We complete our Betfred Group B fixtures with a trip to McDiarmid Park on Saturday, still in with a chance of topping the section after home wins over Falkirk and Elgin City if we can spring a major surprise in Perth.
The eight group winners and four best runners-up progress to Sunday afternoon’s second-round draw but it’s likely we would have to win our section to go through.
St Johnstone have seven points and we are on six with an inferior difference so a shoot-out victory would not be enough to leapfrog Saints.
Current standings: Click here for tables on SPFL website.
Team news: Ross McGeachie, Aurelien Mazel and Darren Petrie are all likely to again miss out as they recover from injury but Ross Kavanagh, top scorer for the U20s last season, could be added to the squad.
Opponents: Tommy Wright’s side kicked off Group B with a 3-1 with at Elgin then saw off Falkirk 3-0 at McDiarmid Park before losing in the shoot-out after a 1-1 draw at Brechin on Tuesday. Michael Coulson (York City), Keith Watson (St Mirren), Blair Alston (Falkirk) and Paul Paton (Dundee United) have joined Saints – who finished fourth in the Ladbrokes Premiership last season – this summer. They begin 2016/17 at home to Aberdeen on Sunday August 7, live on BT Sport at 12.15pm.
Past meetings: We won 3-1 in a midweek match in April 2008 thanks to two Chris Aitken penalties and a Jay Rodriguez goal just three days after Saints had lost the Scottish Cup semi-final to Rangers and their cause at Forthbank wasn’t helped by an early red card for Kevin James. We lost 2-1 on our last visit to McDiarmid Park in January 2008 but drew 2-2 earlier that season. A last-minute Ian Ferguson goal denied us a Scottish Cup quarter-final place on a Monday night in February 1994 – it finished 3-3 in Perth and we lost the replay 2-0 two days later.
League Cup pedigree: Saints have twice reached the final but lost to Celtic in 1969/70 and Rangers in 1998/99. Our best run was in 1961/62 when we lost to Hearts in the semi-finals.
Referee: Barry Cook
Admission: Adults £10, Concessions £5, U13s free. Albion fans will be housed in the north end of the Main Stand via turnstiles 5, 6 and 7.
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Saturday’s other Group B fixture: Falkirk v Brechin City
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Hearts U20s – 02/08/16 – IRN-BRU Cup R1