We no longer have unbeaten teams in this league so things ought to get a whole lot messier from now on in. With only five points between top and fifth it makes the battle for the championship and for the playoffs tight. Single points may separate the top five like some form of ladder but the bottom has two teams that already look forlorn; Stenhousemuir on four points and Airdrieonians on two. Both need really good results this weekend…
Match of the Day
Forfar Athletic v Brechin City
This is a really intriguing tie as the home side have dragged themselves into contention for the playoffs whilst their visitors lost their unbeaten record last weekend. For the Loons their draw with Stirling Albion on Saturday last was less than satisfying but their performances of late have brought better results. It was a slip which this weekend shall see them want to make amends. The Hedgemen found losing a man to a red card last weekend too much for them and the 4-2 result against Ayr United at home did them no justice. For Forfar Martyn Fotheringham and Chris Templeman shall return but there will be no Andrew Steeves, Aaron James or Michael Dunlop. For Brechin City there will be no Callum Tapping or Greg Cameron though supporters will be hoping to see new loanee, Kyle McAusland. Whilst Forfar, losing a two goal advantage against the Binos last Saturday will be as desperate as Ray McKinnon’s side to get the win I think the visitors shall get back into the swing of their year and take all three points.
It’s a classic top v bottom clash as Ayr United v Airdrieonians has league leaders Ayr up against a team with whom they have history and sit at the foot of the table. It’s been a great start for the Honest Men and a nightmare for Gary Bollan’s side. I reckon the nightmare will continue for the Diamonds. Dunfermline Athletic v Peterhead sees the Pars hoping to atone for their loss in Greenock last week. They have been getting form back and looked likely to meet pre season expectations. The Blue Toon beat Stenhousemuir and cemented their place mid table. I reckon that the Pars will win the league by stealth and today that should include a wee home win.
Stenhousemuir v Greenock Morton has the Warriors toiling up against a Morton side that is improving. Stenny lost to Peterhead whilst Morton beat Dunfermline last time out and I reckon it shall be the same today with Morton taking all three points home with them. Finally Stranraer v Stirling Albion has two teams that between them last weekend had 10 goals in their games and both drew. It was 3-3 for Stranraer at Airdrie whilst the Binos were held at home 2-2 by Forfar. For me it has to be a home win by a single goal as I reckon that there shall not be the same high score.