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SPFL Championship Preview – Saturday 31st August 2013

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With Dundee beating Livingston last night this makes the table look a wee bit more exciting as Dundee are now tucked behind the front-runners, Hamilton and Falkirk. We are beginning to look like things are as they should have been! This is important as last weekend it was even more misery heaped upon poor Livingston who could end up at the bottom of the pile today if results don’t do them any favours. Let’s have a wee look at how we think it will all go then…

Match of the Day

Falkirk v Hamilton Academical

As far as matches go this will lay claim to being the most exciting because it is first versus second. Both negotiated their ways through cup action midweek with Hamilton seeing off Kilmarnock and Falkirk putting paid to Dunfermline’s cup run. Last weekend they both came away with wins so this ought to be a decent encounter. The Bairns will include Rakish Bingham (On loan from Wigan Athletic) as well as Jonny Flynn; Blair Alston is a doubt. Hamilton are still without Jonathon Routledge and Louis Longridge and have Alex Neil now doubtful. Even with that as a possible handicap I reckon an away win could well be on the cards and for the Accies who will maintain their current good form.

Queen of the South v Alloa Athletic has the two teams that came up from the second division opposite each other for the first time this season. The Doonhamers got a terrific result against St Mirren in the league cup whilst Alloa took Aberdeen all the way to penalties. Jim McIntyre’s side will be without Paul Burns and their new signing Kevin Dzierzawski whilst Alloa are only without Iain Flannigan and name the same squad as the one that pushed Aberdeen so far. I reckon home advantage may play a part here and Jim McIntyre will continue to prove himself a worthy successor to Alan Johnston.

Greenock Morton v Raith Rovers has a refreshed Morton side who washed the 3-1 defeat at Dumbarton out of their hair with a 4-0 win at home to Montrose midweek. Rovers managed to scare Hearts midweek but their league form has been very even handed – 1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss. Morton are without Thomas O’Ware, Joe McKee and David O’Brian with doubts over Mark McLaughlin whilst Raith include Dougie Hill but not Greig Spence in their squad. Morton won at home in their first league game and should win again in this one.

Finally Cowdenbeath v Dumbarton has a couple of sides that also pushed Premiership teams to the edge. The Blue Brazil took Thistle to extra time whilst it was a late goal that sunk the Sons. Last weekend Dumbarton won 3-1 against Morton whilst Cowdenbeath registered another loss. Colin Cameron needs points on the board and they have highly popular Jon Robertson back from St Mirren in the squad. Dumbarton likewise have a full squad from which to choose as Scott Linton, Scott Agnew, Mark Gilhaney and Nicky Phinn  are all back for Ian Murray’s team. I watched Dumbarton last weekend and they are hard to break down and if Cowdenbeath are struggling they could find themselves still doing so by quarter to five in the afternoon tomorrow.

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