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Thursday 29th December 2016

SPFL facts and figures

As we approach the end of the year, here are a few facts and figures from the 2016/17 SPFL season so far…

As we approach the end of the year, here are a few facts and figures from the 2016/17 SPFL season so far…

  • Celtic are the only team still unbeaten in domestic football. Under Brendan Rodgers, they have racked up 18 wins and a single draw - 2-2 away to Inverness Caley Thistle in September - to establish a 16-point lead at the Ladbrokes Premiership summit. Rangers, Dundee United and Morton can boast unbeaten home records in 2016/17 but have been defeated on their travels.
  • Hamilton Accies have drawn more matches than any other SPFL club, sharing the spoils in 10 of their 20 Premiership fixtures. The next highest tally of draws is eight - a figure reached by Ross County. At the other end of the scale, Livingston (13 wins and five defeats) and Elgin City (nine wins and eight defeats) have yet to draw a game.
  • Celtic are the leading scorers in the SPFL, with 52 so far in the Ladbrokes Premiership, 10 of them coming from their leading league marksman Scott Sinclair. Liam Boyce of Ross County tops the Premiership charts with 11 goals but the country's leading scorer is Livingston forward Liam Buchanan, who has claimed 13 goals in Ladbrokes League 1.
  • Edinburgh City and Kilmarnock have scored fewest SPFL goals in 2016/17, with 16 apiece. However, City have the second-best defensive record in Ladbrokes League 2 while only Inverness Caley Thistle have conceded more Premiership goals than Killie's 35.
  • The bottom half of the Premiership remains incredibly tight after 20 rounds of fixtures. Partick Thistle, who have climbed to sixth in the table, are only five points above bottom club Inverness CT. In League 2, the six clubs outside the top four are covered by only six points and the lower half of League 1 sees five sides separated by five points.
  • Hibernian have the best defensive record in the SPFL, conceding just 10 goals in their 18 Ladbrokes Championship fixtures. Leaders Dundee United have shipped only 13, the same tally as Premiership pacesetters Celtic. Raith Rovers, with 16 goals against, have the fourth-meanest defence in the country.