Today’s SPFL lower division prospects
Dumbarton v Alloa Athletic
Dumbarton missed the chance to close in on a play-off spot when they lost to Morton in midweek but Ian Murray’s side have a second chance to move within three points of Queen of the South who have no game with scheduled opponents Raith Rovers playing in the Ramsdens Cup final.
To do so they must beat an Alloa side who are aiming to leapfrog Rovers a week after being overtaken by the Kirkcaldy side. Chris Turner is struggling for the home side after sustaining a head knock against Morton while Scott Linton will undergo a fitness test.
Daryll Meggatt is available for the visitors after serving a suspension but the former Hibernian and Scotland striker Derek Riordan, who is yet to start a game for Barry Smith’s side, and James Creaney are still out. Last season No fixture Prediction Home win
Falkirk v Cowenbeath
Falkirk will no doubt be hoping that the game at New Douglas Park results in a draw, an outcome which would allow them to ease to within four points of the top two. First, though, they must take care of a Cowdenbeath side who are scrapping for survival. The Bairns are without Kieran Duffie, who has a foot injury, while Kenny Adamson and Darren Brownlie miss out for the Blue Brazil. Last season 2-0, 4-0 Prediction Home win
Hamilton Academical v Dundee
Both managers may have dismissed suggestions that this match is a title decider but the supporters who cram into New Douglas Park this afternoon will take such comments with a pinch of salt, knowing that the winners will hold a significant advantage going into the last four games. The advantage in this season’s previous meetings has rested with Dundee who have claimed two victories and a draw and are the only team to have defeated Accies in their last 10 matches. Both sides will be close to full strength with player-manager Alex Neil naming himself in the Hamilton squad following a lengthy absence while Dundee have Kyle Benedictus available after suspension and Jim McAlister should be fit to face his old team. Steven Doris, is unlikely to play a part due to injury. Last season No fixture Prediction Away win
Morton v Livingston
Morton were almost relegated last Saturday, only to be saved by Hamilton’s last-minute winner at Cowdenbeath. The Cappielow side claimed another stay of execution with victory – only their fourth of the campaign – over Dumbarton on Tuesday.
With Queen of the South idle, Livingston have the chance to move back within three points of the play-off places after last week’s disappointing defeat to Dumbarton.
Garry O’Connor has joined a Morton injury list which also includes Reece Hands, David O’Brien and Ben Sampayo, while the visitors are without the suspended Jason Talbot and their captian Simon Mensing who is struggling with an ankle injury. Last season 2-2, 2-1 Prediction Draw
Airdrieonians v Dunfermline Athletic
Airdrie are not safe but a comfortable finish beckons if they can continue the form that has brought one defeat in 11. They face a big test against a side who could clinch second place today. Caolan McAleer returns for the hosts. The visitors are without Ryan Wallace.
Last season 1-2, 3-3 (in old Div 1) Prediction Home win
TODAY Airdrieonians v Dunfermline Athletic, Brechin City v Ayr United, East Fife v Stranraer, Stenhousemuir v Arbroath
Clyde v Annan Athletic
These two look certain to be involved in the play-offs but Clyde will look to move to within two points of their visitors and the possibility of finishing second while Annan still have an outside chance of taking the title even if that would require an unlikely collapse by Peterhead.
Last season 2-1, 2-3 Prediction Home win
TODAY Albion Rovers v East Stirlingshire, Clyde v Annan Athletic, Elgin City v Queen’s Park, Peterhead v Montrose, Stirling Albion v Berwick Rangers