While the English lower leagues are just starting and the English Premiership is still a week away, the SPL reaches its third week, and with friendly matches still being played by certain clubs, the fixture list composes of only four matches. Starting with the Saturday fixtures here is a run down of this weeks SPL previews.
Dundee United vs. St. Mirren – 15:00
Dundee United begin life without David Goodwillie with a tricky looking home tie against St. Mirren. The Buddies have been labelled ‘this years Kilmarnock’ with the way they have played during their first two fixtures, which have netted them a joint top position alongside their opponents. Both teams have unbeaten runs to defend with both gaining a win and a draw so far in the campaign and both will be looking to extend that. St. Mirren will hopefully continue their passing football, however, Tannadice is a very difficult place to gain a result from and the Arabs should see the game through by the odd goal.
Prediction: Dundee United 2 – 1 St. Mirren
Dunfermline vs. Inverness – 15:00
While other clubs have been playing glamour friendlies in their weekends off, Dunfermline played out a League Cup match last weekend and came through a tricky tie away to Annan Athletic to reach the second round. The Pars are another team with an unbeaten record, having came out of their only game of the SPL season so far with a creditable draw against St. Mirren. Inverness however, are the only side without a point on the board, and they will hope to make amends for this after disappointing results against Motherwell and Hibs. Inverness should come out of this game with their first points, however, it is very likely that they will have to settle for a draw against a resolute Dunfermline side.
Prediction: Dunfermline 1 – 1 Inverness
Aberdeen vs. Celtic – 12:15
The live game in Scottish Football this week comes from Pittodrie where Celtic will look to continue their winning start to the season. Having played in the glamour ties of the Dublin Cup last weekend, their stars will be brought back down to Earth with a fixture at a very strong Aberdeen side. The Dons were very poor last week against St. Mirren and Craig Brown will be looking for much more a fighting spirit about his team on Sunday. His side however, are probably going to be missing a few of their star players, while Neil Lennon should be able to call on his full team and that should be enough to give Celtic the three points to take back to Glasgow.
Prediction: Aberdeen 0 – 2 Celtic
Motherwell vs. Hearts – 15:00
Paulo Sergio will get his first taste of the Scottish Premier League as he takes his new side to Motherwell. Coming off a good win in Europe and the drawing of English giants Tottenham Hotspur in the next round of the Europa League, the Hearts players are very likely to be on a high. Motherwell will be looking to continue their good start to the season, being joint top alongside St. Mirren, Rangers and Dundee United. Against Killie last week they looked very good in the first two-thirds, however in the final third they lacked a cutting edge against a strong Killie backline. Hearts’ defence is also very strong and robust and that should make it a struggle for the Motherwell strikers and Hearts may just sneak this one in what should be a very tight game.
Prediction: Motherwell 0 – 1 Hearts