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Kilmarnock vs Ayr Predictions & Tips - Kilmarnock Win and BTTS in Ayrshire Derby

  • Kilmarnock vs Ayr predictions for Monday’s Scottish Championship Fixture
  • The match is being played at 7:45pm BST at Rugby Park
  • Kilmarnock have won their last 3 matches against Ayr
  • Can Killie make it 4 wins from 4 against their Ayrshire rivals?
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Kilmarnock have seen BTTS in 9 of their last 10 home matches (Getty Images)
Alex Waite 02 Aug 2021
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  • Kilmarnock vs Ayr FAQ


Kilmarnock vs Ayr Predictions


Kilmarnock begin their Scottish Championship campaign in good form after a strong pre-season and League Cup campaign. They have a good recent record against Ayr and should beat their rivals again.

I am backing a Kilmarnock win and BTTS. 

  • Kilmarnock have seen BTTS in 9 of their last 10 home matches (all competitions) 
  • Kilmarnock have won their last 3 matches against Ayr (all competitions)
  • Ayr have seen BTTS in 3 of their last 4 away matches (Scottish Championship) 

Head-to-Head


Kilmarnock have a 50-43 advantage against Ayr in 123 meetings with 30 draws.

Killie beat Ayr 1-0 in the last meeting between the sides. It was their fourth win in five Ayrshire derbies at Rugby Park. 

Kilmarnock Form


Kilmarnock had a bright pre-season, losing just one of their six friendlies and Scottish League Cup matches. 

Killie are unbeaten in three games following a 2-1 win against Clyde, a 1-1 draw against Greenock Morton and a 2-1 victory over Stranraer last time out. The three results helped them qualify for the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

Tommy Wright’s side were in complete control against Stranraer with 20 shots and 59% possession. Fraser Murray opened the scoring early on before Stranraer equalised in the second period. Killie continued to dominate and Chris Burke scored the winner on 66 minutes. 

The result extended Kilmarnock’s impressive home form. They have lost just once in their last 10 at Rugby Park.

Defensive solidity is a concern for Wright as his side have failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 of their last 13 home matches. 

Kilmarnock Injuries & Team News


Winger Rory McKenzie, midfielder Scott Robinson and defender Jack Sanders all missed the Stranraer match through injury. The trio remain doubtful through injury. 

Ayr Form 


Ayr ended their pre-season in impressive form following three consecutive wins in the Scottish League Cup.

A 3-0 victory against Edinburgh came before a 1-0 win against Hamilton Academical last time out. 

Ayr topped their group to qualify for the last 16 of the League Cup after a 3-0 forfeit win against Falkirk.

Ayr earned a hard-fought three points against Hamilton as Cameron Salkeld’s early goal proved decisive. Ian McCall’s side defended well to see out the victory, despite just eight shots to Hamilton’s 11.

Despite good early season form, Ayr ended the 2020/21 season in poor form. The Honest Men were winless in their last seven Championship matches and conceded 12 goals. 

Ayr Injuries & Team News


Ayr United have no injuries or suspensions ahead of the Ayrshire derby. 

New signings winger Daire O’Connor and defender James Maxwell could join the squad

Kilmarnock vs Ayr FAQ

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Verdict

Kilmarnock are hard to beat at home. Ayr conceded a lot of away goals last year and they have a poor recent record at Rugby Park.

I am tipping a Kilmarnock win and BTTS in the Ayrshire derby.

Best Bet: Kilmarnock Win Full Time Result @-175.44 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: BTTS Yes BTTS @-114.94 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units

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