The biggest match of the season so far takes place at New Douglas Park as league leaders Hamilton Academical host second place Dundee. The sides are only separated by goals difference, with the Accies having found the net nine times more than the Dees. Alex Neil’s side have been the division’s entertainers of late – their last 11 matches have featured 45 goals at an average of over four per game. There could barely be a bigger contrast with Dundee – none of their 13 matches this calendar year have featured more than two goals.
The Accies have only taken one point from three matches against Dundee this season, and have yet to score a goal against them. However, the Lanarkshire side have lost just two of their last 11 home matches against their opponents and kept clean sheets in seven of those games.
Meanwhile, Falkirk will have the chance to keep their slim chances of the title alive when they take on struggling Cowdenbeath in Westfield. The Bairns are unbeaten in their last ten home league matches, conceding just four times in the process. The Blue Brazil, on the other hand, have lost their last three away matches and have just three wins on the road all season. The sides have met five times at the Falkirk Stadium, and the home side have won them all with an aggregate score of 17-1.
East Fife will be hoping to climb out of the relegation play-off spot as they welcome stuttering Stranraer to Bayview. Gary Naysmith’s men have won their last two matches and could make it three-in-a-row for the first time since late 2012. Stranraer have gone five matches without a victory and have won just three of their last 13, but they still remain in the play-off spots with a six point advantage over Stenhousemuir in fifth. Stephen Aitken’s men have won all three of their matches against East Fife this season and will be looking to complete a whitewash of their opponents for the first time ever, avenging the 2007-08 season when they lost all four matches.
If East Fife do pick something up, they could leapfrog Brechin City, who face a tough home match against fourth placed Ayr United. Brechin have taken just one point from their last seven matches, and will be looking to avoid going eight league matches without a win for the first time since the start of the 2007-08 season. Ayr have not won any of their last six matches against Brechin, with their last victory coming back in September 2012.
The division’s game of the day comes at Forthbank where Stirling Albion host a Berwick Rangers side sitting just two points behind them in the race for the final play-off place. The Binos have lost just one of their last 12 home matches, but each of their last three finished as draws. Berwick have won their last two and will be looking to make it three-in-a-row for the first time in over a year. Berwick have just one win and 15 defeats in their last 22 league visits to Stirling.
Albion Rovers and East Stirlingshire meet at Cliftonhill, with both teams in the last chance saloon in terms of the play-off battle. Neither side are in anything approaching good form – Rovers have just two wins in their last 11 league matches while the Shire have just five wins in 21. Rovers have lost their last two games while the Shire have lost their last three. The Shire have lost on each of their last five trips to Coatbridge, with their last win coming back in May 2009.
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