St. Mirren has one last shot at avoiding the Scottish Premiership relegation when they take on Dundee this weekend. The Buddies sit second-bottom of the top flight, one point behind Hamilton and eight points clear of Dundee. St. Mirren hope for a win, as it would steer them to the 10th position and push away from the relegation troubles.
Dundee is already relegated but will continue to fight for pride until the final whistle in front of their fans at home.
The teams’ form to play out
St. Mirren has won two times in the past five matches, while Dundee have only won once in their last five encounters. This match will be an uphill task for Dundee who will be seeking to prove their critics wrong.
St. Mirren to go for a win
St. Mirren recorded a terrific 2-0 victory over Hamilton which keeps their hopes for the Premier League alive. Goal-shy Dundee beat Livingston 1-0 last weekend but with little to play for, they might get overwhelmed by the motivated St. Mirren.
Dundee was relegated from the Scottish Championship after suffering a 1-0 loss from the hands of Hamilton Academical on May 4. This match remains a chance for St. Mirren to get closer to the Premier League.
Players’ passion will determine who will win
Players from both teams will be going into that game with an aim to get an edge over their rivals. Their drive to win over the other side could push either side to put up a tough fight during the Saturday’s encounter. Each player will be looking to grab a point in that match and will do anything within his power to make the team proud.
One such player is Dundee’s forward Ian Harkes who has quickly become the fans’ favorite at Tannadice, after showing an impressive performance this season. Harkes has proved what he is capable of in the 17 appearances he has made for the club this season. His presence during Saturday’s clash will be a plus for Dundee.
Just like Harkes, St. Mirren’s Paul McGinn is a technical player who can provide quality in the play. The club will be counting on him to show his A-game on Saturday’s clash. These two players are expected to display an interesting spectacle in the pitch.
Home advantage to work in favor of Dundee
Beating Dundee might not be easy for St. Mirren during Saturday’s clash, given their home advantage. Dundee’s desire not to disappoint their fans at home could push them towards pulling off an upset against their rivals.
Though teams perform better at home on many occasions, anything could happen. The 12th placed Dundee have been struggling at home recording no wins in their last five matches, and only one win in the league. This means they could find it difficult to stop St. Mirren.
Judging from the past history between the two sides, I would bet on St. Mirren to win or on a draw. However, Saturday’s game could turn in favor of either side. The tactics, players’ desire to win and the overall performance of each team will determine who carries the day.
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