Premiership play-off semi-final
After defeating Queen of the South in the quarter-final, Falkirk now face Championship runners up Hamilton Academical in the semi-final. This is the Accies’ first ever involvement in post season play-offs of any sort. Alex Neil’s side lost only one of their last 13 league matches, while the Bairns’ first leg defeat to Queens was their only loss in their last nine games. Clean sheets have been at a premium for both sides of late – the Accies haven’t kept one in their last ten matches, while Falkirk have conceded in each of their last six games. Hamilton had the upper hand in the league meetings between the sides this season, taking ten points from their four encounters. Gary Holt can, however, take confidence from the fact that the Bairns have won all seven of their previous knockout cup matches against the Accies.
Championship play-off final
For the second season in succession, Cowdenbeath have the chance to secure their Championship survival at the expense of Fife rivals Dunfermline Athletic. Last year the Blue Brazil leapfrogged the Pars on the final day of the season, while this time around a two-legged play-off final will decide which club plays in the second tier next season. Both teams have recent experience of play-off finals: Jim Jefferies’s side made it to this stage last season before losing to Alloa Athletic, while Cowden beat Brechin City to win promotion to the First Division in 2009-10. Cowdenbeath are the form side heading into the match – they have four wins and a draw in their last five matches, while their opponents have just three victories in their last 12 games. However, the Pars have the upper hand in recent clashes between the clubs, with eight wins in their last nine meetings, including a success in a Challenge Cup tie at the start of this campaign.
League 1 play-off final
East Fife will be looking to stay up via the play-offs for the second consecutive season, but face a tough tie against an in form Stirling Albion. The Binos have seven wins and a draw in their last eight matches, while the Fife side have lost five of their last six, with their play-off second leg success over Clyde being the only exception. Stirling also remain unbeaten in the play-offs: their only previous involvement saw them overcome Raith Rovers and Airdrie United to gain promotion to the second tier in 2007. East Fife have been in two previous finals – they lost to Queen’s Park in 2006-07 but beat Peterhead last year. The last three matches between the clubs finished 1-0 to East Fife, but prior to that Stirling had suffered just one defeat in ten meetings.
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