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Monday 13th August 2018

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games across the four divisions of the SPFL.

2 – Heart of Midlothian sit at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership table after a 1-0 victory over Celtic at Tynecastle on Saturday. Craig Levein’s men are the only Premiership side who have picked up two wins out of two – only four clubs across the entire SPFL still have a 100% record. The Jam Tarts became the first Scottish side to earn two victories over Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic – the Hoops have lost just five domestic fixtures since Rodgers took over in 2016. Kyle Lafferty scored the only goal on Saturday – the Northern Ireland striker has netted in each of his last four matches against Celtic.

10 – Aberdeen beat Dundee 1-0 at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. The Dons have an incredible recent record in this fixture; Saturday’s success was their 10 consecutive victory over Dundee and they have gone 19 league matches without defeat against The Dee. Derek McInnes’ side have kept eight clean sheets in those 10 wins, with an aggregate scoreline of 23-2. Dundee haven’t taken a point against Aberdeen since a 1-1 draw in May 2015, and haven’t beaten them in the league since December 2004.

36 – Ross County moved to the top of the Ladbrokes Championship thanks to a 3-1 win over Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. The Staggies are now unbeaten in 36 second-tier matches, which is an all-time record for the division. County went on a 34-match unbeaten run to secure the First Division title in 2011/12 and have extended this run by two more matches following their relegation. Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell’s side have won five of their six matches in all competitions this season – their only blemish was a surprise 4-1 defeat to Arbroath at Gayfield in the Betfred Cup.

470 – Brechin City beat East Fife 1-0 at Glebe Park in Ladbrokes League 1 to finally end their 470-day wait for a league victory. Darren Dods’ side went all the way through the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Championship campaign without picking up a single win – their last success came against Albion Rovers in Ladbrokes League 1 on April 29, 2017. Jordan Sinclair was the hero on Saturday – he netted the only goal in the 61st minute to finally end City’s 38-game winless streak.

2 – Clyde finished the weekend at the summit of Ladbrokes League 2 thanks to a 3-0 victory over Stirling Albion at Forthbank. The Bully Wee have won their opening two league matches of the season for the first time in 14 years – the last time was back in 2004/05, when they were still in the second tier. Clyde were in danger of relegation before Danny Lennon took over last season but he turned around their fortunes, with only champions Montrose picking up more points in the second half of the season. That form has continued into this season – the Bully Wee have now notched up 14 wins in their last 20 matches in Ladbrokes League 2.