Saturday, May 07, 2011

SPL Today: Hamilton Hang On

Aberdeen v St Johnstone

Rumours that Aberdeen had buggered off on an early summer holiday proved to be exaggerated in last week's win over Inverness. A little northern light in a bleak end to the season.

And St Johnstone scored at Easter Road. Not once but twice. In a win. Winning football games is relatively simple when you score more than the opposition. If St Johnstone had managed to do it more regularly they wouldn't be slumming it in the SPL bottom six, the Scout jumble sale of Scottish football.

A return to normal service today? I think so. A low scoring - could be no scoring - draw.

Dundee Utd v Motherwell

Tasked last weekend with having their say in the title race Dundee United and Motherwell both received a gubbing.

So that probably wasn't how they planned it.

A chance to get back on track today. Motherwell have enjoyed a bit of form over United in the last few weeks.

And United need a win today to keep a bit of pressure up on Hearts in third place.

Who'll react better to last weekend's sobering thumpings?

If Motherwell don't fall into the understandable trap of treading water until the cup final then this could be a decent game.

I'll back the home win.

Hamilton v Hibernian

About to zip the body bag, an attentive attendant noticed a slight pulse. And so, for the time being, Hamilton have been spared.

Little room for error though. Three wins could save them. Two wins and a draw could save them. But it's really out of their hands.

What they really need is a home game against a side who look to have given up on this season.

So they'll extend a warm welcome to Hibs who have managed in a solitary point in their last three games. All those games at home, all against teams below them in the league.

In a rare burst of optimism I'd say Hibs were favourites here. But I suspect Hamilton's fight and spirit won't be matched by their opponents.

That could make the difference.

Draw.

Inverness CT v St Mirren

An away win and St Mirren are home and dry in the SPL relegation battle. Even a point could do it.

Inverness were abject in losing to Aberdeen and euphoric in beating Celtic. How will they react today?

Home win.