Ayr United welcome Clyde to Somerset Park this weekend, as they go head to head in the third round of the Scottish Cup.
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This will be the 19th meeting between the two sides, with The Honest Men coming out on top in four of them.
The last time Ayr and Clyde met, the former came out 5-1 winners back in 2017, but how will Saturday’s game play out?
Ayr United Team News & Injuries
David Hopkin will be without Cammy Smith as he made his move to America a month earlier than planned.
The boss will have Josh Todd available as he came in to replace Smith earlier this week.
Apart from that, there are no new injuries after the players came through last Saturday’s game unscathed.
Clyde Team News & Injuries
Similarly, Danny Lennon won’t have to make an forced changes to his side due to his squad coming off the pitch okay in the week.
Ayr United Form
The Honest Men failed to beat bottom of the league, Alloa Athletic, last time out as they drew 2-2 on Saturday.
With three draws, two wins and one loss in their last six games, Ayr currently find themselves in fifth spot in the form table.
They’re recent record at home isn’t great reading, failing to win in their last four games with three losses and a draw.
Clyde moved themselves away from the bottom two in the week after they beat Peterhead 2-0 away from home.
They’ve not been great recently either, having won just one game in their last six games meaning they are positioned seventh in the form table.
Our Picks For Honest Men Picks – Ayr United V Clyde
1. Will Ayr score in: 45-59
The Honest Men scored four goals in the last round, and none of them come between this time period.
The thing is, in the league, Ayr have found the net five times between the 45th and 59th minutes, equaling 18% of their goals scored this season.
As well as that, Clyde seem to get off to a slow start in the second half.
From the 33 goals they have conceded in all competitions this season, nine of them have come in the 15 minutes proceeding half time. That’s over a quarter of their goals conceded.
2. Will Ayr score in the first half? Yes
When Ayr beat Elgin City in the previous round, they scored all four of their goals in the second half.
They have found the net in the first 45 minutes in 40% of their home league games this campaign.
The thing is, the visitors have conceded nine goals from seven, which is an average of 1.28 goals against per second half on the road.
3. How many goals will Ayr score? 3
As previously stated, The Honest Men found the net four times to make it through to the third round.
Ayr have actually failed to find the net exactly three times at home in the league this season, but with the difference in quality between the teams, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them do it on Saturday.
With 15 goals conceded on the road in all competitions, Clyde are currently averaging 1.66 goals against per away game.
4. Will Mark McKenzie score? No
The forward has started in just 14% of Ayr’s games this season, and it shows in his goal tally.
McKenzie has found the net on just two occasions, with both of them coming in the league in the 3-1 win over Dundee.
This will be the first time that he will have come up against Clyde in his career.
5. Will Luke McCowan score? Yes
McCowan has found the net on nine occasions this campaign, with two of them coming in the last round of the cup.
Those goals against Elgin were his first for a while, with his previous last couple of goals coming in the 4-1 win over Alloa Athletic in January.
This will be the wingers second time coming up against Clyde, but he failed to score in the previous game against them.
6. Will Ayr score in the second half? Yes
The Honest Men have struggled to score in the second period in the league, doing so in just 20% of their home games this season.
With just three goals scored from 10, they are currently averaging 0.3 goals scored per second half at home.
The visitors have conceded six from seven as well, which is an average of 0.85 goals against per second half on the road.
- Will Tom Walsh score? Yes
- Will Michael Moffat score? No
- How many goals will Ayr concede? 0
- Will Ayr beat Clyde? Yes
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