Friday, October 02, 2009

Five big ones and a small one, please Carol

Back again. Another week of European misery. Rangers humbled – penalty or no penalty they got a "doing" – and Celtic drawing at home in a game that they would have expected to do better in. Still, at least they’ve both got a quiet weekend to look forward to.

Onwards:

Hamilton v St Johnstone

It would be churlish not to start with the weekend fixture that most catches the eye.

St Johnstone seem to bring goals wherever they go but don’t half concede them as well. Will these two be locked in a relegation battle come the end of the season? I certainly don’t think there’s much between them right now so I will go for a draw, a scoring draw.

Hibernian v Dundee United

The long, often bitter, history between these clubs will ensure the whole of Europe is glued to the radio as the old foes meet up in Scotland's game of the season so far.

Hibs are riding high after winning at Motherwell and winning the manager and player of the month awards in the past week. That is the perfect recipe for a disappointing result and Craig Levein will be out to expose the Hibs defence. Could go either way but I’ve got to back United to get the points.

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen

In a weekend crowded with big matches this one looks like being the pick of the bunch.

Aberdeen haven’t conceded a goal since Jimmy Calderwood was white or something and, despite Jim Jefferies increasingly lonely "Kevin Kyle for Fifa Player of the Year" campaign, Kilmarnock are not free scoring. Thrills there will be few. Another draw. Possibly with no goals.

Motherwell v Falkirk

Few could deny that when the Bairns roll into town the Steelmen know that they’re going to be involved in the game of the weekend. Tomorrow looks no different.

Falkirk are in the middle of a resurgence or at least a run of draws (don’t knock it - they’ve had the same results as Ranger in the last three games) and Motherwell will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Hibs last week. Motherwell will win.

St Mirren v Hearts

In such a crowded fixture list it is a testimony to the enduring allure of this game that it remains the standout fixture whenever it is played.

Hearts won last week but still didn’t convince while St Mirren’s thrawness against Celtic contributed to everyone who watched losing 90 precious minutes of their lives. There will be huff and puff on display here but I’d fancy another bore draw.

Rangers v Celtic

Two small clubs, with small club mentalities, meet up on Sunday. Like pub teams.

The smashing sound you can here is the form book being thrown out of the window. Does that cliché apply when neither side has any form? Could be a draw or one of them could win. I don’t know. I’ll have a stab at Celtic to win it by a goal.

The story so far: 11 from 30 (p*sh)