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SPFL Championship preview – Saturday 17th August 2013

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We have four teams on maximum points at the head of the table but that means nothing after only one game. The club that is likely to stay there is probably Morton over the season as the two promoted sides from Division Two from last year, Queen of the South and Alloa Athletic are sitting alongside them. Down at the bottom sit the four teams who lost to them with Dundee at the head of the pack. John Brown’s side shall definitely be looking to improve their position having lost to Queen of the South last weekend. Here’s what we can expect this weekend.

Match of the Day – Falkirk v Greenock Morton

Allan Moore is no fan of synthetic pitches but will really have to get used to them as he heads to the new Falkirk Stadium where they will unveil theirs for league business today. Sitting atop the table is where he wanted to start and Morton will be keen to stay there. O’Brian and Cham are out for the visitors whilst the home side will probably not have their new signing David McCracken on show. Jonny Flynn is also out as they look to add to their tally from Dumbarton last weekend. This is a tough one to call and I reckon we can expect the visitors to come away with something.

Cowdenbeath v Raith Rovers has both teams searching for their first league win and Cowdenbeath shall be without Thomas O’Brien whilst Raith have a full strength squad from which to choose. Cowdenbeath lost to Morton last weekend whilst Raith were put to the sword by Hamilton; I fully expect this to end all square. Dundee v Alloa Athletic has the dangerous wounded animal that is Dundee entering this first league encounter with Alloa for 35 years as determined as they were last season to avoid relegation. Three weeks ago Dundee won in this fixture in the Ramsdens. They have Gary Irvine and James Thomson now available whilst Nicky Riley and Stephen O’Donnell are still out. Alloa meanwhile have Jason Marr and Willie Robertson back but Darren Young and Iain Flannigan are out. This has home win written all over it…

Hamilton Academical v Dumbarton has two undefeated teams squaring up against each other. For the home side Martin Canning is back whilst both Louis Longridge and Jonathon Routledge are both out. They are another Championship side unveiling their synthetic pitch for league business today. Dumbarton are hoping to bring along both Scott Linton and Nicky Phinn in their squad and their strong showing last weekend after going a goal down at home to Falkirk might continue today and see the team through. Finally Livingston v Queen if the South has a home side struggling once again to put out a team. There shall be a large number of fresh faces as no fewer than eight Lions are out or doubtful. Queen of the South are on a high though Jim McIntyre shall not be fooled though his full strength squad will probably add another three points today.

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