Match preview: Greenock Morton v Dunfermline Athletic

With four Championship losses on the spin, the last place Allan Johnston would want to take his Dunfermline Athletic side is Cappielow Park.

The stronghold helmed by Jim Duffy, who is a manager that makes life miserable for any and all opponents that step onto the pitch to face his Greenock Morton squad.

Both teams are sat in eighth on three points, ahead of the sixth fixture of the season, and this Saturday’s game is also a must win for the Ton, who are winless in the league. However, the Pride of the Clyde will feel confident of a victory seeing as Duffy has won every meeting against the Pars since he took over for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

Greenock Morton transfers

RB: Michael Doyle (Free – St Johnstone)
LCB: Gavin Gunning (Free – Dundee United)

CM: Jamie Lindsay (Loan – Celtic)
AM: Aidan Nesbitt (Loan – Celtic)
RW: Caolan McAleer (Free – Airdrieonians)
CF: Jamie McDonagh (Free – Sheffield United)
CF: Kudus Oyenuga (Free – Hartlepool United)

Dunfermline Athletic transfers

RB: Euan Spark (Free – Dundee United)
RCB: Lee Ashcroft (Free – Kilmarnock)
LDM: Nat Wedderburn (Free – Inverness Caledonian Thistle)
AM: John Herron (Loan – Blackpool)
RW: Paul McMullan (Loan – Celtic)
SS: Kallum Higginbotham (Free – Kilmarnock)
CF: Gavin Reilly (Loan – Heart of Midlothian)
CF: Nicky Clark (Free – Bury)
CF: Farid El Alagui (Free – Hibernian)

Kickoff time, ticket prices and where to watch

Saturday, 15:00pm, Cappielow Park.
All Stands: Adults – £18, Concessions – £15, Child 12-16 years – £3, Child U12 – Free.

Unavailable Greenock Morton players

Conor Pepper (match fitness) Derek Gaston (thigh), Mark Russell (suspended), Michael Tidser (knee) and Ricky Lamie (injured).

Unavailable Dunfermline Athletic players

David Hopkirk (match fitness), Lewis Spence (suspended) and Sean Murdoch (injured).

Confirmed line-ups

Referee

Kevin Clancy.

Key Greenock Morton player

Ross Forbes: The creative midfielder has contributed to two goals as well as scoring one himself for the Ton in their opening five matches. While never really cutting the mustard for Dunfermline – who did under Jim Jefferies – he found solace with a League One title when he was swapped to Cappielow for Andrew Barrowman. He is now starting to show some of that potential turn into talent as he enters the peak of his career, with his wand of a left foot and his ability from set-pieces, especially direct from free-kicks.

Key Dunfermline Athletic player

Joe Cardle: The fan favorite has been one of the better performers in the Championship for Dunfermline, which is not saying much considering the start to the season. In what is a must win game versus an average opponent for the Pars in this league campaign, it will take one of their most experienced players to grab a hold of this tie and drive Athletic towards victory. The English-born winger will likely be pitted against Michael Doyle. That will not be easy as the backline is the strongest area for Jim Duffy, who loves to stifle the more creative players in the opposition and render them useless.

What Greenock Morton are saying

“For us, I want to try and get back playing to the level I know we can play at. We’ve been off the pace a little bit in the last couple of weeks. I think first half last week we were okay; we competed well and worked hard.” (Jim Duffy, manager)

What Dunfermline Athletic are saying

“We just have to cut out the mistakes, I do not think there was much wrong with the way we played. I thought that we were the better team, created more chances. But the good thing was that we were positive and we were creating the chances. We looked a real goal threat with the pace we had upfront. A lot of good stuff but obviously we need to turn that into results.” (Allan Johnston, manager)

Former Greenock Morton players

Paul McMullan and David Hutton.

Former Dunfermline Athletic players

Ross Forbes.

Previous results

Sat 20 Sep 2014: Greenock Morton 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Sat 25 Oct 2014: Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Greenock Morton
Sat 24 Jan 2015: Greenock Morton 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic
Sat 28 Mar 2015: Dunfermline Athletic 0-4 Greenock Morton

Last Dunfermline win was 1-0 at Cappielow in April 2013.

Odds

Greenock Morton 21/11 Draw 28/11 Dunfermline Athletic 6/4

Prediction

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Table

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