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Can Partick Thistle build on pre-break Premiership momentum?

| 26.01.2017

When we spoke to Kris Doolan ahead of this Ladbrokes Premiership campaign, he was quick to tell us how Partick Thistle had a “strong chance” of a top-six finish in 2016-17.

But while that dream seemed gone with the Jags bottom of the table six weeks ago, they now find themselves just a point off the top six.

However, while Alan Archibald’s men were in fine fettle ahead of the winter break, can they continue that good form – seven points in three league games – following their return?

Last weekend’s Scottish Cup tie against Formartine United sent off a positive message, with the Glasgow outfit cruising to a 4-0 victory. Admittedly they’ll face far tougher opposition than the Highland Football League club, but the Jags’ link-up play impressed, and Chris Erskine netted a clinical brace.

Perhaps more importantly, though, that marks three clean sheets in four games for Archibald’s men, who have now limited their latest trio of opponents – Kilmarnock, Dundee and Formartine – to just eight shots on target combined.

Meanwhile, Kris Doolan has shown glimpses of his best form in recent games, netting twice in the last four, including a smartly-taken winner against Dundee at Firhill.

And they could be set for a confidence-boosting jump into the top half this weekend as they face an Inverness Caledonian Thistle side without a win in their last six league games.

There’s also been some positive activity in the transfer market, with the hugely talented Niall Keown – son of three-time Premier League winner Martin – having arrived on loan from Reading, having greatly impressed in the Royals’ youth setup.

So while Thistle will obviously miss the departed Ziggy Gordon – who left for Polish outfit Jagiellonia Bialystok –, his absence will be softened by the arrival of a talented new defender at centre-back.

Partick Thistle are 9/5 for victory at Inverness this weekend, and Archibald’s men look well worth backing at those odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.