The race to reach the SPL next season continues on Friday as the second leg of the semi-final stage takes place. The advantage is that Partick Thistle come into the second leg as they boast a comfortable 3-0 lead over Ayr United.
SPL Playoffs Preview
The second leg of the SPL play-offs takes place this week as the two sides face off for the second time for a place in the play-offs. The advantage is that Partick Thistle come into the second leg as they ran out 3-0 winners in the first clash between the sides last Friday.
Partik were too comfortable in that match and they probably should have won by a bigger margin in front of their home fans. Jack McMillan opened the scoring after just 16 minutes before Brian Graham scored twice in the second half. Partik finished yesterday with 19 shots, six of which hit the target. Only a disaster in the second leg will see them avoid the play-off final.
Ayr United may have home advantage going into Friday’s second leg, but they face a formidable challenge to reach the play-off final. They will have to overcome a 3-0 deficit that seems improbable based on their performance in the first leg. They had just three shots on target in that game, but they didn’t really cause too many problems for Partick’s back line.
It was an incredible collapse from Ayr as they headed into the play-offs in superb recent form after going five unbeaten. However, they have only won two of the previous five matches in the Scottish Championship.
Ayr United vs Perrick Thistle head to head
Partick have a healthy advantage in previous clashes between these sides as they have gone four unbeaten. Ayr’s last win in this fixture came in October 2022 as they recorded a 4-2 victory. However, they haven’t won against Patrick by three goals since a 4-1 victory in August 2018.
Ayr United vs Partick Thistle Prediction
It’s incredibly hard to ignore the healthy advantage Partik boasts in this second leg. Stranger things often happen in the play-offs, but we can’t predict Ayr United getting the win they need to force extra-time this week.
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