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SPFL Championship weekend preview; Saturday 22nd March 2014

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We are approaching the end game of the season and with only 8 games left to go this is a league that has all the hallmarks of going right to the wire. Once again we have some very decent contests on offer for the neutral – just hope it’s a brilliant game at the Bet Butler – cos that’s where I’ll be…

Match of the Day

Raith Rovers v Livingston

I have to say that if there was ever a game that will define the Kirkcaldy side’s season this may be it. Their win last weekend and draw with the league leaders midweek shows them they can achieve at this level. Their league position is not great so to start competing in the playoffs they need to see of teams like Livingston. It would be a season of under achievement if they don’t have a playoff spot so Grant Murray knows what’s needed. As for Livingston, they have managed to get out the relegation mix they found themselves involved in earlier in the season and are sitting much more comfortably in the league. Their 2-0 loss to Dundee last weekend wasn’t great but John McGlynn will be looking for better fare today. I have been backing Raith to get back into the playoffs and believe that 3 points today shall help.

Dumbarton v Dundee has a home side that beat Cowdenbeath 5-1 last weekend and are very confident up against a Dundee side that saw off Livingston 2-0 and then faltered slightly at home to Raith Rovers on Tuesday with a goalless draw. I can’t see this being goalless and the away side should come away with a win – if they harbour serious hopes for the Championship. Greenock Morton v Hamilton Academical has the home side on a perpetual slide whilst the Accies are maintaining pressure on Dundee. Morton lost out to Raith Rovers last Saturday whilst Alex Neil’s side beating Falkirk 3-1. I think Hamilton are back on the march and this ought to be a perfunctory win for them; I have given up waiting for the Cappielow revival as I think so have most of the Ton faithful.

Alloa Athletic v Falkirk has the away side licking their wounds from a bad 3-1 loss last weekend to Hamilton whilst Alloa were sunk by a single goal to Queen of the South. I have a bad feeling for Alloa this season now and reckon the Bairns shall recover from their loss to send Alloa painstakingly closer to the relegation playoffs. Finally Queen of the South v Cowdenbeath has the Dumfries side looking to capitalise on their 1-0 win against Alloa last weekend whilst Jimmy Nichol needs to lift the Blue Brazil from their 5-1 loss at Dumbarton. Whilst I don’t think Cowdenbeath will leave with all 3 points I do think they shall get a point. I believe that Nichol has a team that can, by stealth, get out the danger zone but Jim McIntyre wants to keep his playoff spot and will not want to be drawn out of it.

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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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