Dunfermline travel to Greenock tomorrow, hoping to become the first team in this season's Championship to take even a point from Morton at Cappielow, with David Hopkin's team having a 100% record from their 3 home games this season. Morton's away form has been less impressive, losing all 4 games, including last week's 6-0 scudding at Tannadice against Lawrence Shankland FC.
Here is the current Championship table. Alloa play Dundee United this evening - the game will be shown live on the BBC Scotland channel, with a 7.05pm kickoff. All other Championship matches are scheduled for a Saturday 3.00pm start.
Last weekend's draw at home to Alloa saw Dunfermline have more of the ball and create more clearcut scoring opportunities than the visitors but unable to secure the 3 points. After the important win at Partick Thistle the week before, pre-game talk last week was about building momentum with another victory. A win tomorrow would rekindle the positivity that was felt after the Thistle game, and set the team up for 2 potentially difficult games against Dundee United and Ayr United, after the international break next weekend.
Team selection for tomorrow's match will be along similar lines to the players who lined up against Alloa. Absentees last week - Paul Paton, Tom Lang, Euan Murray, plus longer term Joe Thomson, are still likely to be missing. Only Paton from that group stands any chance of featuring in Greenock, and he is rated extremely doubtful due to an ankle injury. Hearts loanee Anthony McDonald has returned to Tynecastle having not played any first team or reserve football for Dunfermline after he injured his back a few days before his loan deal began. Andy Ryan, who was ill last week, will be back in the squad tomorrow, and will at the very least give an attacking option from the bench, which was sorely lacking last week. Gabby McGill, out injured for the Alloa game, is also back in training.
The starting 11 will probably be the same as against Alloa, unless Paton is fit enough to play. The extremely youthful team that lined up last week - averaging 21.8 years old - will need strong performances from the senior players - Lee Ashcroft, who will deputise as captain, and Ryan Dow. Our other Hearts loanee, Harry Cochrane, who partnered Kyle Turner in central midfield against Alloa, will likely keep his place although Tom Beadling is an option. Josh Coley, who was heavily involved during his sub appearance last week, is still looking for the consistency required to start games. I would go with the same starting 11, but add Ryan and McGill to the squad in place of Matty Bowman and Danny Devine, who were among the unused subs last time out. That would still leave Stuart Morrison as defensive cover. Ryan Scully, Beadling, Coley, Matty Todd, plus Ryan and McGill, would join Morrison on the bench.