Saturday, April 10, 2010

A cheerier ugliest stomp

There's an SPL game on four of the next five days. Monsieur, with this succession of dull football matches, you're really spoiling us.

I have an issue with the scheduling actually. Would it not offer a smidgeon of excitement (however manufactured) if Hearts and St Johnstone were kicking off at the same time this weekend? As part of my rant free weekend I'll say no more.

Falkirk v St Mirren

Ooh a relegation clash. The impact of which is only slightly diluted by the knowledge that they might play again next week. A win for Falkirk and they are level on points with St Mirren. Big goal difference disparity in favour of the Paisley-ers though. Draw

Hamilton v Hibs

A mouthwatering prospect as two of the league's form sides clash. Is how I would start a preview of this game if I lived in a parallel universe. Sadly I'm stuck here without a Tardis. It's never difficult to find a pessimistic Hibs fan but when Hamilton won this match early on in the season I heard a few people voice their concern that John Hughes' shiny, new Hibs were not quite worthy of the plaudits they were receiving. The voices of doom are probably saying "told you so" and sitting back smugly now. The Accies have an eight point cushion from the bottom now but will hardly be hanging up the bunting and celebrating survival just yet. Especially if they lose today. Away win.

Hearts v Kilmarnock

A top six place could be at stake if Hearts lose this one. Kilmarnock have stumbled back towards the abyss and sit only four points above Falkirk. Much to play for at Tynecastle then. But, really, does anyone expect this to be a classic? A pragmatic draw.

Sunday

Aberdeen v St Johnstone

If Hearts lose to Kilmarnock this game will offer St Johnstone a shot at the top six. If Hearts win or draw then this game will be a pretty pointless affair. Them's the breaks. I fancy St Johnstone though. Away win.

Tuesday

Celtic v Motherwell

A big game as Neil Lennon's Celtic continue their attempt to hunt down Rangers (ha, ha, ha). Motherwell have slipped out of the race for third but are still very much in the hunt for fourth. We'll know by Sunday night if simply cementing their position in fifth is enough to get into Europe (I suspect it will). Celtic are, of course, closer to third than first so they still need to win games. I think Motherwell will get a draw though.

Wednesday

Dundee United v Rangers

Rangers edge ever closer to the title in a league they have totally dominated. United have given them as much as trouble as anyone else and there is, at least before Sunday's semi final, a confidence at Tannadice that is unusual for any of the non Old Firm sides. This could be a rather tasty affair. And I'm backing a home win. So there.

Where we stand: I am now willing to concede that this SPL prediction tracking experiment that seemed like a good idea in August has actually left me looking a tad foolish. 59 out of 141 is the stuff of nightmares. A success ratio that is some 10% worse than Tony Mowbray's at Celtic. I may not continue with this next season.