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Friday 16th December 2016

Weekend preview in numbers

We look at some of the key numbers behind this weekend’s games in the SPFL, with a full card of fixtures across all four divisions.

We look at some of the key numbers behind this weekend’s games in the SPFL, with a full card of fixtures across all four divisions.

2 Leaders Celtic have dropped just two points in the Ladbrokes Premiership since Brendan Rodgers came to the club - 14 wins and a 2-2 draw at Inverness in September. The Hoops moved 11 points clear at the top of the table by beating Hamilton Accies in midweek and have two more home games coming up - Dundee visit Parkhead on Saturday and Partick Thistle make the short journey across Glasgow on Tuesday night.

4 As the halfway stage approaches, the bottom half of the Ladbrokes Premiership remains incredibly tight. The seven clubs from Kilmarnock down are separated by only four points and the only two in direct opposition this weekend are Killie and Inverness Caley Thistle, who meet at Rugby Park. Bottom side Partick Thistle are away to fourth-placed Hearts, who have lost only to Celtic at Tynecastle this season.

8 It's looking like a two-horse race in the Ladbrokes Championship, with leaders Hibernian and second-placed Dundee United eight points clear of the pack. Both will be tested this weekend: Hibs are away to a Morton team still unbeaten at Cappielow - live on BBC ALBA at 5.15pm - and United travel to Kirkcaldy to play Raith Rovers, who have lost just once at Stark's Park.

3 St Mirren are seeking a third straight win after beating Queen of the South and Raith Rovers in the space of five days to move to within four points of second-bottom Dumbarton. The Buddies were winless for the first 14 games in the Ladbrokes Championship but are now going for the hat-trick - they play Ayr United in Paisley on Saturday, having recently knocked the Honest Men out of the IRN-BRU Cup.

10 Ladbrokes League 1 leaders Livingston have the chance to open up a 10-point cushion when they play closest challengers Airdrieonians at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday. David Hopkin's men, who recently knocked the Diamonds out of the Scottish Cup, increased their advantage at the summit to seven points with a 4-0 win at Stenhousemuir on Tuesday - three days after the Warriors had stunned Airdrie 5-0. Livi are yet to draw in League 1 this season, with 12 wins and four defeats in 16 games.

6 Lowland League champions Edinburgh City had a tough start to life in Ladbrokes League 2 but are now unbeaten in six matches since losing 1-0 to Clyde at Meadowbank Stadium on October 15. They face the fourth-placed Bully Wee again this weekend - Barry Ferguson's men have been strong at Broadwood with five wins, one draw and a single defeat but Gary Jardine's team won their last away match 1-0 at Arbroath.