Fourth plays seventh in Dumfries tomorrow - weather permitting, with heavy snow and 45mph winds forecast for the hours before and during the game. Should the game go ahead, hosts Queens will be without their talisman Stephen Dobbie through injury, while the Pars will aim to end a difficult week for the club with the much needed boost that a win would bring.
Here is the current Championship table:
Stale performances on the pitch and a statement from the club chairman that highlighted off-field problems between the club and a minority of supporters: it's not been a great week and the game tomorrow will be another test of the team, management and the mood of the fans. There is a sense of despondency around the club at the moment, caused by a prolonged spell of poor results, with the manager's popularity declining alongside the fortunes of his team.
Only 4 points out of a play-off position but also not completely detached from the teams below us, a win at Palmerston - a venue where we are unbeaten in the last 5 visits - could be pivotal for our season; the difference between a gap of 1 point, or 7 once the game is over.
Whatever the result, here's what I hope for this weekend - a tweet I sent last night: thanks to the people who have responded to it. There's been enough of the wrong kind of drama surrounding the club - let's get back to the football! Here's the tweet:
Team, formation etc
After a decent display at home to Morton 2 weeks ago, certain players under-performed at Partick last week, with the midfield in particular a disappointment. For tomorrow's game, I would bring in Kallum Higginbotham - now free from suspension - to replace James Craigen on the right midield, and give Tom Beadling a first League start of the season, replacing James Vincent. The rest of the team remains unchanged, partly due to lack of options. Mark Durnan will be a contender, but may not be fit enough to start.
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
The perennial midtable Championship team, Queens have slipped into the top 4 almost unnoticed. Losing top scorer Stephen Dobbie to injury - possibly out for a month - will be a huge blow for them, as is the absence of Gary Harkins, also through injury. Despite that, boss Gary Naysmith will be confident going into the game and he had this to say this week in the lead-up to the match: ''For the club to be in the top 4 in the second week in December, everyone deserves a lot of praise. They're a super group of players and work really hard. We've played 16 games in the League this season and if you add the last 3 from last season, we've only lost 4. That's good consistency."
Asked about this weekend's game, Naysmith said: '' Dunfermline will feel they need to pick up points or they're going to become detached. There's a lot for both us and them to play for. As it stands just now, there's a lot of teams eyeing that fourth place and we're one of them. We want to close the gap on the teams above us and if we can do that we'll also open up a bigger gap on teams like Dunfermline, Falkirk and Partick Thistle. It's as simple as that.''