A quiet night football wise but Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) has taken a look at the Scottish third tier match between Ayr and Stenhousemuir.
Ayr v Stenhousemuir | Tuesday 19:45
It’s certainly a quiet night in football but thank god for this clash at Somerset Park as Ayr meet Stenhousemuir in Scottish League One. It’s 5th hosting 4th in the division and both sides must be happy how their 2015/16 season has gone so far.
As well as playing in League One, Ayr have been rubbing shoulders with some of the better Scottish clubs in the cup competitions – and emerging with credit.
Albion Rovers and Brechin were both eliminated by Ayr from the Challenge Cup and League Cup respectively in the early days of the season. The Honest Men’s reward for those wins were matches against Rangers (Challenge Cup) and Ross County (League Cup). Ian McCall’s side went down 2-0 in both those games but had nothing to be ashamed about.
In the league, bar a bizarre opening day 3-0 defeat to Albion Rovers they’ve played well with victories over Brechin and Stranraer and a draw against leaders Forfar on Saturday.
Last season was disappointing for the club but Ian McCall now has a full season in charge and I expect Ayr to be challenging for promotion to the Championship.
Stenhousemuir stayed in this division last season via a play-off escape and hopes weren’t exactly high going into the new campaign. Brown Ferguson’s men have defied those cynics though and have picked up seven points from 12 this season.
The Warriors managed to pick up an impressive draw at Peterhead on the opening day of the league season and followed that up with home wins against Airdrie and Cowdenbeath. Two weeks ago they knocked out Championship side Raith Rovers from the League Cup. Impressive.
There’s lots to like about these sides but one note of concern is Stenhousemuir’s away form. P4 W1 D1 L2 is a very small sample, but that solitary win came against League Two East Stirling in the Challenge Cup. Ayr at home are P5 W3 D1 L1 with Rangers the only side to beat them at Somerset Park this season. That may be significant.
I may as well go for a big price tonight as it’s not a game I’d be confident of staking large amounts on so I’ll back the 100/30 from Boylesports that Ayr win in a game involving Over 3.5 Goals.
As mentioned, The Honest Men have a strong home record and two of their five games at Somerset Park went Over 3.5 Goals. Four of Stenny’s seven games this season paid out at that mark. Time for a fun bet then.
Ayr v Stenhousemuir – Ayr to win and Over 3.5 Goals (100/30 Boylesports)