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Preview: St Mirren v Dumbarton

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St Mirren and Dumbarton face each other for the third time this season in a Ladbrokes Championship match-up tomorrow afternoon at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

The side from the other side of the Erskine Bridge have held the upper hand in the two previous meetings against Saints with wins in Paisley and Dumbarton, the latter bringing an end to Ian Murray’s managerial reign at St Mirren.

For all that Saints sit two points ahead of the Sons with recent form seeing the Paisley side fairing better than Dumbarton who have only registered one league win in 2016. That win came three weeks ago against Livingston thanks to a goal from Mark Docherty.

Since the turn of the New Year Dumbarton’s league form has seen them pick up 4 point from 4 matches. They have shown better form in the Sottish Cup having knocked out Queen of the South and forcing a replay against Premiership side Dundee that will take place next midweek.

Saints come into the game having picked up 9 points from their last 5 outings, going down 1-0 in a tight encounter against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park last week to break a two game winning run. They will need to do without top scorer Stephen Mallan who is suspended after last week’s red card and defender Keith Watson who is also serving a one match suspension. Jim Goodwin continued his recovery from injury with a run-out with the Under-20 side earlier this week but it might be too soon for him to be included tomorrow.

Last August Dumbarton were St Mirren’s first league visitors of the season. Willie Gibson gave the Sons a goal lead at half-time which was pulled back with a terrific goal by Scott Agnew but the visitors claimed maximum points with a late penalty-kick converted by Garry Fleming. The sides met again in Dumbarton a couple of weeks before Christmas where Garry Fleming was on target again to nab all three points.

Dumbarton will be looking for a win to get themselves back on track as they look to stay ahead of Livingston and try to make a push towards that up for grabs final promotion playoff spot. Alex Rae’s side will also have their sights set on a win tomorrow as they look to narrow the gap on Morton, Raith Rovers and Queen of the South above them.

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