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SPFL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW – SATURDAY 26TH APRIL 2014

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With only 2 games left this is the serious time for all concerned… apart from those who have been assured of Championship football against Hearts and Rangers next year… games today will go a long way towards settling playoff spots top and bottom as well as the only League title that has yet to be won in Scotland.

Matches of the Day

Dumbarton v Hamilton Academical/Alloa Athletic v Dundee

There are 2 games today that cannot be separated in terms of importance because all 4 teams have something to play for. In the first game Dumbarton, who lost 3-0 last weekend at home to Queen of the South have 4th spot to continue to chase whilst league leaders Hamilton are obviously wanting to maintain their top of the league status. Dumbarton look to have both Garry Fleming and Michael Miller in the squad with Ian Murray in the stands after receiving a 4 game touchline ban. Alex Neil fared slightly better in front of the beaks as he won his appeal on Thursday against a 2 game touchline ban; Ziggy Gordon and James Keatings are available, Stephen Hendrie and Darian McKinnon are out. I saw Dumbarton last week and though they were unlucky against Queen of the South at times, I reckon they will be no match for the Accies today.

At Recreation Park, Alloa are trying to get distance between them and Cowdenbeath at the bottom and their 2-1 loss to Hamilton last weekend was no help to them at all. Dundee also lost – 1-0 to relegated Greenock Morton – and have struggled in recent weeks to really set the heather alight in terms of looking like Champions. Both sides are keeping their cards close to their chests before kick off and I reckon this is likely to be an away win as a huge Dundee travelling support see their side maintain the pressure on Hamilton right to the end of the season.

Greenock Morton v Falkirk has the relegated team from the season once again in the thick of promotion action as the Bairns come a calling. Morton put Dundee to the sword last weekend as Falkirk got their championship party back on with a win against Raith Rovers. Kenny Shiels wants to leave the league with a bang and they could continue that today against Falkirk. Queen of the South v Livingston has a Dumfries side that beat off Dumbarton last weekend against a Livingston side that was thumped 4-0 by Cowdenbeath. I think, with only the home side with something to really play for, in front of their home crowd they should do the business. Finally Raith Rovers v Cowdenbeath has a home side that lost narrowly against Falkirk last Saturday up against a team that hammered Livingston. If the Blue Brazil win they shall put tremendous pressure on Alloa, should Alloa lose. That would be the story worth writing and I truly hope Jimmy Nichol’s side get the win today to make it all happen right up to the final day and for the second year in a row set up a Cowdenbeath last day escape; and I think it might…

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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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