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Both teams may be languishing in the lower reaches of the Scottish Premiership but our man north of the border expects goals when Allan Johnston's men take on Danny Lennon's side

St Mirren will look to maintain their recent run of solid form when they travel to Ayrshire to take on Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Thursday afternoon.

Danny Lennon’s side have lost just two of their last 10 matches in all competitions but were left frustrated at the weekend as they were held to a home draw against bottom-of-the-table Heart of Midlothian.

Kilmarnock slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Hibernian at Easter Road and Allan Johnston’s men will be eager to bounce back against the Buddies here.

The home side are chalked up as 7/5 (2.40) favourites with William Hill to claim all three points from what promises to be a keenly-contested encounter while the visitors are appealing at a chunky 2/1 (3.0) with the same firm to take all three points back to Paisley. The draw is available at 11/5 (3.20) with William Hill.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd, now in his second spell with Kilmarnock, has been in fine form for the Rugby Park side thus far this term, netting an impressive 11 league goals for Allan Johnston’s men.

The 30-year-old striker is chalked up at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill to break the deadlock here while the same firm offer a tempting 6/5 (2.20) that Boyd finds the net at any time during Thursday’s clash.

St Mirren’s veteran striker Steven Thompson has also impressed so far this season, netting eight goals in 17 league appearances for the Buddies.

The 35-year-old front man bagged the opening goal of the game inside two minutes against Hearts on Sunday and the 6/1 (7.0) quote from William Hill for Thompson to strike first is certainly excellent value for punters here.

Danny Lennon’s Saints have failed to net in six of their eight league matches on the road thus far this term, but with in-form strikers at either end of the pitch, there could be value in backing goals on Thursday.

With that in mind, the even money (2.0) quote offered up by William Hill for three or more goals to be scored when these two sides go head-to-head is the recommended play for punters here.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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