The bottom half of the Scottish Premiership table continues to be pretty tight but both Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle have managed to climb away from their previous precarious positions and now sit relatively comfortably in mid-table as things stand.
Neither team are likely to become embroiled in a relegation scrap and neither can realistically make a challenge on the top three, however with just five games left to play before the Premiership splits into a top-half and a bottom-half, the fight is still on for a place in the top six.
Just two points separate Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle as thing stand and on paper there is extremely little to separate the sides. Both have been pretty much a mixed bag since the start of the campaign although it must be said that Killie have been pretty dreadful at home in recent weeks and this may provide the Jags with a measure of confidence ahead of this weekend’s clash.
Lee McCulloch’s men have managed just one win and a draw from their last five Premiership games at Rugby Park and they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup at the fourth round stage by struggling Hamilton Academical in front of the home fans earlier this year. This doesn’t bode too well ahead of a match against a Partick Thistle outfit which have been pretty impressive on the road in recent months. The Jags have won two of their last three games in all competitions and we don’t envisage them encountering too many problems this weekend against a Kilmarnock side which appear to be having issues at Rugby Park of late.