have no fresh injury worries for this one.
~ Only one out of last five mutual matches of these two ended with over 2.5 goals.
No doubt that St Mirren is the best team in the league now and in a very good form, however Dunfermline simply needs to attack and get something out of this match – something that promises us very open and attacking game.
Both sides are actually doing much better in attack than their defensive lineups look reliable and over 2.5 goals should happen easier here than what the odds suggest us.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals