Sunday 26 May: 3pm KO
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St Mirren have one last chance to keep their place in the Scottish Premiership as they host Dundee United. They managed to get a goalless draw in the first leg of this play-off and with home advantage will be hopeful of avoiding relegation to the Scottish Championship.
There may not quite be the riches of the English Premier League but the last thing that St Mirren want is relegation, while their opponents Dundee United are desperate to win promotion from the Scottish Championship.
St Mirren finished one from bottom in the Scottish Premiership this season but this play-off gives them the chance to escape relegation and an immediate return to the Championship. The first leg of this tie ended in a goalless draw and with home advantage now, William Hill have odds of 5/6 (1.83) on them winning this tie and remaining in the top flight.
They may have only had one team below them in the final Scottish Premiership table but St Mirren have ended the season in good form. St Mirren are undefeated in their last seven games (five of which have been played away from home) and the last team to beat them were champions Celtic in early April. It’s 7/5 (2.4) at Betfred that they win this match in 90 minutes to save their Premiership skin.
Dundee United finished second in the Scottish Championship, six points behind champions Ross County. They lost two of their last six league games and that, along with failure to beat County in early April ended their title hopes.
Their second place took them into the play-offs as they bid to return to the top flight for the first time since being relegated in the 2015/16 season. The last two seasons have seen them finish third in the Scottish Championship. They made the play-off final last term but lost to Hamilton in the final.
They will be regretting not getting an advantage in the home first leg. They didn’t get the most possession in that game but did create more chances on goal. Failure to get a lead may prove costly though and William Hill will give you 5/6 (1.83) on them winning this tie and returning to the Scottish Premiership.
Three of their last seven away games have been won with losses at Partick Thistle and Greenock Morton. You can get 7/4 (2.75) on them winning this game in 90 minutes if placing your bet at Betfred.
St Mirrren have only lost one of their last five home games against Dundee United. Three of the last four games played between these two clubs have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 13/10 (2.3) at William Hill that this stat comes up in the second leg.
St Mirren may have Danny Mullen back in their starting line-up. He was on the bench in the first leg after his wife had given birth to a daughter the night before. He’s 15/8 (2.87) at Betfred to score in this match. The home side have injury doubts over Simeon Jackson, Brad Lyons and Gary McKenzie. Dundee United may recall striker Pavol Salfranko who is 2/1 (3.0) to get on the scoresheet if your wager is placed with William Hill.
Second Half Goals
St Mirren have been leaving it late to score goals in recent games. They have only scored one first-half goal in their last eight games. You can get odds of 21/20 (2.05) at William Hill on the second half of this game having the most goals scored.
There’s a lot at stake in this game but St Mirren have the home advantage and their form isn’t that of a relegation candidate. The odds on St Mirren winning with both teams scoring are 9/2 (5.5) at Betfred.