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The Championship

There’s an early top of the table clash as Hamilton Academical, the only team with a 100 per cent record, host promoted side Queen of the South, who have four points from six. When Accies won this division back in 2007-08, they did so after winning their first six league matches, the third of which was a 1-0 win against Queens at New Douglas Park. Hamilton have won their last four home matches against the Doonhamers, conceding just one goal. Indeed, Queens have visited South Lanarkshire 13 times since 2001 and have recorded just one victory, with Accies picking up eight wins in the same period.

Queens have made an entertaining start to the season, with their first two league matches featuring 13 goals. In fact, taking into account the last three games of the 2011-12 season, their last five matches in the second tier have featured 29 goals, with four or more goals being scored in each game. They may find scoring goals tougher this week, with Accies having kept clean sheets in seven of their last ten matches.

At the opposite end of the table, Cowdenbeath are the only side without a point on the board and will be hoping to put that right as they visit newly promoted Alloa Athletic. This will be the first time the sides have met in the second tier since the reconstruction into smaller divisions in 1975. Cowden have not won any of their last 13 regular season league matches at Recreation Park, but they did win there in the second leg of the play-off semi final back in 2009-10.


League 1

The game of the day on Saturday comes in the south-west as Stranraer host Ayr United in what absolutely nobody calls “The A77 derby”. The sides have had differing fortunes at the start of the League 1 season, with Stranraer losing their opening two matches while Ayr picked up maximum points. The Honest Men have won ten of their last 11 matches against Stranraer, with the only blemish being a 0-2 loss at Stair Park in September last year.

Ayr have not won their first three league matches since the 1991-92 First Division season, when they started with four victories but ended up slumping to sixth. You have to go even further back to find the last time Stranraer started a league campaign with three defeats – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was top of the album charts, The Dirty Dozen was due for release and Celtic were champions of Europe when the Stair Park club lost their first six games of the 1967-68 season.

Stenhousemuir have started their campaign with two victories, and will be hoping to pick up a third when Dunfermline Atheltic come to visit. The Pars have lost 11 of their last 19 league matches, winning just four times, while Stenny have won six of their last seven in the league. The sides have not met in the league since the 1985-86 season, when both matches at Ochilview finished as draws. Indeed, the Warriors are unbeaten in five home league matches against the Pars.


League 2

It’s early days in the League 2 season, but this Saturday sees the top four facing off against each other. Leaders East Stirlingshire face a trip to third placed Stirling Albion with both teams having secured two wins out of two so far. The Shire haven’t started a league season with three wins since 1964-65, while the Binos managed it as recently as 2004-05. East Stirlingshire have not won away to Stirling Albion since 1985 – they have suffered 14 defeats in 16 matches since then, conceding more than three goals per game.

Second placed Albion Rovers will hope for a third consecutive win as they travel to fourth placed Annan Athletic. Rovers have not started a league season with three wins since 2002-03, when they went on to finish third in the league and missed out on promotion by a single point. Exactly half of the 12 regular season league meetings between these sides have finished as a draw, including each of the last three. Annan have only managed two league wins over Rovers since joining the league back in 2008.

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson is a football obsessive and a Statistics PhD student. He combined these two passions to create the @SPLstats Twitter account, where he shares trivia about the Scottish game. Craig has scored as many international goals as Chris Iwelumo.

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