Location: New Douglas Park
Date: 23rd July 2016
If you’re looking for a shock it might just come at New Douglas Park.
Hamilton Academical have got off to a poor start. A 2-1 defeat away to Ayr Utd leaves them joint bottom of Group G with Edinburgh City. St Mirren are the exact opposite with two wins from two games putting them top of the roost. Progression from the group looks all but secured with just Accies and a home tie against the Edinburgh minnows left on their roster.
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for The Buddies. They needed late goals against Livingston and Ayr Utd to claim all three points. That is a good sign for Alex Rae’s side but they will be eager to wrap games up much earlier in future.
Despite scoring four goals across two games they have been lacking shots on target. They only managed eight in total. While that’s a cracking conversion rate the time will come when that rate drops and they might struggle to get amongst the goals.
Meanwhile Martin Canning must be feeling the heat. He was pilloried by Accies’ fans after the defeat to Ayr Utd. Signing Massimo Donati will go some way to appeasing them but it’s unlikely to stop the rot entirely.
They have lost Ziggy Gordon, Lucas and, most notably, Michael McGovern over the summer break. They have been replaced by young defenders from Celtic and Hibernian who will need time to gel and learn their trade at first team level.
Big Jesus Garcia Tena also picked up an injury which is likely to see him out for some time. That could leave them short in the centre of defence. Canning himself has an injury so is unlikely to deputise.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see him utilise the five man defence from last season in an attempt to shore things up temporarily.
Hamilton v St Mirren Betting Preview Best Betting Odds
A game of few goals could be in the offing so under 2.5 goals is tempting at 2.26 (24/19) with Marathon Bet. Both teams to score NO is another option at 2.25 (5/4) virtually across the board.
Hamilton v St Mirren Betting Preview Free Football Tips & Predictions
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.26 with Marathon bet