The game of the day sees early leaders Hamilton Academical looking to maintain their 100 per cent record as they visit pre-season title favourites Dundee. History suggests that even at this early stage it could be a crucial match for the Accies – since the current ten-team format was adopted in 1994-95, no side has ever failed to win the title after winning their first five matches. In contrast, the two sides who won their first four matches but then slipped up in match number five – Clyde in 2004-05 and Raith Rovers in 2010-11 – both ended up missing out.
Dundee have a formidable home record against Hamilton, and have won 42 of the 62 previous meetings at Dens Park and have lost just eight times. The good news for the Accies, however, is they haven’t lost on any of their last three visits. Goals may be at a premium – Hamilton have conceded just one goal in their last five away matches in the league, while Dundee have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the Championship.
Bottom club Livingston host Greenock Morton as both sides look to turn things around after disappointing starts to the season. Livi have taken just one point from four matches, which equals their worst ever start to a season – they had the same start in 2005-06 (where they finished 12th in SPL) and 2007-08 (where they went on to end the year in seventh in Division One). Morton have lost five of their last six away matches in the league, but their only win in that spell came at Almondvale at the end of last season. Indeed, they are unbeaten on their last five trips to West Lothian, winning twice and drawing three times.
Leaders Rangers will be hoping to continue where they left off before the international break when they welcome Arbroath to Ibrox. Rangers have made an emphatic start to the season, winning all four of their league matches by three or more goals. They are aiming to become the first side to win their first five matches at this level since Stirling Albion in 2004-05 (although it should be noted that the Binos went on to finish fourth that season).
Arbroath are consistently inconsistent – their start to this season with two wins and two defeats is indicative of a long-term run of form which has seen them winning 12 and losing 11 of their last 25 league matches, drawing just twice. Excluding neutral matches, the Red Lichties have visited Ibrox 20 times and have conceded 69 goals. They have recorded two wins, however – in 1884 and 1974.
Stenhousemuir and Ayr United will both be aiming to build on promising starts to the season when they meet at Ochilview. Ayr have made an unbeaten start to the season – the last time they went four unbeaten at the start of a campaign (2008-09), they went on to gain promotion out of the third tier. Stenhousemuir have three wins out of four, with their only aberration being their late capitulation against Dunfermline Atheltic. The Warriors are unbeaten in their last six matches against Ayr, and have not lost to them at home since February 1997 (though that run only consists of four matches).
East Stirlingshire travel to Clyde as they aim to bounce back from their defeat to Peterhead a fortnight ago. The Shire remain top of the table on goal difference, but are only three points ahead of the Bully Wee who lie in fifth. Clyde have won both of their league matches at Broadwood this season, and have five wins in their last six home league matches overall. They have lost just one home league match to the Shire in the last 100 years, winning 16 of the 21 meetings in that time period.
Albion Rovers and Berwick Rangers both occupy play-off spots at this early point in the season and Saturday’s meeting at Cliftonhill will be a test of both their promotion credentials. Rovers have lost eight of their 12 matches at Cliftonhill in 2013, while Berwick have won just one of their last seven away matches. The all-time head-to-head record between these sides stands at 55 wins for Berwick, 44 wins for Albion Rovers and 33 draws, which will arouse anyone with an 11 times table fetish.