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Monday 3rd October 2016

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Aberdeen, Celtic, Morton, Livingston and Stirling Albion.

Resident statto @splstats looks at the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Aberdeen, Celtic, Morton, Livingston and Stirling Albion.

11 Aberdeen thumped Kilmarnock 4-0 at Rugby Park to remain in second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The Dons equalled their biggest winning margin away from home in the league in the last 20 years – their only other four-goal success in that period was another 4-0 victory at Rugby Park last season. Aberdeen have now recorded 11 consecutive victories over Killie, a run which stretches back to early 2013. The last time Kilmarnock picked up a point against the Dons came in April 2013, when Kenny Shiels was still in charge of the Ayrshire club.

27 Celtic remain four points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership after recording a 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park. Scott Brown, Celtic’s goalscorer on Saturday, was only three years old the last time the Bhoys lost at Dens Park – that was back in September 1988, when Tommy Coyne handed the Dee a 1-0 victory. Since then, Celtic have visited the Dark Blues 27 times, picking up 18 wins and nine draws. With 19 points from their first seven games, the Hoops have made their best start to a season since they won their first eight fixtures in 2010/11.

9 Morton moved themselves away from the Ladbrokes Championship relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Raith Rovers at Cappielow. They are still unbeaten at home in all competitions this season, with five wins and two draws in their seven matches at Cappielow. In fact, when you include their final two matches of last season, the Ton have put together a nine-match unbeaten run at home, their best since the 2008/09 campaign. Jim Duffy’s side have won three in a row at home for the first time since they gained promotion in 2015.

4 Livingston moved into second place in Ladbrokes League 1 after defeating Peterhead 2-1 at Balmoor on Saturday. Livi have now recorded four consecutive victories over the Blue Toon, having also beaten them in last season’s Scottish Cup, the 2014/15 Challenge Cup quarter-final and their final meeting of the 2010/11 Division Two campaign.  In eight meetings of the clubs, Peterhead have only recorded a single victory – that came back in January 2011 when Ryan Strachan netted twice in a 3-0 success. Surprisingly, despite six wins this season, Livi have yet to keep a clean sheet in the league.

10 Stirling Albion marked Martyn Corrigan’s first game as caretaker manager with a 2-0 victory over Cowdenbeath at Central Park. It was a case of 10th time lucky for the Binos, who had not beaten the Blue Brazil in any of their previous nine encounters. Stirling had only picked up a measly two points from those nine meetings, losing on seven occasions. Their last success came back in March 2010, when Michael Mullen handed them a 1-0 victory at Forthbank, which contributed to Stirling beating Cowden to the Division Two title. After a slow start, Albion are now only four points off the play-off spots, having won away for the first time since December.