Patrick Thistle have long been regarded as Glasgow’s ‘third’ team although the distance between themselves and the Old Firm duo is in very real danger of widening with the Jags sitting at the foot of the Championship table as things stand. Gary Caldwell’s side have had a disastrous season so far and the 1-0 defeat to Queen of the South at Palmerston Park last weekend was enough to leave them a point adrift at the bottom of the division. Ironically, Patrick’s last win came against that same side back in September when they beat the Doonhamers 3-2 at Firhill although they have since collected a measly one point in their subsequent eight Championship outings. We don’t envisage the Jags adding to their dismal tally when they entertain the Pars on Saturday afternoon, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Patrick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic.
Dunfermline Athletic are hardly flying high in the Scottish Championship with consistency holding them back in their fight for a play-off place, however they do enjoy a seven-point cushion between themselves and the relegation zone thanks to some decent wins of late. The Pars head into this match on the back of a confidence-boosting 3-0 win at home to Greenock Morton last weekend and they edged past Patrick Thistle by a single goal in the last meeting between these sides back in late September. We’re expecting this latest meeting to be a pretty evenly-fought affair although while the Jags have home advantage on their side, we envisage the visitors making it two wins on the bounce when they head to Firhill on Saturday afternoon, Unibet Bookmakers going 13/11 on Dunfermline Athletic to win.