League leaders Hamilton Academical will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Alloa Athletic when they welcome Livingston to New Douglas Park. The Accies have won all three of their home league games this season, and winning six of their last seven on their own turf. Livi, meanwhile, have won their last two games and will be aiming to win three-in-a row-in the second tier for the first time since August 2008. Hamilton have not beaten Livingston at New Douglas Park in the league since being relegated in 2011 – they’ve lost two and drawn two of their four meetings. However, they do have the upper hand over Livi in the longer term – the sides have met 20 times in the league and Hamilton have eight wins to Livingston’s five.
Second place Raith Rovers travel for Dumbarton in the internationally renowned “manager with the surname Murray” derby. Rovers have three wins and three draws in the league since their opening day loss and have taken seven points of nine away from home so far this season. The Sons have been consistently inconsistent in recent weeks – their league form of LWLWLW reads like question one in a five-year-old’s “Identifying Patterns” quiz book. Goals should be expected on Saturday – the four matches between these sides last season averaged 4.5 goals per game, and Rovers have scored four goals in each of their two league matches against part-time sides this season.
Bottom side Forfar Athletic will be looking for revenge for last season’s play-off semi-final defeat when Dunfermline Athletic visit Station Park. Dick Campbell’s side have lost five of their last six league matches, though their only win in that period did come against Fife opposition (a 3-1 win away over East Fife). The Pars are doing their best to keep in touch with Rangers at the top and have taken 13 points from their last five matches, scoring 16 goals in the process. Jim Jefferies may be concerned that both of the games where the Pars have dropped points this season came against sides from Angus (a 2-3 defeat to Arbroath and a 1-1 draw with Brechin City).
Elsewhere, Airdrieonians and Brechin City meet at the Excelsior Stadium and both sides will hope to kickstart their season after a disappointing opening. Jimmy Boyle’s side have won just three of their last 33 league matches and have recorded just one home league win since August 2012. Brechin have lost four of their five away matches this season and have conceded two or more goals on each occasion. The last three matches between the sides at the Excelsior have featured 14 goals.
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