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Friday 4th January 2019

Weekend preview

The Ladbrokes Premiership is on a winter break but there's a full card of fixtures across the other three divisions of the SPFL...

Ladbrokes Championship
The action gets under way on Friday night when Morton welcome leaders Ross County to Cappielow, live on BBC ALBA with a 7.45pm kick-off. The Staggies have a three-point lead at the top of the table but were beaten in Greenock in August before winning 5-0 in the return match.

Leaders Ayr United are unbeaten in nine matches but have drawn five of their last six. They are yet to taste defeat at Somerset Park in the Championship as they prepare to host bottom club Falkirk, who have brought in five new signings this week.

Fellow strugglers Partick Thistle have also been busy in the transfer market ahead of their game against third-placed Dundee United at Tannadice. 

Draw specialists Inverness CT are in fourth spot, two points ahead of visitors Queen of the South, while the day’s other game sees Dunfermline Athletic play Alloa Athletic at East End Park. The Pars are boosted by last week’s 4-2 win at Falkirk while the Wasps are unbeaten in four.

Ladbrokes League 1
Arbroath are 11 points clear at the summit going into Saturday’s Gayfield encounter with local rivals Brechin City, who have lost five on the bounce. 

Second-placed Raith Rovers, who have the division’s leading marksman in 18-goal Kevin Nisbet, are at home to bottom club Stenhousemuir while third-placed East Fife host an Airdrieonians side who are just outside the play-offs.

Forfar Athletic, who occupy fourth spot, go to Dumbarton while Montrose, who enjoyed a strong December, make the long journey to Stranraer. The Blues will leapfrog Stewart Petrie’s side if they win at Stair Park.

Ladbrokes League 2
Leaders Edinburgh City begin 2019 with a home game against a Stirling Albion side they have already beaten twice this season, although the Binos are on a run of just one defeat in seven. 

Second-placed Peterhead, who have a game in hand and are only three points off the pace, welcome Clyde to Balmoor. The Bully Wee are unbeaten in eight and have won their last three while the Blue Toon have lost just twice all season.

Annan Athletic, in fourth, and Elgin City, in fifth, are separated only by goal difference as they prepare to meet in an important game in terms of the play-offs at Galabank. 

Queen’s Park are bidding to end a poor run of results when they play bottom club Albion Rovers at Hampden, with the Coatbridge club having picked up just one point on their travels. The day’s other game sees Cowdenbeath up against Berwick Rangers at Central Park.

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