League leaders Dundee will be hoping to extend their recent run of good form when they take on struggling Cowdenbeath at Dens Park. There’s almost a symmetry to the recent form of these sides: Dundee have been as good as Cowden have been poor. The Dees have won seven of their last nine league matches, losing just once, while the Blue Brazil have just a single win in their last ten in the league, losing seven times. Dundee remain unbeaten at home in the league this season, winning five of their seven matches and conceding just three times, while the Blue Brazil have yet to win away from home, losing five out of seven and scoring just three.
The clubs have met 18 times at Dens Park in all competitions, and Dundee have 14 victories to Cowdenbeath’s two. Dundee have scored 56 times in those matches – an average of over three per game. Cowdenbeath’s last win at Dens Park came in 1931, the same year that the Empire State Building was completed and James Dean and Desmond Tutu were born.
Hamilton Academical lost their grip on top spot as a result of two consecutive defeats but they will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Livingston. The Accies have lost just one of their seven away matches in the league this season, but have scored just nine goals on the road, four of which came in a single match against Cowdenbeath. Livi picked up wins in each of their last two league matches, scoring a total of eight goals. However they have not kept a clean sheet in 15 games in the league this season.
The game of the day in League 1 is a battle of two play-off contenders as Ayr United host Dunfermline Athletic. Goals should be guaranteed – supporters at Somerset Park have witnessed 30 goals in seven league matches this season while Dunfermline’s seven away league games have featured 26 goals. This will be the third meeting of the sides in a fortnight; they clashed in a Scottish Cup tie which the Pars won after a replay. Dunfermline are unbeaten in six matches, picking up four wins and two draws, while the Honest Men have won just one of their last six.
At the opposite end of the table, bottom side Airdrieonians host fellow strugglers East Fife. The Diamonds have lost seven games in a row, while the Fife are on a one match winning streak, equalling their biggest run of consecutive victories this year. East Fife have won just once at the Excelsior Stadium in seven visits, that was just over two years ago when they scored twice in the last ten minutes to seal a 3-1 victory.
Peterhead and Albion Rovers are separated by six places in the League 2 table, but there are just five points between the sides going into Saturday’s match at Balmoor. Both teams come into the match in good form: Peterhead are unbeaten in five matches while Rovers have won three games in a row, including that famous victory over Motherwell. The Blue Toon are unbeaten at home in the league this season, but have drawn five of their seven matches. Rovers, however, have lost their last three away matches. The sides have met ten times at Balmoor, and Peterhead have four wins to Albion Rovers’ three.
Fifth place Montrose will be looking to move into the play-off places when they host second place Clyde. Both teams go into the match in reasonable form, with the Gable Endies having lost just one of their last five league games, while Clyde have suffered just one defeat in eight in the league. Montrose have scored 23 times in their last six matches against Clyde at Links Park.
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