Friday, October 22, 2010

The SPL Weekend

A few weeks since the last prediction post. Maybe the lay-off will have improved my performance. Although recent experience at the bookies would suggest not.

This weekend’s SPL feast boasts a relatively intriguing starter, a rather stodgy main course and then, with a suitable break to aid digestion, one of those showpiece desserts that always fascinate but often leave a bitter aftertaste.

Enough, though, of the contrived culinary claptrap.

Aberdeen v Hibs
Does John Hughes removal from Easter Road leave Mark McGhee the SPL’s most beleaguered boss? Nothing that a wee run of results couldn’t fix. Not easy though in a league where, Old Firm aside, everyone else is locked together in a muddle of mediocrity.

And what of Hibernian? A new man in the dugout. Again. A fresh boss promising to turn Hibs into the third force. Again.

A win at home last week will have boosted the confidence and Colin Calderwood will no doubt be leaning on last week’s caretakers Alistair Stevenson and Gareth Evans going into this one.

The outcome? Away win.

Hamilton v St Johnstone
Hamilton haven’t won at home this season, St Johnstone haven’t won away. Something to give tomorrow?

Nah, draw.

Hearts v St Mirren
The mystery of Hearts home form seems to be causing some scratching of heads at Tynecastle. So we can see the visit of St Mirren as a chance to put that record straight or as an opportunity for the bottom club to pick up points on the road.

Which will it be? A home win.

Kilmarnock v Inverness
Solid starts to the season for both these teams despite being relatively unfancied in August. But holding their own in the league within a league that has produced 10 contenders for Europe. Or ten relegation candidates.

I’m backing a home win though.

Motherwell v Dundee United
The SPL game of the day? Craig Brown’s predicting a “cracker” and apparently never gets fed up of seeing Peter Houston. Sweet.

So we want a goal laden thriller. And we’ll end up with a nil-nil. Hopefully not. A close one though.

Score draw.

Celtic v Rangers
Big game this. So I’ll return to it later.