Friday, 15 July 2016

Airdrieonians vs Partick Thistle Scottish League Cup Match Preview And Prediction - July 16, 2016


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Partick Thistle have won five, drawn one, and lost one of their last six meetings with Airdrieonians. 78% of Partick Thistle's last nine matches have seen at least three goals, as have 67% of Airdrieonians'. Airdrieonians are hoping to have a fully fit squad for this opener.

Right back Mustapha Dumbuya is expected to be sidelined until December with an achilles tendon injury.

Airdrieonians narrowly missed out on the chance to take part in the Scottish League One promotion playoffs last season as they finished two points adrift of Stranraer after 36 games. However, they will be fairly pleased with their performance towards the end of the season.

They won three and drew one of their final four league matches, and combined with three wins and a draw in pre-season they are now unbeaten in eight matches and have six wins under their belts.

Airdrieonians now face the difficult task of starting the season with possibly one of their hardest matches of the season. They face Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle in the first of their Scottish League Cup group matches, where the winner of the five-team group progressed to the knockout stages along with the four best runners up.

Partick Thistle had a pretty poor season in terms of their league position. They finished in 9th spot in the Scottish Premiership, although in the end the ten point lead they held over Kilmarnock in the relegation playoff position was comfortable.

It was perhaps too comfortable, and it looked like their motivation was all but absent at the end of the season. They won just one of their final six league matches, losing three and drawing two. They have followed this up with two wins, a draw, and a defeat in their pre-season friendlies.

Partick Thistle will be fully expected to win this Scottish League Cup group though. They are the only top flight team in there and they should be claiming points from all the games without many issues. It’s still three weeks until the start of the league season as well, so a full strength squad is expected to be used as they try to find match fitness.

The visitors have been in fine scoring form recently as well. They have netted 17 times in their last nine matches, resulting in seven of them seeing more than two goals in total. Airdrieonians have scored 19 in their last nine as well, so a high scoring match should be on the cards on Friday. My prediction is for Partick Thistle to kick the season off with a victory though, so I’m backing a Partick Thistle Win and Over 2.5 Goals at 21/20 along with a 3-1 correct score prediction at 10/1.

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