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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Kilmarnock should continue stunning rise

Steve Clarke's improvers can deepen Partick Thistle's relegation fears

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd
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Ladbrokes Scottish League
3pm Saturday

Kilmarnock have been a revelation since Steve Clarke took charge and they could hammer a nail in Partick Thistle's relegation coffin.

The Ayrshire side have soared up the table, comfortably making the top six after seemingly being doomed when Clarke arrived in October.

And there is no reason why they cannot continue their sensational form with a win at odds-against at Firhill.

Killie have lost just once in the league, at Pittodrie, since Clarke arrived at Rugby Park and their consistency has been incredible.

A front three of Kris Boyd, Eamonn Brophy and Lee Erwin have thrived and they have been bolstered by a solid defence too.

In contrast, Thistle have gone from bad to worse. In midweek, they had arguably their biggest game of the season but crumbled to a 4-0 defeat at Ross County to fall to the bottom of the table.

Jags lack leaders in their team and seem too soft for a survival fight and Killie can punish them.

Hibernian have Rangers and Aberdeen firmly in their sights for the battle for the best of the rest in the Ladbrokes Premiership and they can win at Ross County.

Neil Lennon's side won't be fazed by the long journey north to Dingwall and they are boosted by the return of their talisman John McGinn from suspension.

The signing of former Switzerland Under-21 striker Flo Kamberi has been inspirational and Lennon is determined to snatch a surprise runners-up spot.

County grabbed a rare win with that midweek thrashing of Thistle, but Hibs are a different challenge entirely.

The Staggies remain deep in relegation trouble and the capital side should have too much for their hosts.

Alloa have been in decent form recently and can ease past Stranraer at the Indodrill Stadium.

Jim Goodwin's side are nailed on to make the Ladbrokes League One playoffs but they will want third place to ensure an easier route.

Stranraer's win against Forfar last week pretty much secured their survival this season, which is no mean feat given their financial problems, but they have little to play for now.

They may feel more relaxed but they face a tough task against the Wasps, who have lost just once in their last seven games.

Recommendations
Kilmarnock
3pts 13-10 Hills
Hibernian
1pt 21-20 Sky Bet
Alloa
1pt 3-4 general


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