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The Championship

Perhaps the most intriguing of tomorrow’s fixtures is the clash between Dumbarton and Alloa Athletic at the Bet Butler Stadium. The Sons are unbeaten in their last three league matches, and perhaps the most surprising thing about their recent streak is the shortage of goals. Since promotion to the second tier they have played 78 league matches, and their first 75 averaged 3.77 goals per game; their last three, meanwhile, have featured just three in total. Indeed, Ian Murray’s side are looking to keep three consecutive clean sheets at home in the league for the first time since a spell between October and December in 2009, when they were in the Second Division. Alloa have won four of their seven away matches this season but three of those victories were in the Challenge Cup, and the other came against bottom club Cowdenbeath. The Sons are unbeaten in their last 12 meetings with the Wasps, picking up nine wins and three draws.

Raith Rovers have made a good start to the season, and they will be looking to continue that as they host struggling Falkirk. Although they have four wins out of four against the league’s “lesser” sides, Rovers have suffered heavy defeats to Heart of Midlothian and Rangers in their last two games at Stark’s Park. Grant Murray’s team will be looking to avoid making it three consecutive home losses in the league for the first time since between August and September 2004, a season which ultimately ended in their relegation. The Bairns haven’t won any of their last five matches in all competitions, and if they don’t win tomorrow they would equal their worst winless streak since being demoted from the SPL in 2010. Falkirk triumphed in each of the last three meetings of last season, and have suffered just one defeat in their last seven against Rovers.

 

League 1

There’s a clash of top versus bottom at Somerset Park, as high-flying Ayr United face can’t-even-take-off Airdrieonians. With four wins and a draw from six matches, the Honest Men have made their best start to a league season since their promotion campaign of 2008-09. In contrast, the Diamonds have not won any of their eight matches so far this year, and have lost all three of their games away from home. They have already lost more league games in the first six games of this season than they did in the final 20 of last term. Ayr have only lost one of their last eight league matches against Airdrie, but that came in their most recent meeting back in March.

The first ever league meeting of Dunfermline Athletic and Peterhead goes ahead at East End Park. The Pars will be slightly disappointed with their start to the season, but that has more to do with their away form – they remain unbeaten at home in the league. The Pars have yet to concede a goal in their three league games at East End Park and will be looking to make it four league clean sheets in a row at home for the first time since December 2010. Peterhead’s matches have been the lowest scoring in the division so far this season – their six games have featured just 11 goals. The only previous competitive meeting of the two sides came in a League Cup tie at Balmoor in August 2008 – the Pars won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Nick Phinn and Andy Kirk.

 

League 2

Leaders Arbroath will be looking to extend their lead at the summit of League 2 when they welcome Elgin City to Gayfield. The Red Lichties have won five of their opening six league matches, which is as many victories as they managed in their final 27 games of last season. The Black and Whites have won just two of their last 18 away matches in all competitions and have suffered defeat in four of their last five. Amazingly, there has never been a draw in 21 meetings between these two sides – Elgin have 12 wins to Arbroath’s nine. The last five matches between the teams have featured a whopping 35 goals, with the last meeting being a 7-5 win for Arbroath at Borough Briggs in the Challenge Cup in July 2012.

Clyde and Annan Athletic are amongst the candidates for the relegation play-off spot and they meet at Broadwood tomorrow. The Bully Wee have suffered three consecutive defeats in the league and will be looking to avoid making that four-in-a-row for the first time since February 2013. After a poor start, Annan have recorded back-to-back wins, both with clean sheets. They have not kept three clean sheets in a row in the league since November 2011. Clyde have won four of their last five games against Annan, but suffered a 0-3 defeat in their last meeting back in April. This will be the tenth meeting of these teams at Broadwood and the away side have the upper hand in the previous nine meetings, with four wins to Clyde’s three.

 

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Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson is a football obsessive and a Statistics PhD student. He combined these two passions to create the @SPLstats Twitter account, where he shares trivia about the Scottish game. Craig has scored as many international goals as Chris Iwelumo.

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