The new season starts for Queen’s Park at the Fountain of Youth Stadium on Saturday, as they get their League Cup campaign up and running. The League Two side head to Premiership opposition in this clash, but how will they fare after finishing last season with three straight defeats? The bookies are in little doubt about who should be expected to win this one, with the Spiders coming into this clash as the heavy outsiders. Are they going to be able to cause a surprise this weekend, or will the Accies kick off with a victory?
The hosts secured their Premiership place once again last season, while that continues to be the main aim of the club. They’re enjoying a sustained spell in the top flight, while they’ll want to hit the ground running as they go looking to maintain their Premiership status this season. Hamilton will be aiming to start off their League Cup campaign with a win, while they’re expected to top the group which contains four lower-league sides. That’s not the worst way to warm-up to a decisive opener – away to newly-promoted Ross County.
Queen’s Park remain in the fourth tier of Scottish football, while they are aiming to stay there once again this season. They finished last term with three straight defeats to nil in League Two, losing 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0 to wrap up the campaign. The Spiders were seventh overall in the table, which shows just how far off they are from a team who are now established inside the top flight.
Home advantage will suit Hamilton, as they secured 61% of their wins and almost three-quarters of their goals at this ground last season. Meanwhile, the Spiders failed to score in 39% of their away trips, losing 56% of their matches on the road. They’ve picked up three away wins in 13 League Cup ties, with those wins coming at Stenhousemuir, Berwick and East Kilbride. Now they face a Premiership side who have won three straight preseason clashes coming into this match.
The visitors lost 15 matches last season in League Two, with 11 of them coming by two goals or more. They lost by at least two goals in over half of their away defeats, so we expect them to struggle in this meeting with Hamilton. Queen’s Park have suffered some big away defeats in this competition in recent years, so we’re backing them to lose this tie by at least two goals.
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