The Stat In The Hat

The Championship

Falkirk will be looking to maintain their place at the top of the league when they host bottom club Greenock Morton. The Bairns are unbeaten in ten league matches, but Morton have finally found some reasonable form and have gone three games without defeat for the first time since March last year. Gary Holt’s side can make a small piece of history by keeping a club record seventh consecutive league clean sheet, and with Morton being the lowest scoring side in the league, you wouldn’t necessarily bet against it.

Not one of the Morton’s last 13 trips to face the Bairns finished as a draw. The last time the teams finished all square in Falkirk was a 1-1 draw at Brockville in February 1998, with David Moss and Kevin Twaddle on the scoresheet. In that week, the UK Top 10 included such hits as “Doctor Jones” by Aqua, “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” by Will Smith, “Angels” by Robbie Williams and “Never Ever” by All Saints. Will we ever see those glory days again?

Second place Dundee will be hoping to arrest their recent slump when they welcome eighth place Alloa Athletic to Dens Park. John Brown’s side have suffered two consecutive defeats and have just one win in their last four at home, but they face an Alloa side who have just one point from their last five and who will be facing up to their first match in the post-Paul Hartley era. All the stats point to this being a low scoring game. Both sides have kept ten clean sheets this season, which is the joint highest in the league (along with Hamilton Academical), while Dundee have conceded just six times in ten games at Dens Park. The Wasps, now under the management of Barry Smith, have the best defensive record outside of the top three but have struggled to score goals, averaging exactly one per game. The three matches between the sides this season have featured just three goals, with Dundee recording three 1-0 wins.

 

League 1

Bottom club Airdrieonians will be hoping their recent improved form continues when they travel to Station Park to face Forfar Athletic. Gary Bollan’s side have taken as many points from their last six games as they managed from the first 16, moving to within a point of Arbroath in ninth as a result. Forfar have collected just eight points from their last eight matches, although it should be noted that they have faced Rangers twice in that period. Forfar were Airdrie’s first opponents following their reincarnation in 2002, with the Diamonds recording a 1-0 home win thanks to a goal from Stevie Docherty. This will be the 20th meeting in that period and Airdrie have dominated the fixture, with nine wins to Forfar’s three.

Arbroath welcome stuttering Ayr United to Gayfield, as both sides have play-offs on their mind at opposite ends of the table. The Red Lichties have taken just five points from their last 13 matches, while Ayr have just one win in their last five away league games. Goals should be expected: Arbroath have the worst defence in the league, while Ayr have only failed to score three times this season. Ayr’s recent record at Gayfield is excellent, with four wins in their last five visits and an average of three goals per game in those matches.

 

League 2

Peterhead can take a massive stride towards the title if they win at home to third place Annan Athletic. Jim McInally’s side have recorded three consecutive wins at Balmoor and remain unbeaten in 11 home matches, even if six of those have been draws. Their opponents, however, have the second best away record in the league (behind Peterhead themselves) and are undefeated in four away from home. The sides have met ten times in the league and the record is evenly poised with the sides having won four apiece. Nonetheless, only one of Annan’s wins came at Balmoor and that came on their first ever visit back in August 2011 – they have failed to win in four trips since then.

Second placed Clyde welcome play-off chasing Berwick Rangers to Broadwood as both teams look to continue their recent good form. The Bully Wee have also recorded two wins and two clean sheets in a row – they haven’t managed three consecutive shutouts in the league since 2008. Berwick, meanwhile, have won two games in a row under Colin Cameron, scoring seven times without reply and will be looking to record three consecutive wins for the first time this season. Clyde are unbeaten in their last five matches against Berwick, winning four and drawing the other.

 

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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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