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Friday 24th September 2021

Weekend preview

We look at some of the numbers ahead of a big weekend of football across all four divisions of the cinch SPFL...

1 It’s top against bottom in the cinch Premiership on Saturday when Rangers travel to play Dundee at the Kilmac Stadium. Steven Gerrard’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by Motherwell last time out and are a point ahead of Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian. James McPake’s side slipped to the foot of the table, below Ross County on goals scored, after a 1-0 defeat at Tannadice on Sunday.

3 Three of this weekend’s cinch Premiership matches take place on Sunday, starting with St Mirren v Aberdeen, live on Sky Sports at 12 noon. Saints are looking for their first league win of the season after four draws and two defeats while the Dons are seeking a first success since beating Breidablik last month. In the 3.00pm kick-offs on Sunday, Celtic take on Dundee United in Glasgow and Hibernian go up against St Johnstone in the capital.

4 Arbroath have won four matches in a row in the cinch Championship to climb to third in the table going into their Friday night fixture with Kilmarnock at Gayfield, live on BBC Scotland at 7.45pm. If Dick Campbell’s men can make it five victories in a row they will go above both Killie and leaders Inverness CT, who host Queen of the South on Saturday. Arbroath and Kilmarnock have not met on league business since the Second Division campaign of 1989/90 when the Ayrshire side were promoted as runners-up to Brechin City.

3 In an incredibly tight cinch League 1, the top seven clubs are separated by just three points after seven rounds of matches. Queen’s Park are still unbeaten and lead the way on goal difference from Dumbarton, who have won their last three matches. The Spiders take on Peterhead at Firhill this weekend while the Sons face Alloa Athletic at the C&G Systems Stadium.

8 Clyde striker David Goodwillie is the top scorer across all four divisions of the SPFL, with eight goals in cinch League 1 this season. The 32-year-old has netted doubles in four of his last five matches and reached a century of goals for the Bully Wee earlier this month. Danny Lennon’s side are away to bottom club East Fife on Saturday.

0 Kelty Hearts remain unbeaten in their first season in cinch League 2 and have a two-point lead over closest challengers Annan Athletic, who in turn are two points ahead of Stirling Albion. Kelty welcome Stranraer to New Central Park this weekend while Annan Athletic are at home to an Edinburgh City side who have lost just one of their last five league matches. Stirling Albion take on Cowdenbeath at Forthbank, having earned 10 points from their last four outings.