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Ayr United vs Partick Thistle betting tips: Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final second leg preview, predictions and odds

Ayr United vs Partick Thistle odds and betting statistics

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Ayr United vs Partick Thistle match preview

After claiming an emphatic victory in the first leg, Partick Thistle supporters can start looking forward to a place in the play-off final.

In last Friday night’s first leg at Firhill, Partick Thistle dominated throughout and claimed throughly deserved 3-0 victory.

Jack McMillan borke the deadlock, following an amazing through-ball by Steven Lawless, before talismanic striker Brian Graham scored twice in the second half.

The first a close-range tap-in, turning home Scott Tiffoney’s pull-back, before Aidan Fitzpatrick’s cross was poked in on the half-volley by Graham.

Since the Premiership play-offs were introduced in 2014, all five teams who’ve won a match by 3+ goals have, unsurprisingly, gone on to advance through that particular tie.

This seems unlikely to change, but Ayr United have to believe in miracles.

Ayr have not featured in the top-flight of Scottish football since 1978 and, baring an historic comeback, that fact will remain true.

Partick Thistle meanwhile had to overcome Championship runners-up Queen’s Park in the quarter-finals just to get this far, demolishing the Spiders 8-3 over two legs.

Kris Doolan’s team are therefore now unbeaten in nine matches, scoring 27 times across those fixture.

The Jags were relegated from the Premiership as recently as 2018 but now, after a brief spell in League One, are dreaming of a return to the top-flight.

No club has ever won these play-offs when starting in the quarters, but Partick look well placed to change that.

Whoever prevails in this tie will face the Premiership’s 11th place finisher (probably Ross County), in the play-off final, with the first leg coming up on Thursday.

Will Partick finish the job they started in Glasgow at Somerset Park?

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