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SPFL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2013

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Hamilton sit top of the division 5 points ahead of a chasing pack and have another tough tie today whilst down at the bottom Livingston will feel there are no easy ties at any point! Their new manager John McGlynn seeks his first win having seen his side lose a 2 goal advantage last weekend against Morton. Midweek no fewer than 5 Championship sides are in league cup action so how many players will have one eye on getting to play in that round of the cup?

MATCH OF THE DAY

FALKIRK V DUNDEE

Both of these teams are sitting neatly tucked in behind league leaders Hamilton and having them face each other at this point is critical for both Hamilton and these two teams. A win for either would keep them on the Accies’ coat tails whilst a loss could see them fall further behind. Falkirk have the ever present dangers of Rory Loy and Phil Roberts whilst Craig Beattie has a chance to shine for Dundee as his debut last weekend hardly sparkled. The absence of Peter MacDonald allows him to stake a claim. For me it is likely to be a nervy draw or an away win.

Raith Rovers v Alloa Athletic has a home side that won against Queen of the South up against an Alloa side that lost to Dumbarton. As form guides go it has hardly scientific but I reckon Raith may take this and the Wasps will start to find where they actually are in the league but benefit from their early form. Hamilton Academical v Cowdenbeath sees a home side where there is plenty of confidence. As a team based on young players they sit top of the under 20s league as well as the Championship so there is real strength in depth here. They have Craig Watson and Jaison McGrath available but no Jon Routledge or Lee Kilday. The Blue Brazil have really struggled this season and their win last weekend was their first of the campaign. It leaves me sure that the league leaders may pull away again today.

Dumbarton v Livingston has Dumbarton hoping that their form is now ready to kick on after beating Alloa late on last weekend. They will be without Nicky Phinn but apart from that are fully fit. Livingston are looking for a 90 minute new boss bounce having had that feeling for all of 14 minutes last weekend as they went 2-0 up against Morton. I do hope it is a cracker as I am covering this game but reckon it may be dour and a draw. Finally Greenock Morton v Queen of the South has Allan Moore’s side back home to try to keep their campaign going. They showed great resilience last weekend against Livingston and he will be looking for that again. Jim McIntyre’s side had that Ramsdens Quarter Final during the week and will be looking to bounce back from that defeat though I think home advantage will play a huge part here.

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