Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tonight's SPL action

After last night’s phoney war, and Lee McCulloch should be taking a bow for managing to get a red card in the last minute of one of his club’s most meaningless games of the season, there’s more tangible rewards on offer in the SPL tonight.

Relegation won’t be decided tonight but Falkirk and Kilmarnock will be out to get a win before Saturday’s head to head. Motherwell can guarantee fourth spot with a win over Hibs, while Hearts can get level with Hibs in the race for fifth.

Interesting times.

Top Six:

If Motherwell win they finish in fourth place. If Hibs win and Hearts fail to win, Hearts cannot finish higher than sixth.

Hearts v Dundee United: Hearts will have enjoyed their win over Hibs but they really need to win both their remaining games to guarantee Europe. With a cup final in mind, are the United players holding something back or fighting for their places? The first half against Rangers suggested the former, the second half pointed towards the latter. I think they’ll do enough for at least a draw tonight.

Motherwell v Hibs: Hibs lurch from defeat to defeat, looking more like a collection of punch drunk strangers than a cohesive football team. But still they are only a point behind Motherwell who seem to have snuck into third place without replicating the form they showed earlier in the year. The stakes are high for this one and you have to back Craig Brown to get more of response from his team than John Hughes. Home win.

Bottom Six:

Aberdeen v Kilmarnock: Kilmarnock will take hope from Hamilton’s humiliation of the Dons at the weekend. Mark McGhee will demand improvement. Will he get it? I can’t see the homeside capitulating like they did on Saturday. Draw.

Falkirk v St Johnstone: Having squandered home advantage against St Mirren on Saturday Falkirk could really do with producing something here before they travel to Ayrshire. It won’t be easy. Away win.

Hamilton v St Mirren: ESPN have really picked their televised game well tonight! Both teams are safe, there are more important games going on elsewhere. Home win.

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