The game of the day comes at the Falkirk Stadium, with fourth place Falkirk hosting third place Raith Rovers as both sides look to muscle in on the battle for the title. The Bairns have won four of their last five home league matches, with the only aberration being a shock defeat to Dumbarton in October. Rovers, meanwhile, have lost their last two away league games without scoring a single goal, despite having previously been unbeaten away from home. Rovers are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Falkirk, winning four and drawing four. However, the last three league meetings between the sides have ended as draws.
Meanwhile, leaders Hamilton Academical welcome fifth place Alloa Athletic to New Douglas Park as they aim to bounce back from their defeat against Dundee a fortnight ago. Hamilton have just four wins in their last eight matches and have a single victory in their last three home matches, while Alloa are unbeaten in their last three away games. The sides have not met in the league at New Douglas Park since a Second Division clash in March 2004, which the Wasps won 1-0. They did, however, meet there in the Scottish Cup in January 2011, with Accies coming out as 2-0 victors.
Forfar Athletic will return to the scene of last season’s play-off capitulation, as they aim to end Dunfermline Athletic’s five match unbeaten run. Dick Campbell’s men, have come into some good form of late with their only defeat in their last seven matches coming at Ibrox this week, but Jim Jefferies’ side, meanwhile, have won six of their last seven games at East End Park and have scored two or more goals in all but one of their home league games this season. The Pars have won their last eight home matches against the Loons, with their last defeat coming in September 1983, when Culture Club were top of the charts with “Karma Chameleon”.
At the opposite end of the table, bottom side Airdrieonians face a trip to struggling Brechin City. Brechin have won just one of their last 11 league games, picking up just seven points since the end of August, but that’s elementary compared to Airdrie’s struggles: the Lanarkshire side have lost seven consecutive matches, and have just four wins in their last 40 league fixtures. Their last clean sheet came on 24 November 2012, a whopping 42 games ago.
The biggest game of the weekend comes at Broadwood, where leaders Clyde host third place Peterhead,with only three points separating the sides. Clyde are unbeaten in ten matches in all competitions, while Peterhead have lost just once in their last eight league games. The Bully Wee have won their last three league ties and are aiming to win four in a row for the first time since February and March of 2007, when they went on to finish in fifth place in the First Division. The sides have met six times and Broadwood and have three wins apiece.
It speaks volumes for the competitiveness of this division that East Stirlingshire were top of the table a fortnight ago, but now sit in fifth. They welcome fourth placed Annan Athletic to Ochilview, as both teams aim to recover from a run of indifferent form. The Shire have just one win in their last seven league matches, but that victory came against Annan at Galabank at the end of October. Annan have won just one of their last four league games and have conceded ten goals in those matches. The Shire have hosted Annan ten times since they joined the SFL, and the sides have four wins each with two draws.