Queen's Park vs DundeeScottish Championship, KO: 19:45 May 5, 2023, Ochilview
IT all comes down to an incredible Friday night shootout in the Scottish Championship with the top two – Queen's Park and Dundee – clashing at Ochilview.
The scenario is simple – Queen's Park must get the three points to win the title and promotion. A draw or a win will be enough for Dundee.
In surely the most fascinating league in the UK, nine of the ten teams have something to play for on Friday night with the title, play-offs, relegation and relegation play-offs all up for grabs.
And what a way to end the season with these two clubs battling it out in the admittedly less-than-glamorous surroundings of Stenhousemuir.
A Queen's Park win would see them return to top flight football for the first time since 1958 as Scotland's oldest club and still the third most successful in terms of Scottish Cup wins, goes for three straight promotions on the bounce – something not even Rangers managed.
But their form is flaky going into this. They had the chance of only needing a point had they won at Morton on Saturday, but were deservedly beaten.
Owen Coyle's side have won just one win in their last six and that was at home to Hamilton.
But Dundee have struggled too and were unable to defeat Cove Rangers at Dens Park on Friday to make it three draws in a row.
Whoever is left celebrating will have limped over the line, but they won't care.
How the bookies view it
Dundee are favourites here despite not actually needing the win. They are hovering around the evens mark although 888sport are giving 21/20 on an away win.
Recent head to heads
The bad news for the hosts is that they have played Dundee four times this season and failed to win. Two league defeats and a draw and a League Cup loss.
This is the first time the two clubs have been in the same league since the last time Queen's Park were in the top flight in 1957/58!
Players to watch
Malachi Boateng has been a class act for Queen's Park this season and the on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder scored a special goal at Cappielow at the weekend. He's a big price at 11/1 to score anytime with bet365.
Zach Robinson had an off-day against Cove Rangers, but the on-loan AFC Wimbledon striker still has 11 goals for the season and can be backed to score anytime at 21/20 with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
Can either of these teams be trusted to perform on the biggest day of the season? They both go into this game far from their best and it could come down to who handles the occasion better.
And the smart money could go on Dundee getting the draw they require.
Gary Bowyer's side looked like they could have played all night against Cove and not score and that's a worry. You would fear for them if they needed a win, but they should have enough to get the job done.
Queen's Park look like they may have peaked too soon. They can be bullied and there's a suggestion they are almost too nice. They also conceded two silly goals on Saturday with defensive errors and are vulnerable. They have scored only two goals in their last six games and this should be tight.
It should be a tense, low-scoring affair. Go for under 2.5 goals at 11/10 with McBookie.com.
Finally, in the past five Queen's Park home games at the tight surroundings of Ochilview there has never been less than 12 corners and often considerably more. Dundee won 11 against Cove on their own on Friday too, so go for over 12 corners with UniBet at 11/8.
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