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Friday 15th October 2021

Weekend preview

We look at some of the numbers as football returns across all four divisions of the cinch SPFL following the international break and Trust Trophy ties

0 Heart of Midlothian are the only side still unbeaten in the cinch Premiership this season, with five wins and three draws from their eight matches. Robbie Neilson’s side beat Motherwell 2-0 in their last outing a fortnight ago and are a point behind leaders Rangers going into Saturday’s game at Ibrox.

6 Liam Boyce (Heart of Midlothian) and Martin Boyle (Hibernian) are the leading scorers in the cinch Premiership. Both have netted six times in eight appearances as the Edinburgh clubs have enjoyed fine starts to the season. Hearts travel to Ibrox on Saturday while Hibs host Dundee United.

7 Arbroath are on a run of seven matches without defeat in the cinch Championship going into their final game of the first quarter against Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park on Saturday. The Red Lichties lost to Inverness CT on the opening day but have since notched up four wins and three draws to climb to third place in the table.

4 Inverness CT have won all four home games in the cinch Championship this season and are three points clear of Kilmarnock at the top of the table. Billy Dodds’ side are looking to make it five in a row at the Caledonian Stadium when they take on Morton, whose only victory in eight Championship outings was away to Hamilton Accies on August 7.

9 David Goodwillie (Clyde) and Rory McAllister (Cove Rangers) are the joint top scorers in the SPFL with nine goals each in nine cinch League 1 appearances. Graham Webster is next on the list with eight goals in eight league games for Montrose. Cove are second in the cinch League 1 table, behind Queen's Park on goal difference ahead of their trip to bottom club East Fife. Clyde are down in eighth place as they prepare to host Montrose but are only six points off the top.

16 Stirling Albion have taken 16 points from the last 18 available. That run has lifted the Binos four points clear in second place in cinch League 2 - they are four behind unbeaten leaders Kelty Hearts. Kevin Rutkiewicz’s team begin the second quarter of their campaign with a home game against Stranraer on Saturday while Kelty are away to Edinburgh City on Friday night.