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THE championship race will continue on Saturday, but the game of the day in the First Division is at the other end as Cowdenbeath take on Hamilton Academical at Central Park in a relegation six-pointer. Cowden are unbeaten in their last six home games in the league, although four of them ended as a draw. Hamilton were sucked into the relegation battle after a run of six league matches without a win, but their shock win over Morton on Tuesday night has boosted their survival chances. The Blue Brazil have gone 21 league matches without a clean sheet, but they can take heart from the fact that their only home shut-out came against Accies back in August. Hamilton have won six of their last seven matches against Cowdenbeath – that game at Central Park in August yielded the only Cowden win in that period.
Both sides will also have an eye on the action at Firhill, where fellow strugglers Dumbarton will take on a Partick Thistle side who have won 12 of their 13 home league matches this season. Dumbarton have performed better on the road than they have at the Bet Butler Stadium this season, picking up twice as many points away from home. None of the last 12 matches between the sides have been drawn – they have six wins apiece.
Brechin City welcome Forfar Athletic to Glebe Park with both teams chasing a play-off place. Brechin have won all six of their home matches under Ray McKinnon and have lost just one of 15 league matches since he replaced Jim Weir. The Loons have lost five of their last six away games, and have won just two of their last 11 on the road. Brechin won each of their last two games against Forfar by a 4-1 scoreline, with both games following the same scoring pattern (0-0 to 3-0 to 3-1 to 4-1). Brechin have never previously beaten Forfar three times in the league in a single season.
Arbroath also have an eye on a play-off spot and they face a trip to Methil to take on East Fife. The Fifers have been drawn into the relegation dogfight after a run of seven league matches without a win, including defeats in their last four. They haven’t gone eight without a win since the 2006-07 season, and haven’t lost five or more games in a row since 2005-06. Arbroath have slipped out of the top four after losing five of their last seven league matches, but they have won two of their last three away matches. East Fife have won just one of their last eight matches against Arbroath in all competitions – that came in this season’s previous meeting at Bayview back in November.
Peterhead and Elgin City meet at Balmoor as both sides aim to revive their flagging seasons. Both started the campaign impressively, but Peterhead have one win in nine league matches while Elgin’s record is worse still – one win in 12 in the league. Coincidentally, both the aforementioned victories came on the same day – Elgin won at home to Annan and Peterhead won away to East Stirlingshire on 9 February. This will be the 30th meeting between the sides in the SFL – Peterhead are well on top with 17 wins to Elgin’s seven.
Berwick Rangers and Montrose are also both chasing a play-off spot, and they meet at Shielfield on Saturday. The match will kick off at the slightly earlier time of 2pm to due to the cross-border time difference – ensuring that the five kick-offs in the division are synchronised. Goals should be expected on Saturday – Montrose have scored in each of their last 23 league games while Berwick have hit the net in each of their last 19. On top of that, both teams have scored in their last seven meetings. Furthermore, Montrose have won their last three matches – they haven’t won four in a row in the league since 2007-08.