Partick Thistle vs. Ayr United
Saturday 27th October 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Glasgow to take on Partick Thistle looking to bounce back from just their second league defeat of the season. A strong second-half display in Dingwall wasn’t enough to overcome a two-goal deficit and prevent Ross County regaining top spot in the league table but all-in-all it has been an impressive first quarter from the Honest Men who go to Firhill in good spirit.
Good spirit is something which has been short supply around Maryhill as Ian McCall’s former club have struggled following relegation from the Premiership. The match sees the Championship’s top goalscorers take on its leakiest defence. United have found the back of the net 19 times in nine games while Thistle have shipped 17 goals in 10 games.
Opponents: Former Scotland international defender Gary Caldwell takes charge of Thistle for the first time at Firhill following his appointment as manager a fortnight ago. Last week, he oversaw the Jags’ 1-0 defeat at Alloa Athletic, a first win of the season for the Wasps and Thistle’s fourth consecutive loss.
Caldwell takes over with Thistle in eighth place in the league table, six points clear of bottom side Falkirk. They have lost all five league games on the road this season but picked up three wins from five at home, recording maximum points against Queen of the South, Morton and Falkirk.
Former Kilmarnock striker Souleymane Coulibaly made his long awaited debut for Thistle at the Indodrill Stadium after his protracted transfer from Egyptian football. The Ivorian scored 11 goals in 26 games for the Rugby Park side and will be one to watch.
Team News: Everyone is fit and available.
Ian says: “It sounds strange but we possibly felt more confident last week despite coming away with a defeat. The players were tremendous in the second half and there is no doubt we deserved something out the game. The key now is to start the Partick game in the way we played in the second half at Dingwall. The league table at this stage means nothing, it will be an incredibly tough game and we need to be at our best from the start. No doubt we will be backed by a huge support and we want to send them home happy.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 40
Draws – 28
Partick Thistle wins – 48
United have just one league win in their last eight fixtures at Firhill, Danny McKay scoring the only goal of the game in April 2010 with Ian McCall looking on from the home dugout.
Last Meeting: Saturday is the third meeting between the sides already this season. United were 2-0 winners at Firhill in the Betfred Cup, a game which saw a spectacular strike from Lawrence Shankland, and a week later the Honest Men repeated the feat as they kicked off the Championship season at Somerset Park.
Referee – Bobby Madden
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson
Madden was the man in the middle for the Champions League tie between Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Porto on Wednesday night which saw the Portuguese side win 3-1 in a match that saw two penalties and a red card.
Adults – £20
Concessions (OAPs, 16-18 year olds & students) – £15
Under 16s – £5