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SPFL Championship preview – Saturday 22nd February 2014

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It’s an interesting weekend as Dundee are looking to restore their gap as Hamilton Academical beat Livingston 2-0 last night thanks to Jason Scotland and Mikael Antoine Courier. Falkirk meanwhile today welcome an in form Queen of the South who only lost by a single goal last weekend against the league leaders. At the basement 8th plays 10th at a time when Alloa are struggling and Morton are improving whilst the Blue Brazil have a tough gig up against the very team looking to restore their lead at the top.

Match of the Day

Cowdenbeath v Dundee

This is a very interesting tie because it will affect both the top and the bottom of the league – hence my picking it as my game of the day. The home side could only draw last weekend against fellow relegation strugglers Greenock Morton whilst Dundee kept on the winning pathways with an away win at Dumfries. I reckon Paul Hartley will keep the Dundee train a rolling and Jimmy Nichol, notwithstanding the call out to supporters for a £10,000 fighting fund shall continue to fight to stay in this division.

Falkirk v Queen of the South has Gary Holt bringing his team home after their disappointing 2-1 away loss last weekend to the Sons whilst Jim McIntyre needs to lift his side after their slender loss to Dundee. I believe that Queen of the South are gaining momentum whilst Dr Jekyll is in permanent residence at the Falkirk Stadium and it could end up an away day steal. Dumbarton v Raith Rovers has a home side that won last week at home to the Bairns to put real pressure on the 4th spot above them whilst Grant Murray’s Rovers were well beaten by Hamilton though they rallied in the 2nd half to make things respectable looking. January manager of the month, Ian Murray will have Garry Fleming back and may even see Chris Turner in the team. I reckon that the home side should shade this but it may not be by much. Finally Greenock Morton v Alloa Athletic is as intriguing a tie as any other as 8th placed Alloa look to find some form after they were well beaten 3-0 by Livingston last weekend whilst Morton got a valuable point though it was against Cowdenbeath. Morton have started to look more ruthless and resilient whilst Alloa are looking increasingly fragile. I think that fragility will be great for Morton supporters and bring more misery for the Wasps’ fans.

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