Ladbrokes League 2: Montrose to end their away hoodoo
The Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 continues to provide a wealth of close competition. The top six sides are separated by just a single point and whatever happens this season, it looks like fine margins will decide it.
Montrose will be eager to end their pointless run away from home when they visit Stirling Albion, while table-topping Annan face a tricky trip to Clyde.
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Clyde v Annan
The only two sides to have picked up six points from their last two games, that little run is about to end for at least one team here.
The league leaders haven’t shone on the road yet, with a narrow 1-0 win at Queen’s Park and a 3-1 loss at East Stirlingshire their results thus far.
The Galabankies have netted in every game however, while their hosts have failed to score on two occasions, including a 2-0 loss at home to Queen’s Park.
Jim Chapman’s side have a solid record at Broadwood Stadium, losing just three times in their last 10 visits.
Best Bet: Annan Draw No Bet @ 6/4
East Fife v Arbroath
Stirling Albion’s win last weekend left Arbroath three points adrift at the foot of the Football League.
Todd Lumsden takes his squad to an East Fife side which has claimed maximum points at home this term, conjuring seven goals in the process.
The Smokies picked up a 5-1 win at Bayview Stadium in December, but that was largely owed to a red card for the hosts.
Given their respective form so far this year, a repeat result is perhaps unlikely and their last meeting in March saw the Fifers run out 2-0 victors.
East Fife lost 2-0 at Annan last time out, but they’ll be confident of bouncing back at home where they’ve conceded just twice in their last five league games.
Best Bet: East Fife to win to nil @ 21/10
Elgin City v Berwick
Either of these clubs could be top come Saturday night with Berwick currently in the unusual position of sitting second despite a negative goal difference.
The Borderers can put their third-worst defensive record down to a 5-0 hammering at East Fife three weeks ago, and they’ve responded superbly to pick up seven points from the nine available since then.
Hosts Elgin will be understandably confident however, having won both their home contests this season without conceding.
The last eight meetings between the teams have seen 29 goals, an average of just over 3.5 per game, and in the four games this term aside from that 5-0 loss to East Fife, Berwick have found the net eight times.
Of their last three encounters however, which have yielded 11 goals, only two came in the first half.
Queen’s Park v East Stirling
Both Queen’s Park and East Stirling are searching for consistency this term, but for now they’ve both been picking up a couple of wins along the way.
On paper this should be 0-0. The hosts have lost both of their games at home while failing to score, and the visitors have been defeated in both of their away matches, scoring just once but conceding seven.
Three of their meetings last year saw over three goals however, in addition to a 1-1 draw in the most recent encounter at Hampden Park in April.
The visitors have netted in their last three matches, while Queen’s will be desperate to give their home fans a goal to celebrate, and they could end up cancelling each other out.
Best Bet: Draw @ 14/5
Stirling Albion v Montrose
Montrose boss Paul Hegarty has made a rallying call for his side to pick up three points this weekend.
Though the Gable Endies sit nicely in third heading into this weekend’s matches, all their points have come at Links Park.
That could change though as they head to a Stirling side who sit second bottom and are yet to pick up a point on home soil.
With that in mind, and a concerted effort from Hegarty to lead his side to victory, the visitors are well placed to pick up their first points on the road this season.
Best Bet: Montrose to win @ 12/5
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