St Mirren visit basement club Hamilton on Matchday 4 of the Scottish Premiership calendar. The Saints lost half of their matches last year before the term was curtailed, as did Hamilton, who survived on the average points per game ruling at the expense of Hearts. The travelling party were also teetering on the brink.
Where and when: New Douglas Park, Hamilton – 15 August, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Hamilton vs. St Mirren: Not broadcast live
Last time: Ilkay Durmus and David Templeton exchanged efforts during an entertaining contest in Paisley.
Hamilton v St Mirren Predictions and Preview
Hamilton were the big beneficiaries of the SPFL’s decision to end the 2019-20 campaign. The Accies were only four ahead of Daniel Stendel’s relegated squad with a possible 24 points up for grabs.
Despite their good fortune, there are reasons to be cheerful for Brian Rice. The South Lanarkshire outfit beat Rangers in their penultimate match and there are a number of experienced professionals in the ranks.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|St Mirren to win 2-1||10/1||Offer|
|Half-Time/Full-Time St Mirren/Hamilton||30/1||Offer|
|Under 0.5 goals||11/2||Offer|
Star performer David Templeton is back in the fold. The former Rangers ace has been struggling with a back issue and missed the start of the new season. Templeton got a late run-out against Ross County and Rice may thrust his talisman in to the line-up.
The Glaswegian is 11/2 to open proceedings and bettering his 8-goal haul achieved in 2018 would go a long way to keeping the Accies in Scotland’s top tier. Hamilton are 13/8 to emerge triumphant and the draw is 2/1.
Jonathan Obika will spearhead St Mirren. The striker graduated from the Tottenham Hotspur academy but never featured for the first-team. Remarkably, Obika has had 11 loan spells, but has finally settled in his surroundings.
The Enfield born hitman turned out for Yeovil, Crystal Palace, Swindon Town, Millwall, Brighton & Hove Albion in the lower leagues and was part of a Spurs group consisting Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane.
Obika has not hit the same heights as the England skipper but is carving out a decent career in Scotland and is reportedly in line for a new contract, not long after penning a two-year deal last summer.
One to watch for Hamilton: Marios Ogkmpoe struck home and away against Celtic and his physicality upfront will be an asset. The burly Greek is 13/2 to notch anytime.
One to watch for St Mirren: Jim Goodwin has challenged Durmus and Kyle McAllister to increase their productivity through on goal and lessen the burden on Obika. The Turkish winger is 16/1 to score last.
Long shot: Goodwin knows his team are an Obika injury away from disaster. The Saints only scored on 24 occasions last year, seven fewer than the Jambos and the clash against a confidence hit Hamilton could be the ideal opportunity for the attack minded players to deliver. A 3-0 success in favour of St Mirren is 25/1.