GAMES are starting to run out for some clubs as we approach the end of the season and it's another crucial weekend for the five Scottish Championship clubs trying to avoid the drop to League One.
Falkirk have a six-pointer at home to bottom club Alloa and victory for Ray McKinnon's side would ease their automatic relegation fears while Partick Thistle are a club also desperate for points as they welcome a Dunfermline side who still have an outside chance of making the play-offs.
Falkirk vs Alloa (3pm)
Draws are no use in this league and Falkirk know it – since the turn of the year they may have only lost one of their last 12 games but have drawn seven times and that's why they are still are in their current predicament.
They need to start turning draws into wins and won't have a better opportunity to do so against bottom side Alloa who they love playing.
Alloa will be buoyed by their terrific win at home to champions Ross County last weekend but their away form is a real worry. They've won just one of their 14 away matches and absolutely hate playing Falkirk.
They've only beaten Falkirk twice in the last 24 meetings between the sides which doesn't bode well for this crunch match. Falkirk have won 9 and drawn 2 of the last 11 meetings between the sides and Alloa have never won at this stadium.
Falkirk are proving to be a tough side to beat but and have more than enough quality to edge out an Alloa side who have conceded 2 or more in 11 of their last 13 matches away from home.
- Falkirk to win
- 19-20 (Unibet) (NAP)
- Falkirk over 1.5 team goals
- 1-1 (Coral)
Partick Thistle vs Dunfermline (3pm)
Another club in desperate need of points are Gary Caldwell's Partick Thistle. After relegation from the Scottish Premiership it's been disaster of a season for them.
They sit in the relegation play-off spot just three points above Alloa but have an experienced side and look a big price to see off Dunfermline who are only eight points better off than Thistle.
With home advantage, a need for points and a playing squad full of Scottish Premiership experience I'm taking Thistle to inflict a third defeat on the spin for the Pars and collect another vital three points after last week's impressive 3-0 win away at Morton.
- Partick Thistle to Win
- 7/4 (Betfred)
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