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SPFL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW – SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2013

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we did have a free week last weekend we did have Raith Rovers mid week getting into 2nd thanks to a win against Livingston at home. A Gordon Smith goal keeps up his momentum and that of the Kirkcaldy side. They now occupy 2nd spot having dislodged Dundee whilst Livingston’s negative goal difference saw them fall past Alloa Athletic. It makes this weekend an interesting set of fixtures as at least two of them are 3rd/4th round Scottish Cup ties as well!

Match of the Day

Dundee v Raith Rovers

This came out of the hat as a 4th round tie in the Scottish Cup though it will mean absolutely nothing to either side in the league. Dundee had a free weekend whilst Raith were on cup duty on the Sunday, beating East Stirlingshire 2-0. This is a big tie for both sides and I fancy that home advantage and a desire to get back onto winning ways will spur Dundee on.

Queen of the South v Hamilton Academical is a repeat of last Saturday’s fixture except it is now in the league rather than the cup! With Jim McIntyre’s side having won last weekend it means a lot more to Alex Neil’s side to gain revenge this weekend. I do believe that Alex Neil will have his side ready for this encounter and want to stretch the 2 point lead they currently have. Jim McIntyre may have got some of the monkeys off his back but it’s a tricky hosting job for the Doonhamers today. Falkirk v Livingston has two sides that were idle at the weekend though Livingston turned out in Kirkcaldy mid week and were turned over 1-0.  In terms of football these are two really good sides and if I was after a real football treat this would be where I would be heading in hope of finding one. The home side might just edge it but John McGlynn’s influence is not to be discounted in any game. Cowdenbeath v Alloa Athletic has two sides with varying fortunes in the cup. Cowdenbeath went down 2-1 at Dumbarton whilst Alloa managed a 3-0 victory against Inverurie Locos. Fascinating in Fife might just be a headline after this as both teams are looking for mid table survival and it should be a very tight contest. Finally Greenock Morton v Dumbarton has a local fixture with all to play for. Allan Moore is hanging in there whilst Ian Murray managed to steer the Sons past Cowdenbeath in the Cup 2-1 last weekend. Morton had no fixture and it should have given some walking wounded at Cappielow the chance to heal. Dumbarton are a tricky side and Morton just need the win – no matter how ugly it is. I fancy that their luck is about to change.

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