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Preview: St Mirren v Partick Thistle



by Ryan Goodwin

Familiar opposition to St Mirren fans will arrive back to Paisley this evening as Premiership side, Partick Thistle, travel to the Paisley 2021 Stadium for the Scottish Cup clash.

Having been in close contest with the Jags for much of their Premiership years, the familiar side from Maryhill will meet the Buddies yet again to open both of their Scottish Cup campaigns. It comes soon after Saints have changed the backroom staff from Ian Murray and Alex Miller to Alex Rae and David Farrell. Furthermore, with that change, St Mirren have won the same amount of league games under them – in three games – as they had done under Ian Murray.

They also have seen solid form come from some of their newer recruits. Stuart Carswell comes off the back of a man-of-the-match performance against Morton and Lawrence Shankland has been on a rich vein of scoring form – having scored in three consecutive games thus far.

Partick Thistle will be highly difficult opposition though regardless. Despite being in the bottom half of the Premiership, sitting in ninth place, they look certain to avoid the automatic relegation spot. As well as that, they have also won four of their past six league games – with their only loss in that time coming against league leaders, Celtic. The top scorer in that time has been none other than Partick hero, Kris Doolan. The forward has played against St Mirren a good few times in his career, and if he is to play, he could be as much of a threat as he always has been over the years.

The Jags’ recent league form is strong, as like St Mirren, they only had two wins in the league prior to their aforementioned past six games. Both teams then will have a boost in confidence going into this game. It must be mentioned however, that the Saints will be relying on this game to break their winless home streak – having not won since the Petrofac Training Cup tie against Dunfermline back in October. Thistle however, have a pretty consistent away record, being ranked sixth in the Premiership on away form with three wins and four draws in eleven games.

This could be a big test for Alex and David in leading St Mirren against an old Premiership rival. Partick are in good form as of late as well so this could be a huge test to the Buddies as they begin to prepare for the second half of the season.

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