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FIRST DIVISION

FALKIRK  travel to Airdrie United as they look to continue to move away from the relegation play-off spot. Falkirk are unbeaten in five matches against Airdrie since 2002, winning three and drawing two. Airdrie have not won at home since beating Dumbarton on the opening day of the season – they have lost five matches and drawn two in all competitions since then. Falkirk have won their last two league matches, and will be looking to win three in a row for the first time since April 2011.

At Central Park, there is a big East v West (Lothian) clash between Cowdenbeath and Livingston. Cowden have only beaten Livi once in the eight meetings between the sides – that win came at Almondvale back in November 1995. Cowdenbeath have gone ten league games without a win – equal to their longest winless streak on their last visit to SFL1. They haven’t gone eleven games without a league win since the 1992-93 season (again in the First Division), when they went a club record 33 matches without tasting victory.

Dumbarton will be hoping for a first home win of the season when Raith Rovers come visiting. Dumbarton have gone nineteen home matches without a win at this level if you include their previous season in the First back in 1995-96. The last meeting between the sides at The Rock came back in February 2006, when the Arctic Monkeys were hogging the number one spot in the album chart with “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”.

 

SECND DIVISION

The game of the day is a clash between second and third, with Alloa hosting Forfar. The sides previously met 150 times in the league, and Alloa have the slight upper hand with 61 wins to Forfar’s 57. There has not been a goalless draw between the sides for 55 matches – the last one came in November 1981.

Brechin City host Ayr United as Ray McKinnon looks to bounce back from the first league defeat of his tenure. McKinnon has won all three of his home matches in charge of the club, while Ayr boss Mark Roberts has just one away win in nine matches since taking over in the summer.

East Fife welcome Stenhousemuir to Bayview with both sides knowing that a win will move them nearer the promotion play-offs, while defeat may see them sucked into the race for the relegation play-offs. Stenny are unbeaten in their last six matches against the Fifers, picking up four wins and two draws.

 

THIRD DIVISION

Borough Briggs will be packed to the rafters with 345,000 ticket holders attending Elgin City‘s top of the table clash with Rangers. Both sides are in excellent form – Elgin are nine matches unbeaten, their longest run since joining the SFL, while Rangers have won each of their last seven league matches. Elgin’s only home defeat this season came against Glaswegian opposition – Queen’s Park picked up a 4-0 win there in September. Rangers won both previous matches against Elgin this season, but both of those were at Ibrox.

Meanwhile, Queen’s Park will leave Glasgow in the opposite direction as they travel to play Berwick Rangers. The Spiders are unbeaten in their last four league matches, while Berwick have gone three without a win. Berwick will be looking for their 50th win over Queen’s Park in all competitions – they currently trail 56-49 in the all-time head-to-head, with 27 meetings having been drawn.

 

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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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