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SPFL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW – SATURDAY 1ST MARCH 2014

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It’s another possible twisty and turny weekend for the Championship as top play bottom, 4th play 5th there’s a derby in Fife and teams in search of salvation play those in search of promotion. In essence this may be what competition looks like…

Match of the Day

Queen of the South v Dumbarton

It’s a game that would have been predicted as a potential relegation tussle at the beginning of the season but is now about who has the ability to take 4th and hold the bragging rights. Queen of the South lost away last weekend to Falkirk whilst the Sons had a hard fought 3-3 draw at home to Raith Rovers. For me I reckon this will be a very tough one to predict and may well end up all square but having seen Dumbarton last weekend I was impressed and think they are my favourites to take the tie.

Dundee v Greenock Morton

This has the league leaders looking to get back on track after losing to Cowdenbeath 2-0 away from home last Saturday whilst Morton were beaten at home by Alloa Athletic. For a few weeks I have been predicting that Morton will click and they really haven’t got the results to make my prediction come true. It looks very much like the league leaders faltered and stumbled last weekend rather than blew it so they ought to recover this weekend and take all 3 points; in this league that probably means that Morton shall romp it! Alloa Athletic v Hamilton Academical has a home side that has been busy with a 1-0 win at Morton on Saturday and Eddie Ferns putting them ahead on Tuesday – only for Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy to level the scoring in a 1-1 draw. As it stands for Barry Smith 1 win and a draw is an excellent return. The Accies beat Livingston last Friday night and had Saturday to go watching the rest ply their trade. I think the good fortune enjoyed by Alloa shall make this a decent contest but I do think that Alex Neil has the Accies’ mojo back.

Raith Rovers v Falkirk is a local derby with Raith coming off 2 draws that were very much better than their previous result – a 4-2 mauling by Hamilton Academical. Their 3-3 draw at Dumbarton was well worth the entrance fee and Dougie Hill equalising on Tuesday against Alloa more evidence they can get themselves back into games. The Bairns beat Queen of the South last Saturday in Dumfries which has been a difficult patch for some this season.  Both of these teams are vying for play off spots. For Falkirk they even have pretensions of the championship itself. Whilst this hardly qualifies as a “6 pointer” there ought to be some indication in this section of the season as to who has the best legs for the run in. I reckon it’s Falkirk this year. Finally Livingston v Cowdenbeath has the home side off the back of a 3-0 defeat a week last Friday at Hamilton and the Blue Brazil having beaten the league leaders 2-0 at home on the Saturday.

Livingston will see this as vital as they attempt to climb away from the relegation zone whilst Cowdenbeath are stealthily finding a way towards Alloa and some form of safety; neither manager are fools and are wily customers so this might end up another draw which suits both better than a loss.

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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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