Five bloody two! Where the hell did THAT result come from? The Jags thrashed Kilmarnock on their own turf last weekend and if I was a stats geek I’d be racing for the records book to find out the last time the Firhill side hit five on the road in the top flight. But I’m not. I’m more interested in making a profit from their results in the SPFL Ladrokes Premier Division, which is notorious for throwing up freaky results.
I did predict plenty of goals, but I didn’t see the majority hitting the back of the Kilmarnock net. Trouble is anyone can beat anyone in this League. Just look at visitors Motherwell. In the middle of a shocking run and they pull off a 2-2 draw with title hopefuls Hearts (well, they aren’t really. Celtic will win the title. If they don’t, I’ll bare my behind on The Royal Mile).
I mean come on. Throw us betting writers a freaking bone here. Sure, the bookies were right on the Jags to win - but to absolutely hammer Killie? That wasn’t in the script. Kris Doolan and Robbie Muirhead had their shooting boots on and both hit doubles in the victory at Rugby Park, with Gary Fraser getting the other.
I’ll tell you what though – I’m going to get on them to beat Motherwell. The Fir Park outfit’s coupon busting draw against the Capital side saw them ahead twice with goals from Louis Moult and Marvin Johnson at big odds before they were pegged back and I’m going to chalk that up as a spirited, fighting, home point. Does a point a recovery make? We’ll see. But it will certainly give Mark McGhee’s second-bottom outfit a boost ahead of the game.
The Jags went up to ninth after their storming win and they are one of the form sides in the Division with four wins, two draws and just one defeat in the last seven fixtures. Surely they can beat a team that’s only won one (away at Kilmarnock 1-0, by the way) in their last seven?
Motherwell have already beaten Partick this season, with a 2-1 success at Fir Park back in September and on paper it has the look of a draw written all over it. The clubs have similar goals for and against records and with four wins apiece, it’s only a couple of more draws that the Jags have taken that separate them in the table. It’s screaming draw to the analyst in me. However, when you can slam in five on the road and you’re on a great run of form then the gut instinct has to believe that Thistle have the qualities to win this one.
I don’t think they’ll win by a huge margin – with maybe a couple of goals in it – but I definitely fancy them to get the three points and if the odds are favourable, then it’s surely worth a flutter. Five bloody two. That’ll bug me for weeks.
Partick Stats W4 D5 L7
Recent Form WDLDWW
Motherwell Stats W4 D3 L9
Recent Form LDWLLD
26/09/2015 Motherwell 2 Partick Thistle 1
23/05/2015 Motherwell 0 Partick Thistle 0
11/04/2015 Partick Thistle 2 Motherwell 0
27/12/2014 Motherwell 1 Partick Thistle 0
04/10/2014 Partick Thistle 3 Motherwell 1
Partick Thistle (4-4-2) Scully, Dumbuya, Lindsay, Seaborne, Booth, Muirhead, Bannigan, Fraser, Lawless, Osman, Doolan.
Motherwell (4-4-1-1) – Ripley, Law, Kennedy, McManus, Hammell, Grimshaw, Lasley, Taylor, Johnson, McDonald, Moult.
Partick Thistle: Lindsay (susp), Elliot (inj), Cerny (inj).
Motherwell: Pearson (susp), Fletcher (inj), Chalmers (inj).