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Match Preview: Dumbarton v St Mirren

St Mirren make the short journey across the Erskine Bridge tomorrow to face Dumbarton in the Ladbrokes Championship. 

The Buddies come into tomorrow's match on the back of a 1-0 win over Inverness last weekend that saw The Saints increase their gap over Dundee United at the top to six points. 

That win saw Jack Ross' side extend their unbeaten run to six matches and was St Mirren's fifth win from their last six since a defeat to tomorrow's opponents at the start of December. 

The Buddies have faced Dumbarton twice this season - winning once and losing the other. The first came at The Your Radio 103FM Stadium in October where goals from Gavin Reilly and John Sutton saw St Mirren win away to Dumbarton for the first time since 1996. 

The second, the aforementioned loss in December, saw ex-Saint Tom Walsh score an 80th minute winner to shock the 10 man league leaders who had Stelios Demetriou sent off in the first half. 

While St Mirren are unbeaten since that loss to The Sons last month, Stephen Aitken's side have failed to win in five since that match. They face Saints tomorrow having lost 1-0 at home to Dunfermline last week. They have, however, taken points in draws at home against Falkirk and away to Queen of the South. 

There are a number of familiar faces to Saints in the Dumbarton side. No fewer than five ex-Saints featured in Dumbarton's 1-0 win in December with Scott Gallacher, Kyle Hutton, Tom Walsh, Stuart Carswell and Calum Gallagher all starting at the Paisley 2021 Stadium. Hutton is likely to return to the Sons side tomorrow having missed recent matches against Queen of The South and Dunfermline due to suspension. Earlier today Dumbarton announced the signing of 35 year-old striker Iain Russell and he goes into the squad for tomorrow.

Since St Mirren's relegation to the Championship in 2015, games between The Saints and Dumbarton have been tough fought contests. The Buddies' 2-0 win earlier this season was the first time either side has won the match by two clear goals since a 7-0 St Mirren win in 2008. Tomorrow's encounter is likely to be the same with both sides searching for three points to further their differing aspirations this season.

You can find all the match information ahead of tomorrow's game here.

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