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Friday 18th December 2015

Weekend preview in numbers

Here are some of the numbers behind this weekend’s games in the Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

Here are some of the numbers behind this weekend’s games in the Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

10 Reigning champions Celtic have established a four-point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership, and have a game in hand. Ronny Deila's men have put together a 10-match unbeaten sequence - eight wins, two draws - since losing at Pittodrie in mid-September. Motherwell are the team looking to cause an upset at Parkhead - they make the short journey on the back of a 3-1 home win over Dundee and having lost just two of their last six matches.

6 Only six points separate six teams from fifth-placed Ross County down to Motherwell in 10th spot in a tightly-packed Ladbrokes Premiership. Partick Thistle are the form side among that group, with just one defeat in the past eight games but Dundee are winless in seven and Hamilton Accies have managed just one victory in their last eight outings.

13 Hibernian are now on the longest current unbeaten run in the SPFL following Ayr United's defeat to Dunfermline Athletic at the weekend. Alan Stubbs' side go into Saturday's home game against Queen of the South having won 11 and drawn two of their 13 matches in the Ladbrokes Championship since losing at Ibrox in August.

3 New Alloa Athletic manager Jack Ross - who this week replaced Danny Lennon - will be seeking to guide the Wasps to their third Championship win of the season. Alloa ended a seven-game losing streak last weekend, beating Livingston 1-0 with caretaker boss Paddy Connolly at the helm, to move to within three points of the West Lothian club. They now welcome Alex Rae's St Mirren to the Indodrill Stadium - Saints parted company with Ian Murray in the wake of the 1-0 defeat at Dumbarton and have taken just two points from their last six matches.

11 Dunfermline Athletic were the pre-season favourites for the Ladbrokes League 1 title and are on an 11-match unbeaten league run, three points clear of an Ayr side who have a game in hand. The Pars have won 11 of their 17 games, scoring 45 goals in the process. Stenhousemuir visit East End Park on Saturday sitting sixth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Peterhead.

4 Clyde and Queen's Park are the form teams in Ladbrokes League 2, having both won four games in a row. Stirling Albion aren't far behind, having posted four victories in five matches following a poor start to the season. The Bully Wee are at home to Arbroath, Queen's Park go to Elgin and Stirling Albion entertain leaders Annan Athletic. There are four points between second-placed Queen's Park and the Binos, who are fifth.