This Sunday sees Premiership side St Mirren take on Championship side Dunfermline in the Scottish League Cup. St Mirren will have home advantage for this one at the Simple Digital Arena with kick off at 3pm BST. Both sides are yet to play a competitive game of football this campaign which makes it a good early season test for the teams, but also makes it a difficult one to predict.
They might have only played two pre-season games, but the Buddies have struggled to get going so far this season. They have been beaten 2-0 by Peterborough and only managed a 1-1 draw with Stenhouemuir. Oran Kearney’s men now look to bounce back to winning ways against Dunfermline. St Mirren only just managed to keep a hold of their top-flight status last season when they narrowly beat Dundee United on penalties after two draws against the Championship rivals and they will be looking to make sure that they are not in a similar situation at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. An early season win against Dunfermline would only help build their confidence to make sure that it doesn’t happen.
On the other hand, Dunfermline in their two pre-season games managed to pull off a 1-0 win over Forfar Athletic, but struggled to make it back to back wins with a 3-1 defeat against Premiership side Hibernian. The Pars are strong favourites to finish in the top two of the Championship this season and a win against Premiership opposition so early on would go a long way to proving that they could go all the way. They do seem to struggle for form and goals on the road, only winning three in their last ten away trips and in that time scoring just five goals.
St Mirren have played their two pre-season games with a lot trialists in their side and could do so again against St Mirren. However, they will be hoping that new midfielder Oan Djorkaeff can play some part in the game as they look to add some strength in depth to the squad. Dunfermline meanwhile will be hoping that hard working winger Josh Coley who was recently brought in on loan from English Premier League side, Norwich City is ready to make his first appearance for the club.
Despite St Mirren being in a higher division than Dunfermline, I don’t believe that there is a huge gulf in class between the two sides. However, I am still inclined to go for a St Mirren win but only for a narrow one. Betfair’s offer of a St Mirren to win at 13/20 is attractive and could be a good option as part of a Sunday double or treble. With Dunfermline struggling for away goals in 2019, Bet365’s offer of a St Mirren win to nil at 21/10 also looks good whilst anyone who is after a more risky bet, half time/full time draw/St Mirren has good value at 7/2 with Betfair.