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Monday 7th October 2019

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games...

1 – Livingston defeated Celtic 2-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Sunday to retain their spot in the top six of the Ladbrokes Premiership as we head into the international break. Scott Robinson and Lyndon Dykes scored in the second half to hand the Lions their first ever victory against the Hoops. In 24 previous meetings, Livingston had picked up just three draws and 21 defeats against Celtic. Livingston have now beaten 40 of the 41 other clubs in the SPFL – the only side they have yet to beat is Cove Rangers, who they have never played in a competitive match.

Clubs and the number of current SPFL members they have defeated (out of 41)
41 – Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, Greenock Morton, Inverness CT, Motherwell, Queen of the South.
40 – Albion Rovers, Arbroath, Clyde, East Fife, Edinburgh City, Hamilton Academical, Livingston, Queen’s Park, Raith Rovers, St Mirren
39 – Ayr United, Dumbarton, Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle, Rangers, Ross County, Stenhousemuir
38 – Alloa Athletic, Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United, Forfar Athletic, Heart of Midlothian, Stirling Albion
37 – Aberdeen, Hibernian, St Johnstone
36 – Montrose
35 – Brechin City
34 – Stranraer
30 – Airdrieonians, Peterhead
24 – Annan Athletic
21 – Elgin City
16 – Edinburgh City
12 – Cove Rangers

5 – Rangers climbed to the summit of the Ladbrokes Premiership table thanks to a 5-0 victory over Hamilton Academical at Ibrox on Sunday. Jermain Defoe moved to the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership goalscoring charts thanks to his second hat-trick of the season. This is the fourth time this season that Steven Gerrard’s side have scored five or more goals in a game, which is as many times as they managed in the whole of last season. This is the first time Rangers have scored 5+ goals in back to back-top-flight matches since February 1999, when they beat Dundee 6-1 and Kilmarnock 5-0.

Rangers’ five-star showings
18/07/19: Rangers 6-0 St Joseph’s (Europa League)
11/08/19: Rangers 6-1 Hibernian (Ladbrokes Premiership)
28/09/19: Rangers 5-0 Aberdeen (Ladbrokes Premiership)
06/10/19: Rangers 5-0 Hamilton Accies (Ladbrokes Premiership)

13 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle defeated Ayr United 2-0 at Somerset Park to move to within two points of the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. The Caley Jags are now unbeaten in 13 league matches against Ayr United, a run which extends all the way back to the 2003/04 SFL Division 1 campaign. Over that period, Inverness have won nine matches and drawn four, racking up a 29-8 aggregate score in the process. The Honest Men’s last league win over the Caley Jags was back in April 2003, when Stewart Kean scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

Inverness CT’s longest active unbeaten league runs
16 – Alloa Athletic
14 – Raith Rovers
13 – Ayr United
9 – Brechin City
9 – Queen’s Park
8 – Albion Rovers

4 – Airdrieonians defeated Peterhead 2-1 at Balmoor to climb into the Ladbrokes League 1 play-off places. Ian Murray’s side have won five of their last six away matches in all competitions, with their only slip-up coming against East Fife in August. All five of those victories have come by a single-goal margin – there has been one 3-2, one 2-1 and three 1-0s. The Diamonds have now picked up three wins and a draw in their last four matches against The Blue Toon.

Airdrie’s recent away form
21/07/19: Clyde 2-3 Airdrieonians (Betfred Cup)
10/08/19: Montrose 0-1 Airdrieonians (Ladbrokes League 1)
13/08/19: Hamilton Academical Colts 0-1 Airdrieonians (Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup)
24/08/19: East Fife 4-1 Airdrieonians (Ladbrokes League 1)
14/09/19: Dumbarton 0-1 Airdrieonians (Ladbrokes League 1)
05/10/19: Peterhead 1-2 Airdrieonians (Ladbrokes League 1)

6 – Cowdenbeath climbed to second place in the Ladbrokes League 2 table thanks to a 1-0 victory over Edinburgh City at Central Park. The Blue Brazil leapfrogged their opponents in the table, and are now just a point behind leaders Cove Rangers. Gary Bollan’s side have now recorded six consecutive victories – the last time Cowdenbeath did this, The Arctic Monkeys were at No 1 with their debut single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”. That came back in September-October 2005, as Mixu Paatelainen led the Blue Brazil to the Division 3 title.

UK Singles Chart Top 5 – 23rd October 2005

1.    Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”
2.    Sugababes – “Push the Button”
3.    McFly – “I Wanna Hold You”
4.    Robbie Williams – “Tripping”
5.    Pussycat Dolls (feat Busta Rhymes) – “Don’t Cha”