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Friday 28th September 2018

Weekend preview

Facts and figures ahead of this weekend’s SPFL games, with current league positions in brackets.

Ladbrokes Premiership

Celtic (6) v (7) Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen won 1-0 on their last visit to Celtic Park in May
  • Celtic had won their previous 10 meetings with the Dons in all competitions
  • Celtic have a 100% home record in the Premiership this season; Aberdeen are unbeaten away

Hamilton Academical (9) v (12) Dundee

  • Dundee won 2-1 on their last visit to Hamilton in January of this year
  • Both sides won two of the four Premiership meetings in 2017/18
  • The Dark Blues are yet to pick up a point in the Premiership this season

Heart of Midlothian (1) v (8) St Johnstone

  • Hearts have a five-point lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership
  • Hearts won 1-0 in both home Premiership games against Saints last season
  • St Johnstone's last win over Hearts was 1-0 at McDiarmid Park in May 2017

Kilmarnock (5) v (10) Motherwell

  • Kilmarnock won 1-0 in the only Rugby Park meeting between the teams last season
  • Motherwell earned a pair of 2-1 wins at Rugby Park in 2016/17
  • Only one of the last 12 meetings between Killie and Well has ended in a draw

St Mirren (11) v (3) Hibernian

  • Saints won the last Paisley meeting 2-0 in the Championship in March 2017
  • St Mirren won the last top-flight encounter 2-0 in Paisley in April 2014
  • St Mirren's home record - one win, one draw, one defeat - is the same as Hibs' away record

Livingston (4) v (2) Rangers (Sunday, Sky Sports 1.30pm)

  • Livingston won 1-0 in the Championship when the teams last met in April 2016
  • The most recent top-flight encounter at Livingston was a 2-2 draw in October 2005
  • Rangers are leading Premiership scorers, with 15 goals in six games

Ladbrokes Championship

Dunfermline Athletic (8) v (6) Partick Thistle (Friday, BBC ALBA 7.45pm)

  • Thistle won 4-0 on their last visit to East End Park in March 2013
  • The Jags have lost all three away games so far but the Pars are yet to win at home
  • Dunfermline's only league victory this season was at Tannadice on the opening day

Alloa Athletic (9) v (10) Falkirk

  • Both sides are seeking their first league win of the season
  • Falkirk won 1-0 on their last visit to Alloa in January 2016
  • Alloa's last win over Falkirk was 3-0 at the Indodrill Stadium in March 2014

Dundee United (3) v (4) Ross County

  • Ross County won 1-0 when the sides met in the Betfred Cup in July
  • United won the most recent league meeting 3-0 in Dingwall in February 2016
  • Both teams have 11 points and the same goal difference after six games

Inverness Caledonian Thistle (2) v (7) Queen of the South

  • ICT won 3-1 when the sides last met in the Highland capital in January this year
  • QOS are without a win in their last seven meetings with Inverness CT
  • Inverness CT are still unbeaten in the Ladbrokes Championship this season

Morton (5) v (1) Ayr United

  • Ayr United won 3-1 when the sides met in the Betfred Cup at Somerset Park in July
  • The last league meeting was a 1-1 draw at Cappielow in April 2017
  • Lawrence Shankland has scored 15 goals for Ayr already this season 

Ladbrokes League 1

Arbroath (1) v (3) Airdrieonians

  • Arbroath are top scorers in the SPFL, with 18 league goals so far
  • The Red Lichties remain unbeaten in League 1 this season
  • Arbroath beat Airdrie 7-1 and 2-0 at Gayfield last season

Brechin City (5) v (7) Stranraer

  • The last meeting was a 0-0 draw at Glebe Park in April 2017
  • None of the last eight meetings have seen both teams score
  • Brechin are unbeaten at home this season, Stranraer are yet to win away

Dumbarton (6) v (2) Raith Rovers

  • The last meeting was a 2-0 IRN-BRU Cup win for Dumbarton in November 2017
  • New Rovers boss John McGlynn will be in charge for the first time
  • Dumbarton won 4-0 at home in the most recent league meeting in March 2017

East Fife (4) v (10) Stenhousemuir

  • East Fife are on a run of three successive victories in League 1
  • The last Methil meeting was a 1-0 win for East Fife in January 2017
  • Stenhousemuir have lost all three away games in League 1 this season

Montrose (9) v (8) Forfar Athletic

  • Forfar won 3-1 when the teams met in the Betfred Cup at Station Park in July
  • Montrose won the last league meeting 1-0 at Links Park in April 2017
  • Forfar are one point and one place above their Angus rivals in the table

Ladbrokes League 2

Albion Rovers (10) v (7) Stirling Albion

  • Stirling won 2-0 on their last visit to Coatbridge in April 2014
  • The Binos have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams
  • Rovers drew at Cowdenbeath last weekend but are yet to win this season

Annan Athletic (4) v (2) Peterhead

  • The last meeting at Galabank was a 3-3 draw in February of this year
  • Peterhead have won all three away games so far this season
  • Annan's last win over Peterhead was 2-1 at Galabank in March 2014

Berwick Rangers (8) v (3) Clyde

  • Berwick have lost just one of the last six meetings between the teams
  • Clyde have won their last three matches in League 2
  • Berwick have lost five of their last six fixtures in League 2

Edinburgh City (1) v (9) Cowdenbeath

  • City are two points clear at the top of the table after five straight wins
  • Both Ainslie Park meetings between the teams last season were draws
  • Blair Henderson has scored seven goals in seven league games for City

Elgin City (5) v (6) Queen's Park

  • This is the first meeting of the teams since a 1-1 draw at Borough Briggs in April 2016
  • Queen's Park are unbeaten in their last 11 games against Elgin
  • City's last win in this fixture was 3-2 at Borough Briggs in November 2013