Tuesday 16th April 2013
Kick off 19.45
Concessions are over 65s, 16-21 year olds, full time students and disabled supporters with carers.
Fans will be house in the Main Stand of Firhill Road and not in the Jackie Husband stand as normal.
Raith Rovers head to Firhill on Tuesday, hoping to spoil Partick Thistle’s potential title party, as the home side look for the 3 points that will guarantee them the First Division title. Due to having a significantly better goal difference than Morton, a draw would more or less clinch the silverware, but only a win will mathematically secure it.
Grant Murray will be hoping for a reaction from the disappointing result, and performance during Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Cowdenbeath, and will be calling on his players to replicate the kind of form that saw Raith take a point from the champions in waiting just 2 weeks ago during an entertaining 0-0 draw at Stark’s Park.
Partick’s excellent recent form has been recognised by the SFL who recently awarded Alan Archibald manager of the month for March, while Kris Doolan was given the player award for a month that saw the striker bag 6 goals for the Maryhill side.
It’ll be the 5th time the clubs have met this season, and apart from a 3-0 win for Partick in the quarter finals of the Alba Cup, all the games so far have been close run affairs, with Rovers unfortunate not to have taken more than just 2 points from the 3 league encounters.
Despite Rovers loss to Cowdenbeath on Saturday, they go into the game on the back of some reasonable form, with 3 wins and a draw from their last 6 matches. Partick however are on an impressive run of 5 wins and a draw from their last 6 matches. Indeed the Firhill club haven’t tasted defeat in the league since they lost 2-0 to Dumbarton on the 12th of January, a run of 14 games unbeaten.
The last ten league matches between these two sides have been fairly even, with 3 wins each and 4 draws.
If Thistle avoid defeat on Tuesday evening then it’ll be the first time since 1993/94 that they’ve went unbeaten over the course of a season against the Kirkcaldy side. Those points proved vital to Partick as they finished 9th in the Premier League, tied on 40 points with St Johnstone. The Perth club ended up relegated by the narrowest of margins however, due to having an inferior goal difference of just 1 goal. Rovers, who finished 11th, were also relegated along with Dundee.
Overall head-to-head league record at Firhill:
Partick Thistle wins 39
Raith Rovers wins 11
Partick Thistle goals 127
Raith Rovers goals 64
Raith will again be missing long term absentee Pat Clarke, while Partick will be without Aaron Muirhead, who is suspended after his red card in the Alba Cup final. The home side also have doubts over Paul Paton and Hugh Murray, while new signing Jordan McMillan may miss out due to a virus.
Partick Thistle 1/2
Raith Rovers 5/1