Cove Rangers supporters put their faith in manager Hartley to deliver victory against Montrose

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Competition: Scotland League One
Competition: Sat 15.January
Match begins: 15:00 (UTC)
Venue: Balmoral Stadium (3000 seats)

The Cove Rangers & Montrose managers Hartley and Petrie are both fearing and looking forward to this vital game in the upper area of the League One standings.

Insights:
  • Cove Rangers have the most scored goals (43) in League One
  • Montrose have the fewest conceded goals (17) in League One

There should be plenty of energy on the pitch in this game, as both sides have had time to recuperate from their last game. Let's hope both teams are ready to give it all.

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Cove Rangers form and stats

24 points is a decent return from 10 League One games here at Balmoral Stadium for Cove Rangers. The data says 7 wins, 3 draws and 0 losses. The Cove Rangers fans aren't used to losing league-games here at Balmoral Stadium and will expect new points from this game. Cove has played eleven games in a row here without a defeat.

Defensively the home team are doing well, with their goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie not having conceded a league goal in 180 minutes.

Happy days for Cove in their previous game, a League One match away at Clyde (placed 6th) that ended with a 1-0 victory.

In the game before, an away victory match versus Peterhead with a 1-0 scoreline.

The hosts are modest favourites in this match, with the bookmakers estimating the chance of a home win at about 50% +- five percent. It's interesting to look at how Cove have performed under similar circumstances, so here are some numbers: When modest favourites like this (we found six games) they have won three times, drawn three and lost zero.

Goals are plentiful at Balmoral Stadium in the league this season as Cove has scored 26 goals here in 10 home games. Cove are not conceding a lot of goals here at Balmoral Stadium in the league, averaging less than one per game. The total is 9 from 10 matches.

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Montrose form and stats

Montrose's travelling support has been rewarded for their time and money so far this season, having witnessed Montrose collect 22 points from their 10 away matches in the League One. 6 victories and 4 draws have created these points (and only 0 defeats). In general it has been a productive period now for Montrose as they haven't lost any of their last 14 games.

Montrose's last game ended in a draw, the home match versus Alloa Athletic that finished 1-1. The draw against Alloa Athletic came from a losing position. The Montrose manager Petrie brought on Callaghan as a substitute and the player scored to make the scores level.

Ahead of that match was the victory versus East Fife at their stadium, the result 2-0.

Montrose are the outsiders in this one, but not by much. Their performance in similar games (being the away team and moderate outsiders) is five wins, three draws and three defeats. From a total of eleven matches.

With an average of more than two away goals per league game away, Montrose are regular goalscorers on their travels. The Montrose defense is a tough nut to crack, having conceded less than half a goal per away game on average (5 goals in 10 games).

Head 2 Head

The previous head-to-head encounter ended Montrose - Cove 0-0, played this season. Head to head data (for the former nine meetings): Cove won three games, three matches ended in a draw and Montrose have three wins. Over 2,5 goals / under 2,5 goals: five / four

Top Goalscorers

CoveR. McAllister
R. McAllister
13 goals
MontroseG. Webster
G. Webster
13 goals
Cove RangersM. Megginson
M. Megginson
10 goals

Cove Rangers missing players

Montrose missing players

Cove Rangers Montrose
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
21 10 1 Played P 1 10 21
14 7 1 Won W 1 6 10
4 3 0 Drew D 0 4 9
3 0 0 Lost L 0 0 2
43 26 1 Scored S 3 20 36
19 9 0 Conceded C 0 5 17
95% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 90% 90%
76% 90% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 80% 81%
52% 60% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 100% 40% 43%
29% 30% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 30% 29%
19% 30% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 10% 10%
43% 50% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 40% 52%
52% 50% 100% Clean Sheets C S 100% 60% 43%
10% 0% 0% Failed to Score F T 0% 10% 14%
 
5.6 4.7 3 Corners for (avg) C F 4 6.5 6.5
3.8 2.9 0 Corners against (avg) C A 5 4.2 4.1
1.8 2 3 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1 1.8 1.6
3 1 0 Red cards R C 0 1 2
 
12.1 13.4 7 Shots (avg) S ( 8 9 10
4.8 5.8 3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 4 4.1 4.4
43% 45% 33% Goal Efficiency G E 75% 49% 39%
 
7.3 7.3 8 Shots against (avg) S A 5 8.2 8.9
2.8 2.3 0 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 3 3.4 3.3
Key stats in League One this season:
  • Cove Rangers have not yet lost a game at home.
  • Cove Rangers have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Cove Rangers have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • Cove Rangers have scored in all their home matches so far.
  • Cove Rangers have the most clean sheets (11) in League One
  • Cove Rangers have the most scored goals (26) at home in League One
  • Cove Rangers have the most scored goals (43) in League One
  • Cove Rangers have the most scored goals in the second half (34) in League One
  • Cove Rangers have the the best goal difference (+17) at home in League One
  • Cove Rangers have the the best goal difference (+24) in League One
  • Cove Rangers haven’t played a single 0-0 game at home.
  • Cove Rangers is in the best form (6-0-0) in League One
  • Montrose have not yet lost a game away.
  • Montrose have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • Montrose have the fewest conceded goals (17) in League One
  • Montrose have the fewest conceded goals (5) away in League One
  • Montrose have the fewest conceded goals in the second half (9) in League One
  • Montrose have the most scored goals (20) away in League One
  • Montrose have the the best goal difference (+15) away in League One

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Cove Rangers 21 14 4 3 43 19 10 7 3 0 26 9 11 7 1 3 17 10 24 46
2 Montrose 21 10 9 2 36 17 11 4 5 2 16 12 10 6 4 0 20 5 19 39
3 Airdrieonians 20 12 2 6 33 22 11 8 0 3 21 13 9 4 2 3 12 9 11 38
4 Queen's Park 18 6 9 3 32 19 9 4 4 1 19 8 9 2 5 2 13 11 13 27
5 Falkirk 19 7 4 8 27 30 11 4 1 6 16 17 8 3 3 2 11 13 -3 25
6 Clyde 19 6 5 8 23 34 9 3 2 4 12 19 10 3 3 4 11 15 -11 23
7 Peterhead 20 6 4 10 28 32 10 4 3 3 15 9 10 2 1 7 13 23 -4 22
8 Alloa Athletic 20 5 6 9 27 34 9 3 2 4 14 15 11 2 4 5 13 19 -7 21
9 Dumbarton 20 5 3 12 27 44 10 1 3 6 13 20 10 4 0 6 14 24 -17 18
10 East Fife 20 3 4 13 21 46 9 3 2 4 11 12 11 0 2 9 10 34 -25 13

Read more about League One

The Scottish League One is the third division in the Scottish football league pyramid. It holds ten teams who play each other four times for a total of 36 fixtures in a season from August to May. The top team in the league table is promoted, the bottom team relegated. There are also playoffs to promote and relegate.