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Monday 17th September 2018

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats crunches some of the numbers from the weekend games across all four divisions of the SPFL

5 – Heart of Midlothian extended their lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to five points thanks to a 1-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park. The Jam Tarts have picked up five wins out of five in the Premiership and remain the only side in the SPFL with a 100% record. Hearts also won their opening five matches of the 2015/16 Premiership campaign but will be hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened next – they went on to lose their next three matches. Craig Levein’s side have won eight matches in a row in all competitions, which is their best run since they earned promotion back to the top flight in 2015.

4 – Rangers climbed to fourth in the Ladbrokes Premiership courtesy of a 4-0 victory over bottom club Dundee. The Light Blues have won each of their last 12 matches against the Dark Blues at Ibrox, racking up an aggregate score of 37-4 in the process. Dundee’s last win there came back in March 2001, when goals from Claudio Caniggia and Steven Milne handed them a 2-0 victory. Steven Gerrard’s side remain unbeaten at Ibrox this season – they have picked up five wins and a draw in six home matches.

16 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle defeated Partick Thistle 3-2 at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to move above rivals Ross County at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. The Caley Jags had previously won only one of their last 10 league matches against the Jags but turned that around by racing into a 3-0 lead within the first 32 minutes. John Robertson’s side are now unbeaten in the league in six months, with their last loss coming against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park on March 13. Since then, they have picked up 11 wins and five draws in 16 Ladbrokes Championship fixtures, which is their best run since their title-winning 2009/10 campaign.

3 – Arbroath extended their lead at the top of Ladbrokes League 1 to two points thanks to a 3-1 victory over Forfar Athletic in yet another Angus derby. Bobby Linn scored all three goals for Dick Campbell’s side to take his tally for the season to nine, surpassing his entire haul for last season. Linn has now scored four hat-tricks in his senior career, three of which have been for The Red Lichties. Arbroath have now recorded five consecutive victories over Forfar for the first time in over half a century – the last time was between 1957 and 1962.

6 – Edinburgh City beat Annan Athletic 2-1 at Ainslie Park to keep a hold of top spot in Ladbrokes League 2. Blair Henderson scored both goals for The Citizens against his former club to take his tally for the season to 11. Henderson has been on a prolonged purple patch of 26 goals in his last 32 matches, starting last December with a hat-trick for the Galabankies away to Stenhousemuir. City have now recorded six consecutive victories in all competitions, which is their best run since their Lowland League-winning campaign in 2015/16.