Qualification up for grabs in latest round of Scottish League Cup fixtures
Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Key Stat: Queens Park have not beaten Airdrie in any of their last four visits.
Expert Verdict: Both teams have it all to do if they are to qualify for the next phase of the Scottish League Cup, with Queen's Park having an extra game to play in the Betfred Cup Table South Group E, suggesting Airdrie's hopes of progression are over if they do not win here. Queen's Park should just about have the edge due to their home advantage, but they could need penalties to come out on top in what is likely to be a very tight cup tie.
Queen's Park bounced back from their losing start to the new style Scottish League Cup, putting a 2-0 loss to Queen of the South behind them by beating Stenhousemuir 2-0 in their last game.
There are therefore unlikely to be too many changes made by Gus MacPherson, with his team needing a win against their fellow League One side Airdrie to boost their qualification hopes. McVey could come into the Queen's Park team after scoring from the bench against Stenhousemuir, with Brown perhaps the most likely man to drop down to the bench.
Murphy, Burns, Cummins, McGeever, Gibson, Millen, Bradley, Miller, McVey, Malone, Brady.
Airdrie's start to their Betfred Cup Table South Group E was even worse than Queen's Park's, with back-to-back defeats leaving their qualification hopes hanging by a narrow thread. However, Brown's double sealed a 2-1 win against the section's bottom side Stenhousemuir last time out, giving Eddie Wolecki Black's men hope they could extend their stay in the competition.
Ferguson, Fitzpatrick, Macdonald, Conroy, Gordon, Stewart, Brown, McIntosh, McLaughlin, Russell, Ryan.
Of the last three games between Queen's Park and Airdrie at Hampden Park, two of those matches have ended in a 2-2 draw, including the most recent fixture between the two sides, which also took place in the Scottish League Cup, back in 2012. However, despite those draws, Airdrie have a good record in this fixture and have won on two of their last four visits to Queen's Park.
It is hard to judge the progress of either of these sides as they have each only beaten Stenhousemuir in the competition so far, so it is unclear how good either team really is. Home advantage could be crucial for Queen's Park, although Airdrie have a very good record in their last few visits to Hampden Park, with both teams currently operating in Scottish League One.
There is little to choose between the two teams according to the bookmakers, with not much difference in the odds for either Queen's Park or Airdrie to win the game. Queen's Park have been priced up at 7/4 to win the game in 90 minutes, while Airdrie can be backed at 7/5. Perhaps the best odds for this match are the 14/5 on the draw, while under 2.5 goals at 6/5 also appeals.