Dunfermilne v Motherwell
Bottom of the table Dunfermilne are still without a win at home in the SPL so the visit of third placed Motherwell is arguably not the most attractive fixture for them at this point in time.
Dunfermilne have a big task ahead of them between now and the end of the season if they wish to stay in the SPL for more than one season. They are three points off safety and have played one more game than Hibernian who are the only other team, realistically, involved at this stage. No wins from 14 home games is an awful record and for them to stay up. It’s not inconceivable to think that they could go the full season without a home win and still stay up bit it would be a big surprise. Their recent form is two wins from their last 28 games in all competitions and both wins were away from home in the league which tells its own story ahead of the game tomorrow. Jim McIntyre has not been able to delve into the transfer market like Pat Fenlon at Hibs so has had to go with what he has which has so far, not been good enough.
Motherwell have been terrific this season and they have been in the top three for the full season basically. They are there on merit and have managed to pick up so many points despite having a small squad yet still managing to be very attacking and of course, effective. Stuart McCall has kept hold of the likes of Jamie Murphy and the form of players such as Michael Higdon and Keith Lasley has meant they have been ‘best of the rest’ in the SPL this term. Nine points above fourth placed St Johnstone, who have a game in hand, is a large enough gap to suggest that third place is theirs to lose. Looking at their form, Motherwell have picked up exactly the same amount of points on the road as they have at home which proves their consistency. Things have dropped a little of late as they are without a win in their last five on the road.
I would be very surprised if Dunfermilne have enough to get out of their current predicament but they will certainly give it a try. Their hopes have not been helped of late with the club admitting they were unable to pay the players in full for the month of February.
Motherwell were not at their best last week as they tended to sit in and hope for the best when visiting Parkhead to play Celtic. McCall was obviously hoping to sneak a draw but they will be far more positive tomorrow.
Dunfermilne have already lost 4-2 to Motherwell at home this season and thought I doubt there will be as many goals this time around, I can see the outcome being similar.
My Selections: Motherwell to beat Dunfermilne
Best odds available: 5/6 available with William Hill