Location: Somerset Park
Date: 31st October 2015
Stranraer have crumbled this season since losing manager Stevie Aitken to Dumbarton.
Ayr have taken a different path under Ian McCall by getting progressively better week on week.
You could have backed The Honest Men at 16/1 to win the league this year at one point pre-season. That price was snapped up quickly, too quickly for me to take advantage.
The best you will get now is 5/1 from Coral as they are a mere point behind leaders Dunfermline. With just one defeat in their eleven league games they are looking every inch like contenders.
The Ayr fans have had a tough time of it in the past few years with Stranraer getting the best of the South West Derby in recent times. Before this season Ayr had won once in eight attempts but they have already put that right in the away fixture.
The Blues could be looking at a lengthy run of defeats in this fixture if current form is anything to go by. They have won just four games all season and are coming into this game on the back of two 0-3 home defeats.
The most recent defeat was by Cowdenbeath who Ayr taught a lesson just a few weeks previous by hammering them 5-0.
Even though Ayr are missing their top goalscorer for this game, Craig Moore, they still have to be fancied.
There are others in the team chipping in with goals like Alan Forrest and Allan Trouten. The twenty-nine year old hasn’t hit the goalscoring heights he managed with Brechin the previous three seasons but is still a dangerous man to have hanging around the oppositions goalmouth.
Jordan Preston and Ross Caldwell have scored another seven goals between them in the league in seventeen appearances.
Ayr v Stranraer Betting Preview Betting Odds
You can back the home side at 1.91(10/11) with bet365 and that offers a fair bit of value. Ayr have scored fifteen goals in their five home league games this season and should see a few going in again.
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Ayr WIN @ 1.91 with bet365