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MATCH PREVIEW: Dundee v St.Mirren

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splSt.Mirren travel to Dens Park tonight to face a Dundee team they have defeated twice already this season. Both teams acquitted themselves well in their Scottish Cup ties at the weekend, losing 2-1 in both instances.

Most pundits would agree that the Dens Park outfit are doomed and will not be competing in the SPL next season. Although arithmetically not relegated yet, it would take a miracle of ‘Resurrection” proportions for them to stay up.

Arithmetical calculations of many ponderous proportions are required to guess who will and who won’t make the top six after the split. Danny Lennon’s Saints are back in second bottom place after Hearts victory last night, one point behind Hearts but seventeen points in front of tonight’s opponents. They have five games to play before the split and were they to gain maximum points in these, they would have 47 points. Hibs, currently in sixth place, have 39 points with four games to play. It is certainly not impossible for St.Mirren to make the top six but it is highly improbable.

As with the Hearts players last night, the team from Paisley have a cup final looming and the obvious incentive is to earn a place in that Hampden starting eleven. This may give them the extra edge to go on and win the game.

Dundee are missing suspended defender Declan Gallagher, but Gary Harkins returns to the fray.

Jim Goodwin is still posted missing with a calf strain, for St.Mirren, but Kenny McLean could possibly make a return.

Prediction: St.Mirren should have more to offer in the final third than Dundee and this should enable them to pick up all three points.

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