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The Championship

Hamilton Academical face a tough trip to Livingston as they aim to maintain their slender advantage over Dundee at the top of the table. Alex Neil’s side are unbeaten in their last nine matches and will be looking to take the run into double figures for the first time since the run-in of the 2007-08 season, which, coincidentally, was the last time they were promoted. Livi are unlikely to make the play-offs after defeats in their last two matches have left them six points behind Queen of the South. If they do miss out then they’ll probably rue their home form in 2014, which has seen them lose five of their seven matches at Almondvale. The Accies have kept clean sheets in each of their last five matches against Livi, picking up three wins. However, the last two meetings at Almondvale finished as goalless draws.

Dundee and Cowdenbeath are both striving to avoid finishing in a play-off spot at their respective ends of the table and their clash at Dens Park tomorrow will be crucial. In an odd coincidence, both sides lost to Falkirk and drew 1-1 with Hamilton in their last two fixtures, and both need a win to get themselves back on track. The sides have scored a similar number of goals this season, but the big difference comes with their defensive capabilities – Dundee have the best defensive record in the division, having conceded just 24 times, while Cowdenbeath have let in the league record of 66 goals.

The Blue Brazil have been something of a bogey team for Dundee this season and have claimed victories over them in their two most recent meetings. Tomorrow will be the 20th clash between the side at Dens Park and Dundee will be looking to continue their superiority in the fixture – they have 14 wins to Cowdenbeath’s three. History suggests we should have a winner one way or the other – there have been just four draws in 41 meetings between these teams in all competitions.

 

League 1

East Fife are looking to escape the relegation play-off spot, but they face a tough match against promotion play-off chasing Stenhousemuir at Bayview. Gary Naysmith’s side have taken seven points from their last three matches, but remain three points behind Airdrieonians and Brechin City. They have failed to win any of their last five matches at home, but they did beat Stenhousemuir when they visited back in December. Stenhousemuir, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 11 matches and will be looking to make it 12 without defeat in the league for the first time since the 1994-95 season. It should, however, be noted that they have only managed three wins in this run, with the other eight matches ending as draws. Recent meetings between the sides at Bayview have been very evenly matched – there have been two wins and two draws apiece.

Brechin City and Airdrieonians clash at Glebe Park as both sides aim to pull themselves away from East Fife.  The sides could barely be in more contrasting form – Brechin lost seven of their last ten matches, while Airdrie have suffered just one defeat in their last 12 (and that came against Rangers). This match brings pits one of the poorest attacks in the league with one of the worst defences – only East Fife have scored fewer goals than Airdrie, while only Arbroath have conceded more than Brechin. The three meetings between the sides this season have featured 14 goals, and both teams have scored in each of the last 16 league clashes (excluding play-offs).

 

League 2

Berwick Rangers have fallen five points behind in the race for the final play-off spot and need to pick up a win away to Elgin City to keep their hopes alive. Elgin have not won any of their last six home matches, while Berwick have lost three consecutive games away from home. Meetings at Borough Briggs tend to be worth the entrance fee – there have been 75 goals in 19 matches there this season, and the ground hasn’t witnessed a goalless draw since August 2005, a run of 179 games. Elgin have won all three matches against Berwick so far this season and will be aiming to record four wins out of four against an opponent for the first time since joining the SFL in 2000.

Berwick will also be hoping that Albion Rovers can do them a favour when they take on Stirling Albion at Cliftonhill. Rovers have won just three of their last 12 league games and have lost four of their last six. Stirling, meanwhile, have picked up two consecutive wins and have lost just twice in their last eight. The Binos have not been particularly impressive away from home this season, with just five wins in 16 matches, while Rovers have nine wins in 16 at home. Stirling have won nine of their last 11 league matches against Albion Rovers – Rovers’ only win in that period came in the first match at Cliftonhill back in December.

 

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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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