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Monday 31st October 2016

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats crunches some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Celtic, Rangers, Raith Rovers, Livingston and Elgin City.

Resident statto @splstats crunches some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Celtic, Rangers, Raith Rovers, Livingston and Elgin City.

28 Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to nine points after defeating Aberdeen 1-0 at Pittodrie. The Bhoys lost on both visits to Pittodrie last season, but this time round a Tom Rogic goal was enough to guide them to a crucial victory. Brendan Rodgers and his team have picked up 28 points - nine wins and a draw - from their opening 10 fixtures, equalling the post-WWI record for the best start to a top-flight season from any club. Rodgers remains unbeaten in 13 domestic fixtures as Celtic manager, and is now just five short of compatriot Martin O’Neill’s record of 18 undefeated from the start of his reign in 2000/01.

29 Rangers moved up to second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership after beating Kilmarnock 3-0 at Ibrox on Saturday.  Mark Warburton’s side are now unbeaten in their last 29 home matches in all competitions. Their last home defeat came in September last year, when St Johnstone beat them 3-1 in the League Cup. Since then, the Gers have picked up 23 wins and six draws at Ibrox, and have kept 16 clean sheets in that period.

3 Raith Rovers climbed to third in the Ladbrokes Championship table after defeating Queen of the South 1-0 at Stark’s Park in the Saturday evening game. Rovers have now recorded four consecutive home wins against the Doonhamers without conceding a single goal. In fact, Raith have picked up seven wins in their last eight against Queens in Kirkcaldy, with the only blip being a 4-3 defeat in October 2014. Raith finished last season in incredible home form, and that has continued into this campaign. Rovers have lost just one of their last 13 home Championship fixtures, picking up 30 points in the process.

3 Livingston moved to the top of Ladbrokes League 1 after an impressive 3-0 victory away to Brechin City on Saturday. David Hopkin’s side have scored three or more goals on eight separate occasions already this season, four of which have been away from home. The Lions have netted 28 goals in their 11 league fixtures – Celtic are the only club in the SPFL who have scored more goals (31). Liam Buchanan found the net again on Saturday to take his tally to 12 goals in all competitions, making him second only to Celtic’s Moussa Dembele in the SPFL goalscoring charts.

4 Elgin City moved to within a point of Forfar Athletic at the top of Ladbrokes League 2 after defeating Cowdenbeath 3-1 at Borough Briggs. Jim Weir’s side have recorded four consecutive victories in all competitions, equalling their best winning run in over a decade, and racking up 14 goals in the process. Elgin have now gone 22 matches without a draw – they have picked up 12 wins and 10 defeats since drawing 1-1 at home to Queen’s Park in April. This was just the second time in 12 attempts that the Black & Whites have beaten Cowdenbeath at Borough Briggs – their other success came in March 2005.