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Monday 21st September 2020

Scottish Premiership

Weekend in numbers

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

3 – Motherwell earned the biggest victory of the weekend by defeating Aberdeen 3-0 at Pittodrie. Mark O’Hara, Christopher Long and Bevis Mugabi scored within the first 23 minutes to pick up their first away league victory since they won 1-0 at the same venue in January. Sunday’s success was the Steelmen’s biggest victory at Pittodrie since they won by the same scoreline in January 2010. On that day, Craig Brown’s Motherwell defeated Mark McGhee’s Dons courtesy of a John Sutton double and a goal from Lukas Jutkiewicz.

14 – Celtic are just a point behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership after a 3-2 victory over Livingston at Celtic Park on Saturday. Neil Lennon’s side have now won 19 of their last 20 home Premiership matches, with the only exception being a 2-1 defeat to Rangers last December. The Lions have still never won at Celtic Park – in 14 visits they have lost 13 times with their only draw coming in April 2019. Their first ever league visit to the stadium also finished 3-2 – that was back on Boxing Day 2001 when Henrik Larsson scored a stoppage-time winner for the Hoops.

2 – Kilmarnock defeated Hamilton Academical 2-1 at The BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park to move up to seventh in the Premiership. Killie survived Eamonn Brophy’s first-half red card, with Nicke Kabamba scoring the winning goal to hand them their first Premiership win over Accies since March 2019. There has been a red card in each of the last four league meetings between these clubs, and the side which has gone down to 10 men have picked up three wins and a draw. Kabamba has now scored seven goals for Killie since joining in January – all seven have come at Rugby Park.

8 – Dundee United climbed back into the top six of the Premiership, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over St Mirren at Tannadice. Lawrence Shankland scored his 25th league goal for Dundee United, and his first in the top flight, before Adrian Sporle made sure of the points in the second half. The Terrors have now recorded eight consecutive league victories over St Mirren at Tannadice, in both the Premiership and Championship. The Buddies’ last success at that end of Tannadice Street was a thrilling 4-3 win in December 2012. 

1 – Ross County defeated St Johnstone 1-0 at McDiarmid Park to pick up their first win in six Premiership matches. It was the Staggies’ first league win over Saints since a 4-2 success in November 2016 – in eight Premiership meetings since then there had been six draws and two victories for Saints. Stuart Kettlewell’s side have recorded two away wins already this season, which matches their tally for the entire 2019/20 campaign.

71 – Rangers are a point clear at the top of the Premiership after a 2-2 draw with Hibernian at Easter Road. The Hibees remain three points behind Rangers in third place thanks to Christian Doidge’s equaliser. This fixture has thrown up some incredibly high-scoring matches over the last few years – since the start of the 2015/16 season there have been 71 goals in 18 matches between the sides, an average of 3.94 per game.