The game of the day is a clash between bottom and top as Greenock Morton host Hamilton Academical. Allan Moore’s side have taken just two points from seven games since their opening day win over Cowdenbeath, and have lost each of their last three league matches. They haven’t lost four-in-a-row since the last four games of the 2010-11 season. The Accies have established a four point lead at the top of the table, but took just one point from their last two away games and failed to score in either of them.
Hamilton have dominated this fixture in recent times – they have won five of their last six matches against Morton, with the other game finishing as a draw. The Lanarkshire side have won six games in a row at Cappielow and are unbeaten in their last ten visits. The day after Morton’s last home win over Accies, “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears went to Number 1 in the UK singles chart – and that was way back in February 1999. And Morton must confess that their winlessness is killing them nooooowwwww. But don’t you know – they still believe.
With Dunfermline Athletic not in action this weekend, Stenhousemuir have an opportunity to move into second place if they can win at home to Brechin City. Ray McKinnon’s side have gone five games without a win in the league and have yet to record a victory away from home this season, losing five of their six matches on the road. The Warriors have won just one of their five matches at Ochilview this season, although they did also manage to prevail in a penalty shootout against Arbroath in the Challenge Cup.
Excitement should be expected on Saturday: the last five matches between these sides have witnessed 26 goals, while supporters of the Warriors have already witnessed 54 goals in just 12 games this season. On top of that, Brechin have found the net in 21 of their last 22 matches in all competitions – their only failure came at home to Alloa Athletic in last season’s play-offs.
With East Stirlingshire out of action, Berwick Rangers have the chance to close the gap at the top of the table as they welcome Elgin City across the border. Berwick are unbeaten in their three home matches in the league this season, while Elgin have yet to record a win in their three away games. Ross Jack’s side are, however, on a six match unbeaten run in all competitions and have scored 15 goals in their last four matches.
Unbelievably, Elgin have yet to record a win at Shielfield and have suffered 11 defeats on 17 visits. There have been some recent signs of improvement though, with three of the last four meetings in Berwick finishing as draws.
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