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The Premiership play-off quarter-final

To overturn their first-leg deficit against Rangers, Queen of the South will have to do something they haven’t managed since 1948: win at Ibrox. The Doonhamers have visited Govan on 33 occasions and have picked up just two victories. What’s more, both of those were by the same 3-2 score-line, a result which wouldn’t even secure them immediate success, but instead simply take the tie to extra time. James Fowler’s side had the worst away record in the top half of the Championship this season, picking up just four victories on the road.

 

The Championship play-off final

The Championship play-off final is a clash of the Athletics, as Forfar take on Alloa for a spot in next season’s second tier. Both sides have a 100 per cent record in play-off finals – the Wasps have won two and the Loons one. Alloa won the League 1 play-off final against Berwick Rangers in 2005-06, and then beat Dunfermline Athletic in the Championship final just two years ago. Forfar’s only previous final appearance came back in 2009-10, when they defeated Arbroath by an aggregate score of 2-0 to gain promotion to League 1.

Danny Lennon’s side are looking to secure a third consecutive season in the second tier, which would be their best run since the reconstruction into three divisions in 1975. Dick Campbell, on the other hand, is looking to lead Forfar into the second tier for the first time since 1991-92. The sides last met in 2012-13 when both were in the Second Division; Alloa won all four meetings on their way to promotion.

 

League 1 play-off final

Queen’s Park and Stenhousemuir will contest the League 1 play-off final, with both sides having been victorious in their one and only previous final appearance. Queen’s Park’s golden generation earned promotion to League 1 in 2006-07 by thumping East Fife 7-2 on aggregate in the final, and the Warriors went up by the same path two years later after beating the Spiders in the semi before defeating Cowdenbeath on penalties. That 2008-09 play-off semi was the last time the sides met – Stenhousemuir won 2-1 at Ochilview before progressing with a 0-0 draw at Hampden. The clubs swapped divisions as a result of that previous play-off meeting, and have stayed in their respective leagues ever since. Could this be the year that they swap back?

 

The Pyramid play-off final

There will be a nervy afternoon in store at Links Park as Montrose look to overturn Brora Rangers’ 1-0 aggregate lead in the Pyramid play-off final. The Gable Endies won just six of their 19 home matches in all competitions this season, while Brora won 20 of their 22 away matches – their only defeat coming against Championship side Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup. Much of that disparity may be down to the relative difference in quality of their opposition, but form and confidence could still prove to be important. Montrose lost their last home match against non-league opposition, a 2-1 defeat to Edinburgh City in the 2012-13 Scottish Cup, while Brora have lost each of their last four away matches against S(P)FL clubs.

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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