Cowdenbeath v Morton Preview

Morton are in cup action for the second Saturday in a row as they travel to Fife to face Cowdenbeath in the 1st round of the Co-operative Insurance Cup tomorrow.

We go into the game on the back of a 1-0 win against Dumbarton. The Blue Brazil will also be confident having come back from one nil down to beat Peterhead 2-1 at Balmoor; the kind of result we could've really done with in last season's Scottish cup.

So far this season Davie Irons has experimented with a 4-5-1 formation. This formation easily turns unto a 4-3-3 if you have the right personnel in the wide positions and look to attack for most of the game. The flexibility of the formation seems to have made it popular throughout Europe. It's also attractive because the manager can change between the two from game to game with minimum disruption to his players - if they can play one, they can play the other. Last week at Dumbarton the formation was a 4-3-3 but it switched back to the 4-5-1 for the Renfrewshire cup final. I think it's likely that Irons might go back to the 4-3-3 seeing that we are up against lower league opposition.

On the injury front we are still without Dominic Shimmin and Kevin Cuthbert but have a full squad apart from those two. Brian Fairbairn returns for Cowdenbeath and Neil McCabe, Gareth Wardlaw and Scott McBride are set to make their home debuts. Former Morton player Jay Shields (pictured, below) is currently playing with the Central Park side but is doubtful after he missed last Saturday's match with Peterhead due to a foot injury. Darren McGregor and Danny McKay definitely miss out as both have recently undergone surgery.

Admisson Prices

Adults - £10
OAP - £5
Children under-16 - Free

Last Meeting

31.03.2007 - Scottish 2nd Division
Morton 3 - 0 Cowdenbeath

Possible line up

McGuffie Greacen Walker Monti
Masterton MacFarlane Jenkins
Finlayson Weatherson McAlister

Betting (high street prices)

Morton are best priced at 5/6 with and .
Cowdenbeath are 5/2 with .
The Draw is 13/5 with .

My Predicition

Cowdenbeath 1 - 2 Morton
7/1 with , , and

scottishfootballleague.com - Co-Op Cup 1st Round Previews (31.07.2009)

bbc.co.uk - match preview

oddschecker.com - Cowdenbeath v Morton

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