Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The SPL's Wednesday Wonders

A famous five today, St Johnstone's clash with Rangers having already lost out to the weather. Hamilton have a pitch inspection scheduled for this morning. If New Douglas Park isn't fit to stage the match then the Accies will not have played a match this month.

Hamilton v Aberdeen
If this one goes ahead then it will be the only professional match in Britain kicking off this afternoon. This might be brave scheduling or foolhardy. Unfortunately temperature might have more to do with the size of the crowd than outside the box thinking from Hamilton. We'll see.

Mr Kipling's mince pies weren't even on the shelves of your local Co-op the last time Hamilton played while Aberdeen enjoyed a winning start to the Craig Brown era against Hibs on Sunday. That result sent Hamilton to the foot of the table. More misery today? I suspect their recent inactivity will count against them. Away win.

Celtic v Motherwell
Celtic's fifth home game in a row. Six points from the last four is not a great return but Sunday's late show against St Johnstone at least points to a certain spirit in the squad.

Motherwell have played only twice since Craig Brown's departure, a spirited showing as they lost to Hearts and a capitulation to Rangers at the weekend. It's been a December to forget at Fir Park. They might have another 90 minutes of suffering before they can move on though. Home win.

Hibs v Dundee United
Apparently Dundee United used to play football games. And Hibs used to be a football team. Having not played since 20 November, United will be worried about being caught cold this evening while Hibs look capable of being caught cold no matter how many games they play.

Looking at United's lack of games, I'll tentatively back the draw. For some reason this game kicks off at 7.15 this evening.

Inverness v Kilmarnock
Given their excellent 2010 Inverness will be smarting a bit after Sunday's defeat to St Mirren. Bit of a shock that one. And Kilmarnock are hardly the team you'd pick for an easy match to bid farewell to the old year.

A clash of two of this season's success stories, hopefully this one will warm a cold Highland evening. Draw.

St Mirren v Hearts
An away win at Inverness was the perfect Christmas result for St Mirren but they need a run of wins to get clear of the messy business at the foot of the table.

Tough test this evening though against a Hearts team undefeated since their Halloween horror show at home to Kilmarnock. Jim Jefferies will be looking for a win going into the Ne'er Day derby. Away win.

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