Monday 11 March: 7.45pm KO
Live on Sky Sports Football
St Mirren are bottom of the Scottish Premiership but still have a decent chance of avoiding relegation to the Championship. They host Kilmarnock who are fourth in the table but have been struggling for form of late.
St Mirren are in deep trouble at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership but are at least making a fight of it now. A run of six straight defeats saw them plummet to the bottom of the table, the one position in the table that guarantees automatic relegation. St Mirren are 11/10 (2.1) at Betway to finish bottom of the Scottish Premiership and be relegated.
Is that the theme to ‘The Great Escape’ being played in the background? St Mirren have rallied of late starting off with away draws at Aberdeen and Hearts. Then they finally ended a run of eight league wins without a victory when beating Livingston 1-0 at home with an 89th minute winner.
The vital three points was their first home league win since they beat Hearts on November 24. Five straight league games had been lost since that victory. You can get odds of 7/2 (4.5) at Betfair on them beating Kilmarnock on Monday.
It’s not that long since Kilmarnock were challenging for the Scottish Premiership title. They are down to fourth in the table and start the weekend 19 points behind leaders Celtic.
That’s not too surprising because Kilmarnock have only three points from their last six league games and not a win in sight. They haven’t won a league game since January 23 when beating Rangers, their third home win in a row.
Only one of their last seven away league games have been won and you can get odds of 5/6 (1.83) on them beating St Mirren. However, three of their last five away league matches have ended all-square. It’s 5/2 (3.5) at William Hill that they draw with St Mirren on Monday.
Kilmarnock have won their last two games against St Mirren. Both were by a 2-1 score line and the odds on them winning by that score in this game are 8/1 (9.0) at SkyBet.
St Mirren will be without Greg Tansey who is serving the second match of his suspension. They will be without Kyle Magennis, Brad Lyons and Jim Kellerman.
Goal Drought to End?
Kilmarnock are favourites to win this game but they need to do something they haven’t done for a while. They haven’t scored in their last five league and cup games. It’s 1/4 (1.25) at William Hill that they finally get on the score sheet and 13/5 (3.6) at Sportingbet that they make it six without a goal.
Under 2.5 Goals Looking Likely
With Kilmarnock having almost forgotten what it’s like to score, a bet on under 2.5 goals in this game could pay a dividend. That stat has come up in seven of their last nine away league games. The last three Kilmarnock league games have only seen one goal scored in them. Both of the past two St Mirren games have had under 2.5 goals scored.
St Mirren to Score
St Mirren may be bottom of the table but it’s not often they fail to score at home. Only once in their last seven home league games have they failed to hit the back of the net. You can get odds of 8/13 (1.61) at William Hill on them scoring against Kilmarnock.
It’s not all over for St Mirren who are only a point off the relegation play-off place and four from safety. They take on a struggling Kilmarnock side who just can’t score at present. A draw with under 2.5 goals looks possible here and that’s 11/4 (3.75) at Betfred.