It’s bottom versus top in the Championship as Cowdenbeath visit Edinburgh for a second consecutive week to take on Heart of Midlothian. The Blue Brazil have lost four league games in a row – they have not lost five on the bounce since a spell between January and March 2008, and ominously that happened in a season where they were relegated from the Second Division. Hearts, on the other hand, have won six of their last eight matches at Tynecastle in all competitions and their only defeat came against Partick Thistle in May. The sides have not met since January 1997, when Hearts won a Scottish Cup tie 5-0 at Tynecastle with ex-Cowden manager Colin Cameron on the scoresheet. These teams are in the same division for just the second time since World War II – the only other season was 1970-71, when the Jam Tarts won both matches. The Blue Brazil have only ever recorded one competitive victory in 16 visits to Tynecastle, which was a 3-2 victory in December 1927.
Livingston and Raith Rovers meet at Almondvale, with both sides having made reasonable starts to the season. Livi have won both of of their home league matches this season, while Raith have won both of their away Championship games. The teams have only kept one clean sheet each, so you would expect goals on Saturday. Livi have won their last three matches against Rovers, and will be trying to win four in a row for the first time ever.
One point separates the top five in this division at this early stage, and four of those sides face off against each other on Saturday. The two pre-season favourites clash at Cappielow as leaders Dunfermline Athletic travel to take on fifth place Greenock Morton. The Pars started poorly, but have recorded three consecutive league wins – something they only did on two occasions last season. The Ton, meanwhile, have picked up five wins and a draw in their last six home league matches, but were knocked out of both cups at Cappielow this season. Dunfermline have a good recent record in Inverclydeof late, with four wins on their last six visits.
Elsewhere, fourth place Brechin City welcome second place Ayr United to Glebe Park. Brechin are the only unbeaten side in the division – their current five-match spell without defeat is their best since the winter of 2012-13. Including the tail end of last season, Ray McKinnon’s side have suffered just one defeat in their last ten league matches. In contrast, Ayr have only won three of their 11 away league matches in 2014. Brechin are unbeaten in their last seven matches against the Honest Men, with five wins and two draws.
The game of the day sees leaders Albion Rovers travel south of the border to take on third placed Berwick Rangers. Rovers have recorded three consecutive league wins, and will be looking for four in a row for the first time since October and November 2011. Berwick have won five of their last seven matches at Shielfield, one of which came against Rovers in March. Indeed, Berwick Rangers managed a clean sweep against the Vers last season, winning four games out of four.
At the opposite end of the table, East Stirlingshire and Annan Athletic meet at Ochilview as both sides look to move away from the bottom. The Shire have won their opening two home league matches and will be looking to win three-in-a-row at home for the first time since September and October 2012. Annan, meanwhile, have lost their last seven away matches in all competitions, their worst run since joining the SFL in 2008. Annan picked up three wins and a draw from the four fixtures between the sides last season.
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