Ayr United face Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Friday night as they go head to head in the Scottish Championship.
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This will be the 34th meeting between the two sides, with The Honest Men coming out on top in just seven of the previous 33.
Ayr will be hoping to match Morton’s result to avoid a relegation play off, so how will Friday’s game play out?
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David Hopkin’s side were held to a draw last time out, as they nor Queen of the South managed to break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw.
The Honest Men have failed to win in their last six games, picking up just four points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in ninth place in the form table.
Ayr have really struggle on the road recently as well, winning just one of their last five away games.
Caley Thistle were defeated by league champions, Hearts, 3-0 away from home at the weekend.
They’ve not been in bad form recently, though, accumulating 11 points from their last six games. That means they currently sit in third place in the form table.
Inverness don’t tend to win many at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, having won just three at home all season.
Our Picks For Honest Men Picks – Inverness v Ayr United
1. Will Ayr United score in the first half? No
The Honest Men have scored just one goal in the opening 45 in their last five games in all competitions.
It comes as no surprise, though, as they have scored just five from 13 on the road. That’s an average of 0.38 goal scored per first half when playing away.
Meanwhile, Inverness have kept a clean sheet in the first period in 58% of their home games this campaign.
2. Will Ayr United score in the second half? Yes
Whilst they had only scored one in the opening 45 in the last five games, they have failed to score in the closing 45 in those games.
The thing is, they do have a good record in the second half away from home. In fact, they have scored in the second period in 69% of their away games this campaign.
It won’t be an easy task, though. Inverness have conceded just six from 12, which is an average of 0.5 goals against per second 45 at home.
3. How many goals will Ayr United score? 1
Ayr have failed to score in their last two games, but with so much on the line, they will find a way to find the net.
They usually score two when on the road, doing so in 38% of their games. However, they have scored just one goal in 15% of their away games this campaign.
Inverness do have a good defensive record at home and have conceded fewer goals at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium compared to when they play away.
However, they have kept just three clean sheets whilst conceding 11 goals. That is an average of 0.92 goals against per home game.
4. Will Michael Moffat score? No
The forward has just four goals to his name from 31 appearances in all competitions, with only one of them coming in the league.
It’s been a while since that single goal, though, as it came in the 2-0 win over Dundee back in November.
He has a terrible record against Inverness as well, as he has failed to score in any of his 13 appearances against them.
5. How many shots on target will Ayr United have? 4+
The Honest Men had 12 shots against QotS at the weekend, testing Rohan Ferguson with just three of them.
However, the last time these two sides met, Ayr had four shots on target so it could always happen again.
6. Will Ayr United score a penalty? No
Ayr haven’t had too much luck with penalties this season, winning just one from 26 games and that came at home.
Meanwhile, Inverness have only conceded one spot kick, however that also came on home soil.
The man with the whistle, Craig Napier, has awarded 12 penalties from the 24 games he has officiated in.
- How many shots on target will Luke McCowan have? 0
- How many corners will Ayr United be awarded? 4+
- Will Aaron Muirhead score? No
- How many saves will Ayr United goalkeepers make? 4+
- How many goals will Ayr United concede? 2
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