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SPFL League One weekend preview – Saturday 3rd January 2015

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The top spot in this leagues is changing on a weekly basis and with two teams perched on the same points at the summit 2015 promises to be a knife-edge run in. Both have tricky ties as we head into the weekend.

Match of the Day

Forfar Athletic v Brechin City

There is much as stake today for both teams. A decent win for the Loons, keeps them at the top whilst a win for the Hedgemen could take them into the playoffs. Both would depend on results elsewhere going their way but it all starts with them doing the business for themselves. Both drew last time out and then had their games last weekend called off due to the weather so there is not much by way of form to suggest that they have momentum behind them. For Forfar Athletic there is a fully fit squad though there may be questions over Derek Young and Jim Paterson playing; new signing Michael Travis should feature. For Brechin City loan signings, Craig Wighton, Kyle McAusland and Jamie Masson are expected to be in the squad though Calum tapping, once again won’t be. For me, I reckon this will probably end up a draw as both may snuff the other out. Forfar remain the surprise package of the season whilst Brechin have been the draw specialists. For Brechin they need to convert a few of them into wins to get into the playoffs where that type of experience and expertise can be might handy.

Ayr United v Stranraer sees a forlorn home team facing visitors who are league leaders but lost their unbeaten run last weekend against Stenhousemuir. Ayr have looked like shadows of the team that were on top in August whilst the Blues have been on a very decent run of late. It just looks like another bad day at the office for the Honest Men. Greenock Morton v Airdrieonians has the Ton off the back of a nervy 4-3 win against the Binos whilst Airdrie had a very convincing win against Ayr. It makes it look very close and the away side might shade it but I think that Jim Duffy’s side might be in recovery mode this afternoon.

Dunfermline Athletic v Peterhead has the Pars and the Blue Toon coming off no score draws last time out – and then being idle last weekend as their games were called off. John Potter waved goodbye to his leading goal scorer this week whilst Jim McInally knows that a win today and another in their game in hand and they could leap-frog their hosts into the playoffs. I think that is fanciful thinking and fancy the Pars to rally and take all three points. Finally Stenhousemuir v Stirling Albion is a basement battle that has the home side on the beginning of a roll, having beaten the league leaders 2-0 last weekend. I reckon that the Binos, who lost narrowly to Morton at the same time will cause them problems but not too many…

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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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