Friday, January 15, 2010

Back to normal

A combination of the holiday season and the destructive weather means the weekly prediction post has gone a bit awry of late. Hopefully we can get back to normal now. A full fixture list tomorrow:

Celtic v Falkirk

There’s a "heid" shaped hole at Celtic Park after dear Gary took his incredible talent to the stage his innate genius so surely deserves. Wigan. Another three players have also been moved on this week. So January for Celtic is one of transition although Mowbray knows he needs to keep winning as he goes about stamping his authority on the squad. It's much the same for Eddie May, for whom the challenge might be even greater, as he brings in his own men but tries to stay in touch at the bottom. More bad news for Edward tomorrow. Home win.

Dundee United v Hibernian

Not so long ago there were high hopes that this fixture could have some sort of bearing on this season’s Champions League places. After both teams decided to give Rangers the Christmas gift of goals, it’s now purely to win some advantage in the best of the rest race. United go third with a win. Hibs move five points clear with a game in hand if they win. So it’ll be a draw.

Hamilton v Rangers (12.30 ko)

A quirk of the fixture list after last week’s Scottish Cup goal rush. It won’t be another 3-3 draw. Away win.

Hearts v St Mirren

Both sides have staged mini revivals of late to advance up the table. You look at both these teams and you think “there’s no way this fixture is going to produce many goals.” Low scoring. But, I’m going for an away win.

Kilmarnock v Motherwell

Youth is given its head at Rugby Park as opposing managers Jimmy Calderwood and Craig Brown lock horns. Let’s do the time warp again. Kilmarnock are getting to the stage where another defeat or two will see them bottom of the league. Motherwell are strangers to consistency in a topsy turvy season. I’m going to predict a draw here as well.

St Johnstone v Aberdeen

A good cup win against Hearts followed by defeat at St Mirren sums up the season for Aberdeen and their goal shy strikers. St Johnstone, I feel, probably haven’t got the results that some of their play has merited. They can score goals though and that should might them an advantage tomorrow. Home win.

I’ve lost track of my appalling record so far but I’ll let you know next week once I’ve done the math!