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SPFL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW – SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2013

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The international break now fully over it is time to focus back on the domestic as the Scotland Squad gave a good account of themselves and we can be proud there is some fight in their tank. Where in the Championship there is fight in anyone’s tank is important this weekend as things start to take shape in the fight for promotion to the premiership.

During the week it was all cup action in the quarter finals of the Ramsdens Cup. The all championship tie ended with Raith Rovers depending upon a Greig Spence late goal to despatch a Falkirk side that by all account played pretty well and should have progressed. Dundee went out on penalties to Stenhousemuir after Peter MacDonald’s strike was equalised by Sean Higgins in the second half and nothing else could separate them. Queen of the South entertain Rangers on Tuesday night in the last quarter final.

Match of the Day

Dundee v Hamilton Academical

John Brown will manage to put his disappointment at losing to Raith in the cup last weekend behind him today as the league business of entertaining the league leaders will be all in his mind. The inclusion in his squad of Craig Beattie should help that. He is joined by Carlo Monti and Steven Doris though Leighton Macintosh and Jamie Reid are out. Alex Reid travels with a very confident squad with only Jonathon Routledge out. I expect a great day out for the away side and the gap to extend at the top but Dundee are no mugs and may be the first to show what experience can really do in this division.

We also have Cowdenbeath v Falkirk up that end of the woods and Colin Cameron has not had trouble to seek this season already. Two weeks ago they recorded their first win – a hard fought one against Dumbarton and will be looking to get back on that train. Only Jamie Stevenson misses out for them. Falkirk sit between Dundee and Hamilton and will have one eye on their result though know they have to perform too if they want to keep their place in the promotion gravy train. Whilst David McCracken wont make it Blair Alston and Olumide Durojaiye will be in the squad to help them recover from losing midweek to Raith Rovers. For me this looks very much like another away win… Alloa Athletic v Dumbarton is fascinating as the new boys are setting the heather alight whilst the Sons are starting to show signs of struggling. Ian Flannigan is still out for the Wasps whilst Ian Murray will be without Nicky Phinn and Steven MacDougall though Garry Fleming faces a late fitness test with Jamie Ewings and Kevin Smith passed fit for the squad. I fancy Dumbarton to come good this weekend.

Queen of the South v Raith Rovers has the quarter finalist with their tie still to play up against a team that battled through last weekend. Paul Burns is out for the Doonhamers whilst Kevin Dzierzawski will make his debut. Raith have a full squad from which to choose. I have a sneaky suspicion this will be a close one and have a feeling that the home side might nick it… though it might just be wind… Finally Livingston v Greenock Morton sees John McGlynn back at the helm of a football club as he takes charge of Livingston for the first time this afternoon. Richie Burke, having left for personal reasons, left the Livingston board acting quickly and this is a shrewd appointment for them as McGlynn knows this division well and if there is anyone likely to get them off the bottom… Stefan Scougall, Keoghan Jacobs and Burton O’Brien are all doubts whilst Jack Beaumont, Marc McNulty and Mark Burchill are out. For Morton, David O’Brien is back but Reece Hands, Joe McKee and Thomas O’Ware are out. Injuries have always dogged Allan Moore’s time at Morton though he knows there is no excuse if he does not see his team climb the table soon. I would reckon this weekend will add 3 points to his target.

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