We are down to four games, just like the Championship as Rangers managed to get their match postponed due to the number of their players on international duty this weekend. In such a tight league it means 1st and 2nd will not be playing and they will be looking to see how the rest of the league perform in their absence!
MATCH OF THE DAY
STENHOUSEMUIR V BRECHIN CITY
The battle between a Stenhousemuir side in a play off spot and a Brechin City side that built during the summer to be there seems fascinating on paper. The Warriors have been good to watch this season if you take out that defeat against Rangers at Ibrox. They will be without David Rowson for this game with doubts over Darren Smith but will see the return of Josh Watt on loan from Motherwell and John Gemmell. Brechin have Graham Hay back but huge doubts over Derek Carcary and Stephen Robb who are training but miles away from match fitness. Brechin City lost last time out to Airdrie whilst Stenhousemuir could only draw with East Fife: both are keen to sort that out and this should make today’s game well worth the entrance money.
East Fife v Ayr United has an away side that hasn’t won a game in 7 with 2 recent defeats with a team that plays well but has lacked the killer touch. East Fife, meanwhile are looking increasingly like a rest home for former Scottish internationals. The Methil side will have Stephen Hughes available alongside Michael Andrews whilst Christian Nade remains out. Ayr have a fully fit squad and I fully expect them to do the business today. Arbroath v Airdrieonians sees the home side having been on the end of a 3—2 away loss at Stranraer that was 2nd half fightback that didn’t quite come off whilst Airdrie won 3-1 at home to Brechin. Arbroath will want to take that momentum from their 2nd half performance into today but will be without Graham Bayne, Ricky Little and Connor Birse. Airdrie only have John Boyle missing. I think the lack of form that both have shown could blight this game though I would expect Paul Sheerin’s men to shade it. Finally Forfar Athletic v Stranraer has a team that has all the properties of Jekyll and Hyde – Forfar – up against a Stranraer side that is finally beginning to show signs they can stay in this league. Forfar’s 4-0 win against Dunfermline last weekend surprised many and the return to action this weekend of Gavin Swankie and Neil McCabe would be formidable if it wasn’t accompanied by the news that Martyn Fotheringham, Derek Soutar and Stuart Malcolm will be missing. Stranraer have only Lloyd Kinnaird out so I would expect a tough fight but an away win?