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Thursday 24th December 2015

Weekend preview in numbers

Here are some of the numbers ahead of a big weekend of football in the Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

Here are some of the numbers ahead of a big weekend of football in the Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

5 Partick Thistle's 1-0 win over Ross County on Saturday earned them a fourth successive top-flight victory for the first time since 1977.The Jags are now on the brink of the top six and are bidding for a fifth straight win when they host St Johnstone on Boxing Day.

3 There are only three points between fifth-placed Ross County and a Motherwell team occupying 10th spot in a congested Ladbrokes Premiership table. Will the Christmas period - with three matches in the space of a week - see anyone make a break for the top half?

41 Both Rangers and Hibernian have picked up 41 points out of a possible 51 in the Ladbrokes Championship. Both are unbeaten at home and both have lost twice on their travels. They meet in a massive match at Ibrox on Monday, live on BT Sport with a 3.00pm kick-off.

2 It's almost gone unnoticed but Falkirk have put together an excellent season under Peter Houston, losing just two of their 17 games in the Ladbrokes Championship. With two home games coming up against Dumbarton on Boxing Day and Livingston on December 29, they have the chance to put themselves in a very strong position going into 2016.

24 No club in the SPFL have scored more away goals than the 24 netted by Dunfermline this season. The Pars have moved six points clear of Ayr United, although the Honest Men have a game in hand. Allan Johnston's team were the bookies' favourites to win Ladbrokes League 1 when the campaign got under way and they begin the second half of it away to Forfar.

6 Peterhead went seven games without a win after making a good start in Ladbrokes League 1 but Jim McInally's men are now firmly back on track and are unbeaten in six matches. They have lost just once at Balmoor this season and sit fourth in the table as they prepare to travel to the Excelsior Stadium on Boxing Day to face an Airdrieonians side just below them.

4 As the Ladbrokes League 2 season reaches the halfway stage on Boxing Day, the leading five clubs - from Annan Athletic to Stirling Albion - are separated by a mere four points. It looks hard to pick a potential champion at this stage - Clyde were the pre-season favourites, Annan and Elgin are unbeaten at home, Queen's Park have won most away games and Stirling have recovered from a poor start.

5 No fewer than five clubs have changed their managers this month. Jack Ross has replaced Danny Lennon at Alloa, Alex Rae is in for Ian Murray at St Mirren, Gary Bollan has swapped Airdrieonians for Forfar Athletic and Eddie Wolecki Black has taken over as Diamonds boss. David Hopkin is in temporary charge at Livingston following the departure of Mark Burchill.