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Friday 24th August 2018

Weekend preview

Preview of this weekend’s games, with current league positions in brackets

Ladbrokes Premiership

Hibernian (2) v (5) Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen have lost only one of their last 11 league meetings with Hibernian
  • Hibernian were 2-0 winners in the most recent Easter Road encounter in February
  • The sides meet again in the Betfred Cup quarter-finals at Easter Road on September 25

Kilmarnock (4) v (1) Heart of Midlothian

  • Hearts have the only 100% record after two rounds of Premiership fixtures
  • Kilmarnock are the only team yet to concede a Premiership goal this season
  • The two games at Rugby Park last season produced 1-0 wins for both teams

St Johnstone (10) v (11) Dundee

  • Dundee won the only McDiarmid Park meeting last season 2-0 in December
  • Saints won both games in Perth in the 2016/17 season
  • None of the last eight meetings between the teams has ended in a draw

St Mirren (7) v (9) Livingston

  • Livingston will have new manager Gary Holt in charge for the first time
  • It was 0-0 in Paisley when the teams last met in April
  • Saints beat Dundee 2-1 in their opening Premiership fixture 

Motherwell (12) v (3) Rangers (Sunday, BT Sport 12.15pm)

  • Rangers hit back to draw 2-2 on their last Fir Park visit in March
  • Steven Gerrard is still unbeaten since becoming manager at Ibrox
  • Motherwell are the only Premiership team who haven't scored this season

Celtic (6) v (8) Hamilton Academical (Sunday)

  • The only Celtic Park meeting last season was a 3-1 home win in December
  • Celtic have won the last six meetings between the teams 
  • Accies' last victory in this fixture was 1-0 at Celtic Park in October 2014

Ladbrokes Championship

Ayr United (3) v (6) Dunfermline Athletic

  • Ayr haven't beaten the Pars at Somerset Park since December 2009
  • Dunfermline were 2-0 winners on their last visit to Ayr in January 2017
  • Ayr's Lawrence Shankland is the leading SPFL scorer with 11 goals in all competitions

Dundee United (5) v (7) Partick Thistle

  • The last meeting between the teams was a Betfred Cup tie in August 2016 which United won 3-1
  • The most recent league encounter was a 3-3 draw at Tannadice in May 2016
  • Both teams have won one and lost one in the Championship this season

Falkirk (9) v (8) Queen of the South

  • Both sides are seeking their first league win of the season
  • Falkirk won 3-2 when the sides last met at the Falkirk Stadium in December
  • The four meetings last season produced a total of 20 goals

Inverness Caledonian Thistle (4) v (10) Alloa Athletic

  • The teams last met on league business back in season 2002/03
  • Alloa won 1-0 in the Betfred Cup when the teams last met in August 2016
  • The last Highland encounter saw ICT win 6-1 in a League Cup tie in August 2005

Morton (2) v (1) Ross County

  • The sides last met in season 2011/12 when three of the games were draws
  • The Staggies are unbeaten in their last five games against Morton
  • Morton's last win in this fixture was 2-1 in January 2011

Ladbrokes League 1

Airdrieonians (2) v (4) Raith Rovers 

  • Raith took 10 points out of 12 in the four meetings last season
  • Rovers are unbeaten in their last 10 games against the Diamonds
  • Airdrie's last win in this fixture was 2-0 in a League Cup tie in August 2011

Brechin City (7) v (5) Dumbarton

  • Dumbarton won all four meetings between the teams last season
  • Dumbarton are unbeaten in their last eight games against Brechin
  • City last beat the Sons in a Scottish Cup tie in November 2011

East Fife (10) v (1) Arbroath

  • Arbroath are top scorers across the four divisions with eight league goals
  • The Red Lichties won 5-0 on their last visit to Bayview in April
  • East Fife won the first two meetings between the teams last season

Forfar Athletic (6) v (8) Stenhousemuir

  • The last meeting at Station Park was a 1-0 win for Stenhousemuir in January 2016
  • Forfar's last win over the Warriors was 4-1 in at Station Park in August 2015
  • There has not been a 0-0 draw between the teams since April 2002

Stranraer (9) v (3) Montrose

  • The sides haven't met since the Third Division campaign of 2011/12
  • Stranraer won the last Stair Park clash 3-1 in March 2012
  • Montrose's last victory in this fixture was 3-2 in April 2011

Ladbrokes League 2

Berwick Rangers (8) v (2) Annan Athletic

  • Annan won 4-0 at Galabank when the sides met in the Betfred Cup last month
  • Annan won 5-1 and 2-0 at Shielfield in League 2 last season
  • The visitors have taken seven points from nine so far in 2018/19

Clyde (5) v (4) Edinburgh City

  • City won on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Broadwood in the Betfred Cup
  • Last season's games in Cumbernauld produced a 3-2 win for both teams
  • Edinburgh City are the top-scoring team in League 2 with seven goals so far

Elgin City (3) v (7) Cowdenbeath

  • The last meeting at Borough Briggs was a 1-0 win for Elgin in January
  • Elgin are unbeaten in League 2 this season, with seven points from nine
  • Cowdenbeath won the most recent meeting 3-1 at Central Park in March

Queen's Park (6) v 10) Albion Rovers

  • Rovers are yet to pick up a point or score a goal in League 2 this season
  • It finished 2-2 in the most recent Hampden meeting last December
  • The four games between the clubs in 2017/18 produced a win apiece and two draws

Stirling Albion (9) v (1) Peterhead

  • Peterhead notched up three 1-0 wins at Forthbank last season
  • Albion's last League 2 victory was at Elgin back in March
  • Stirling beat Peterhead 2-0 at Balmoor in the Betfred Cup this season