To­day’s SPFL lower di­vi­sion prospects

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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

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