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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Motherwell can push Inverness deeper into the mire

Louis Moult (left) is pivotal to Motherwell’s survival chances
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Ladbrokes Scottish leagues
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Motherwell have not won a home league game since November. Caley Thistle haven’t won on the road since October. Something is likely to give at Fir Park and it could be the Highlanders who are plunged into even deeper trouble.

This crucial Ladbrokes Premiership relegation encounter is a must-win for both clubs, but it is worth siding with Well for two reasons.

The first is that prolific hitman Louis Moult is back for the Lanarkshire men. The former Wrexham striker is by far Motherwell’s biggest goal threat and may also stop them from playing a long-ball game that new manager Steve Robinson has been reliant on in his absence.

Second, is Inverness’s chronic injury problems.

Striker Billy McKay, Gary Warren, Larnell Cole, Josh Meekins, David Raven and Aaron Doran are all missing for the visitors, who could struggle to name a full quota of substitutes.

Caley Jags are bad enough without any further injury setbacks and Well can end their recent home hoodoo.

Clyde can give themselves a huge boost in their bid to stay in the Scottish Football League by beating out-of-form Elgin City at Broadwood.

The Bully Wee have had a catastrophic season and are in a battle to stay up with Cowdenbeath, Edinburgh City and Berwick Rangers.

However, there are signs that the monumental mess left by former boss Barry Ferguson, who turned the pre-season Ladbrokes League Two favourites into relegation candidates, is starting to clear.

The controversial signing of former Scotland international striker David Goodwillie has to be a positive in footballing terms, even with his off-field distractions.

He should have far too much quality for defences at this level.
Clyde beat in-form Annan Athletic at home last week and a win against the Highlanders should ease their relegation fears.

Having being touted as title contenders at one stage of the season, Elgin have collapsed.

They haven’t won in eight games and are badly missing 24-goal Shane Sutherland.

Staying in League Two, Stirling Albion still harbour playoff hopes and they can boost those chances with a win against Cowdenbeath at Forthbank.

A run of seven wins out of eight tells its own story and the return of striker Dylan Bikey on-loan from Hearts will boost the Binos.

His goalscoring exploits earned him a move to Hearts in January and has since been loaned back to his former club.

The Blue Brazil have certainly improved under Gary Locke, but it looks a generous price on an in-form Albion team who have plenty to play for.

Recommendations
Motherwell
3pts 29-20 general
Clyde
2pts 7-5 bet365, Paddy Power
Stirling Albion
1pt 7-5 Hills

Inverness are bad enough without any further injury setbacks
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