Saturday, September 19, 2009

I predict it's quiet

After the disaster that was last week's SPL predictions I'm hoping for a turnaround this week. Four draws last week including both sides of the Old Firm. Who'd have thought it?

So this week. Mixed fortunes in Europe for Glasgow's ugly sisters on the back of dropped SPL points last weekend. More of the same this week?

Kilmarnock v Rangers
Jim Jefferies will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat at Tynecastle last week. How motivated his players will be following his "Kevin Kyle plus ten" comments about team selection remains to be seen. Rangers will be looking to build on the one good half of football they've played in the last two games. Expect a Rangers win. And don't bet against Kris Boyd coming off the bench to score.

Aberdeen v St Mirren
Both sides drew last week with the Dons' point at Falkirk coming after the sort of game that makes Setanta's slide into bankruptcy easy to understand. Mark McGhee is unlikely to welcome back his prodigal Sone but dropping Aluko from the squad won't help the team's mini goal drought. St Mirren will be looking to pick up another away win as they await their first home victory at their new ground. A draw. With few goals.

Dundee United v Motherwell
After maintaining their undefeated records against the Old Firm last weekend this might just be the first key clash in the battle for third place. That might turn out to be a premature assessment but this still ranks as pick of the day. I'm giving United the win thanks to home advantage but a draw would not surprise me.

Hamilton Accies v Falkirk
After Hamilton won last Falkirk are the only SPL side still waiting for a win. The draw against Aberdeen showed signs of resoluteness but Hamilton are enjoying the confidence boost after their win over Hibs last week. You would expect these teams to be evenly matched and, even at this stage, this will be a tense affair. Another draw. Again without many goals.

Hibs v St Johnstone
Last week Hibs looked more anaemic than Derek Riordan after a long hard night of not getting in to Edinburgh's nightclubs. To say John Hughes will have been putting them through their paces this week would be an understatement. St Johnstone felt they could have got more than a point against St Mirren last week and would we see an away win over Hibs as a moderately sized scalp. Expect Yogi's week of terror to have had an impact though. Home win.

Celtic v Hearts (Sunday)
It's fair to say that a sizable chunk of the Celtic support did not take too kindly to Thursday's capitulation in Israel and Celtic will be searching for forgiveness on Sunday. These sides have produced crackers in the recent past and Hearts have the boost of Tuesday's win as they arrive at Parkhead. I'd expect Celtic to steady the ship though. Home win, by at least a couple of goals.

The story so far: 5/18 (One week missed and a big fat feck all last week)