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SPFL League One Weekend Preview: Saturday 21st December 2013

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The league is beginning to look stuffed for Christmas for anyone other than Rangers but the decent contest for the play offs looks like being a headliner for the New Year – how will today affect it? With Rangers v Stranraer now on Boxing Day we have only 4 fixtures to drool over…

Match of the Day

East Fife v Brechin City

It may not have much of an effect on the top of the table but this is a tie where new manager Gary Naismith will pit his wits against a Brechin manager under a bit of pressure. It makes it decent fare for a Saturday afternoon. East Fife under Naysmith have progressed well and won last weekend against Airdrie. Ray McKinnon meanwhile had their games postponed but on Tuesday went 3-0 up against Airdrie only to see themselves pegged lack to 3-3 before a late winner got them the points. The home side will have Gary Thom and possibly Paul Willis available whilst Brechin have no Greg Cameron, Darren Petrie and doubts over Ewan Moyes and Jonny Brown. I reckon the Fife revival will continue.

Arbroath v Dunfermline Athletic sees a home side on a very poor run of form. Their draw last weekend with Forfar gives them some hope but no Graham Bayne, Darren Smith, Ross Chisholm and doubts over Lee Sibanda and Bobby Linn make grim reading. The Pars have signed up Jim Jeffries on a contract extension whilst their 4-2 win at Somerset last weekend adds to their confidence going in to today. They have no Ross Millen or Robert Thomson whilst Callum Morris and Stephen Husband are back; an away win for me and more pressure mounting on Paul Sheerin. Forfar Athletic v Ayr United is a tie that sees two misfiring sides likely to provide entertainment at least. The Loons have Dale Hilson back but no Odmar Faero or Gavin Swankie. Ayr will have no Martyn Campbell or Adam Hunter but under fire Michael Moffat will play. With Forfar drawing last week and Ayr losing both are desperate to win this one and I think the away side might just shade it. Finally Stenhousemuir v Airdrieonians has an away side that have lost twice in the last 7 days with their 3-1 defeat to East Fife compounded by their 4-3 loss at Airdrie on Tuesday night. They will have no Paddy Doyle, Chris O’Neil, Grant Evans or Grant Drummond whilst the Warriors have no Ross Brash or Darren Smith but Sean Higgins is available. I think the away side might just get their first wee win under almost new manager Gary Bollan.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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