Partick Thistle vs Dundee UnitedScottish Championship, KO: 19:05 Aug 9, 2019, The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill
THE Scottish Championship's second instalment of Friday night football comes from The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill as Partick Thistle face Dundee United.
Following a turbulent week off the field for the Harry Wraggs the bookmakers believe that things could be about to get worse with a home win as high as 2/1 (Bet 365) and even the draw is deemed improbable at 12/5 (BoyleSports)
Title favourites Dundee United arrive in Glasgow as 29/20 (BetVictor) favourites to collect all three points following last weekends 4-1 demolition job against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
It was a real statement of intent from the Terrors and their new talisman Lawrence Shankland who looks set to continue to be the scourge of Scottish Championship defences this season.
Shankland made a scintillating start to life in the City of Discovery by scoring a hatrick of headers before clinically adding a fourth to round off a dream Dundee United debut.
After netting 34 times for Ayr United last term it's a surprise to see Shankland still applying his trade in the Scottish Championship, yet he could well be the man to fire the Tangerines back into the top-flight.
Three of Shankland's 34 strikes during the last campaign came against the Jags and the former Aberdeen youngster could well get amongst the goals again in Glasgow on Friday night.
Naturally, Shankland is the bookies favourite to score the first goal of the game at 19/5 (Betfred) but I would be more tempted to opt for the 6/5 (Ladbrokes) on offer for Shankland to strike anytime.
An anytime goalscorer is always a safer option and may be a wise move in this fixture given the fact that the Jags have only failed to score twice over the course of this calendar year.
In doing so Gary Caldwell's men have notably found the back of the net in 24 of their last 26 fixtures in all completions.
Although the Maryhill sides off field woes have been well documented in recent days, on the park the wheels have not come off for an undefeated Thistle team who scored eight goals on route to winning their Betfred Cup group.
Granted, last Saturday's share of the spoils with Alloa will have frustrated the Firhill faithful, but since taking the reigns in Glasgow's west end Gary Caldwell tends to set his side up to attack and I expect that to continue on home turf.
Robbie Neilson's only gripe with last last weeks win against Inverness will be his sides failure to keep a clean-sheet and frequent scorers Thislte could follow suit by breaching the United backline.
If you're contemplating a punt on a Partick Thistle goalscorer then Kenny Miller and Joe Cardle are worth considering at 2/1 and 5/1 (Bet 365) respectively in the anytime goalscorer market.
Although I fancy Thistle to find the back of the net I suspect that Caldwell's men could come up short on a night where Thistle will do well to contain the prolific Shankland.
Yet, the Jags should represent a more serious test to a Tangerines team who will be roared on by a large travelling support from Tayside who will be expecting their side to make it six points from six.
The away win and both teams to score combination appeals at 4/1 (Bet 365) but opting for an outright Dundee United victory would be a more shrewd move at 29/20 (BetVictor)
This Scottish Championship match between Partick Thistle and Dundee United will be played on Aug 9, 2019 and kick off at 19:05