St Mirren vs Hamilton – three key duels in the big basement battle

St Mirren have to beat Hamilton in Paisley if they are to avoid the dreaded relegation playoff. They host an Accies side who relegated another struggling side in basement boys Dundee last time out.

Accies can secure survival, while St Mirren have to win to try and avoid the playoff spot so who are the key battles we need to look out for this weekend?


Danny Mullen vs Ziggy Gordon

Accies and Dundee aside, the Buddies are the lowest Premiership scorers. All pressure is on Danny Mullen to replicate his wonder goal against St Johnstone a few weeks back. With two in his last three, the 24-year-old has chosen an excellent time to hit some form.

Mullen is the main man at the minute for St Mirren. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Responsible for trying to stop him will be Accies stalwart Ziggy Gordon. Hamilton’s key defender may have his work cut out. St Mirren are the home side and need the win so don’t be surprised if Oran Kearney’s side come flying out the traps and look to pile on the pressure.

Stephen McGinn vs Tony Andreu

St Mirren’s club captain proves a real anchor for them at times, a protection in front of an often vulnerable defence. He must go all out to stop Accies’ primary creative influence, Tony Andreu. If he can do that, it gives the Buddies a real chance of gaining the win they desperately need.

Tony Andreu tucked away his spot-kick to send Dundee down. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

A modern-day Accies legend, the Frenchman returned to the club on loan from Coventry City. The former Dundee United loanee will take great pleasure from being the one to relegate Dundee. A boost of confidence heading into a big game is massive if Accies can stave off the drop.

Paul McGinn vs Mickel Miller

Paul McGinn, like brother Stephen, is a big character in the Buddies’ changing room. Should Saints keep a clean sheet, their chances obviously increase to win the game. Fail to do so and it could cost them a potential Premiership place.

He’ll have his work cut out trying to stop Accies’ top scorer. Influential with his goals and winning the penalty at Dens, Miller is Accies’ main man in an attacking sense. He could be the difference between getting a result or not.

Brian Rice is on the verge of keeping Hamilton up. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Omens don’t look good for St Mirren

The Buddies haven’t beaten Accies this season. Brian Rice‘s side have recorded two wins in the three meetings so far this season. Another would do to send St Mirren into the relegation playoff spot. It’s now or never for Oran Kearney’s men.

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