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SPFL Championship weekend preview: Saturday 12th October 2013

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A combination of the international weekend and the semi finals of the Ramsdens Cup has reduced our fixture list to four but quality four they are.

MATCH OF THE DAY

GREENOCK MORTON V HAMILTON ACADEMICAL

There may be a degree of sentiment attached to this top v bottom clash as, in my opinion, it ought to be about two teams fighting it out at the top but Morton’s poor season thus far has just got a potential savior. Allan Moore has proven that when the chips are down he can get creative and the buzz with the signing of Nacho Novo is testament to his desire to find a solution to the problems affecting this great club. Alex Neil, meanwhile has got another great club out the doldrums and made them very serious contenders for the title. Moore goes into the game with serious doubts over Reece Hands and Kabba-Moduo Cham whilst Thomas O’Ware and David O’Brien are both out. Neil is without Stephen Hendrie, who is on international duty for our under 19s, whilst there are significant doubts over Ali Crawford and Jon Routledge; Neil himself can play. Whatever the result today I fancy it will be very close…

Elsewhere we have Alloa Athletic v Falkirk with Paul Hartley’s side without James Creaney but welcoming back Eddie Ferns. The Bairns have Michael McGovern away on international duty with Northern Ireland whilst Will Vaulks and Ollie Durojaiye are out. Another highly entertaining encounter that has Alloa hoping to get a bit of momentum up after beating Morton last week whilst Falkirk were also victors last time out and will hope to keep that momentum for themselves. This could really go either way. Dumbarton v Dundee should be an away win as Dumbarton couldn’t keep Raith out last week whilst Dundee were taking care of Cowdenbeath. Ian Murray has a significant part of their midfield missing as Scott Agnew, Hugh Murray and Nicky Phinn are out. For John Brown he will be without Leighton McIntosh, Kyle Benedictus and Stephen O’Donnell whilst Kevin McBride is doubtful. Despite those absences it should be a highly difficult home tie and we could see Dumbarton sliding further. Queen of the South v Cowdenbeath has a fully fit Blue Brazil squad ready to avenge the defeat last weekend at the hands of Dundee and get climbing up the table. There will certainly be no hiding places after today. The Doonhamers are without both Stephen McKenna and Paul Burns but their loss last week to Alloa will still rankle as they should be teams they are beating. This weekend could be very close for them and it may give us a clue as to who we should be looking at for the bottom spot come May…

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