Dunfermline v Airdrieonians Betting Preview
Location: East End Park
Date: 29th January 2016
Live on BBC Alba
Dunfermline are closing in on a title and, more importantly, promotion back to The Championship.
Airdrieonians shouldn’t fancy their chances of stopping them in their tracks given that The Pars have lost just once in fifteen games and that came against Premiership opposition in the Scottish Cup. It’s worth bearing in mind that they took Ross County to a replay and were unlucky not to see them off on their own patch.
With the best attack and defence in the league The Pars have scored twenty-four more and conceded twenty less goals than Airdrieonians. They have signed Brad McKay from St Johnstone on loan which has offset the departure of Marc McAusland this month.
At home they have lost just once this season to Ayr Utd with Peterhead and, funnily enough, Airdrieonians the only other teams to take anything from East End Park. That 1-1 draw from September will give The Diamonds some hope but their recent form will be of concern.
They have won just once in six matches and losing a two goal lead to bottom of the table Brechin on Saturday was very much two points dropped. It was the second time that happened in the five games under the guidance of former Glasgow City manager Eddie Wolecki Black who will be disappointed with his return of four points from a possible fifteen.
Airdrieonians have brought in the experienced Portugese midfielder Hugo Faria and a few young defenders on loan from Premiership clubs.
Dunfermline v Airdrieonians Betting Preview Betting Odds
The home side are strong favourites at a best priced 1.3 (3/10) with Boylesports. You can back the away side at 9/1 with McBookie while a draw comes in at 5.5 (9/2) with Skybet, Paddy Power and bet365.
Backing Dunfermline on the handicaps, while likely, looks a shade short to consider with -1 a best 1.83 (5/6) with Paddy Power. If you fancy Dunfermline to win by three clear goals -2 is available at 3.2 (11/5) with the Irish firm.
Goals have a fair chance of success with each of Airdrie’s last six away games seeing over 2.5 goals. It’s four from Dunfermline’s last six home games which accounts for the inhibitive price of 1.5 (1/2) from bet365, Skybet and Boylesports for +2.5 total goals.
Force me to have a bet and I would probably plump for Dunfermline to Win To Nil at 2.4 (7/5) with McBookie but it looks like value is hard to come by in this instance and this is a game I will be leaving alone.