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Match Preview - Morton vs Partick Thistle (12th November)



Morton v Partick Thistle - Match Preview

by Russell Gordon

Partick Thistle call in at Cappielow Park Supported by Dalrada Technology UK this weekend looking to arrest a quite remarkable decline in their fortunes since what was, for Morton at least, quite a chastening afternoon at Firhill just six short weeks ago. 

With the clubs effectively having swapped places in the table since then, with the hosts occupying second place in the table and Ian McCall’s side now in seventh place, although only two points behind Morton in a cut-throat Championship. 

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Squad News 

Glen’s Vodka SPFL Championship Manager of the Month for September and October Dougie Imrie should have an unchanged squad- whilst club captain Grant Gillespie breached the threshold for a suspension with his booking against league leaders Ayr on Saturday, his ban doesn’t kick in until next Saturday’s trip to Cove Rangers. Centre back Darragh O’Connor has been out since the win over Raith last month and will miss out along with reserve keeper Lawton Green, whilst Efe Amborse is likely to continue after two impressive appearances since his arrival. 

Current Connections  

The two Robbies, Muirhead and Crawford, both had short spells at Firhill- the latter in the second half of last season and the former on loan from Dundee United in 2015. It’s fair to say that Muirhead isn’t the most popular of figures amongst the Firhill faithful, so he’ll be hoping to score in his third consecutive meeting with Partick, although a happier ending than last time around would be nice! 

Speaking of unpopular former employees, Partick boast former ‘Ton winger Scott Tiffoney and striker Brian Graham in their ranks. Graham was particularly scathing in expressing his views of the Greenock club’s support when interviewed by a down market tabloid after his club’s rout of an uncharacteristically poor, and admittedly understrength Morton last month. 

Manager Ian McCall also managed Morton, back in the dark old days under Hugh Scott, whilst midfielder Kyle Turner is the son of former Morton midfielder Tommy. 


Photo - GBR Photographs.

Tale of the Tape  

Whilst Morton it was had the better of the head-to-heads last term, it was a different story when we called in at Maryhill. Robbie Muirhead’s fantastic strike from a first half free kick was of little consequence as Partick ran riot against a makeshift defence which was sorely missing the injured Alan Lithgow and suspended Jack Baird, following his red card in the SPFL Trust Trophy win over Ayr the previous week. With Jai Quitongo missing under similar circumstances, and Grant Gillespie’s influence on the team nullified (in my opinion at least) by an early booking, Morton were on a hiding to nothing against a Partick side that were firing in all cylinders on the day. 

Opposition Analysis  

As I’ve already said, things haven’t quite gone according to plan for Partick since that afternoon- they’ve since exited the League Cup at Pittodrie and lost five of their six league games with only a win at bottom-dogs Hamilton to show for their endeavours. That run has seen no points from their last four games and fourteen goals conceded in the process, with a 0-4 home defeat by Queen’s Park and a 2-3 capitulation to Dundee, having led 2-0 at the break thrown in for good measure. Stop laughing at the back, there. 

Partick fans will point to their injury list, with Graham and Tiffoney being notable absentees in recent weeks, but expected to return for Saturday’s Cappielow showdown. 

With discontent in the support about the goings on at boardroom level, and McCall even facing calls for his own head, Imrie will be wary about what to expect against what clearly appears to be a wounded animal at the moment, whilst also trying to right the wrongs of that visit to Glasgow. 

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Betting Guide  

All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 11th November 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. 

Morton are slight favourites going into the game at 7/5, whilst a Partick win is priced at 17/10 and the draw comes in at 9/4. 

Cinch Championship Player of the Month Robbie Muirhead to score the final goal in the game is 13/2, whilst Morton to score in both halves is 13/5. 

Match Officials  

Referee- Graham Grainger 

AR 1-  Calum Doyle 

AR 2- John Stewart 



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