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Simon Gott 31st Jul 2013 - 11:59

Scottish Premiership Opta Facts - August 2nd

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Partick Thistle v Dundee United

  • Partick Thistle have started both of their previous two SPL campaigns with a draw, including a goalless draw with Dundee United in their first ever SPL game back in August 2002.
  • The Jags have never beaten Dundee United in the SPL, though five of their seven previous clashes have ended level (two defeats).
  • The Terrors have kept five clean sheets in seven SPL games against Partick, conceding just once in each of the other two games.
  • United have opened up an SPL campaign on the road five times previously, failing to win any of those games (D3 L2).
  • Terrors manager Jackie McNamara left Partick Thistle second in the Division One table in January 2012 to move to Tannadice. McNamara won 26 of 61 first division games in charge of the Jags.
  • Partick finished the 2012/13 season with an 18 game unbeaten run in Division One, winning 13 of these games.

Aberdeen v Kilmarnock

  • Kilmarnock have only conceded one goal in total in their last three trips to Pittodrie (W1 D1 L1).
  • Overall, the Dons have won just three of their last 13 league games against Kilmarnock, drawing four and losing six.
  • Aberdeen have won just one of their last 10 opening SPL fixtures (D4 L5) and have failed to score in four of their last six.
  • Only Celtic (32) and Motherwell (30) won more points on the road than Kilmarnock (26) in the 2012/13 SPL, though only relegated Dundee won fewer points at home than Killie.
  • Allan Johnston's side lost five of their last six league games last term, with their only victory in that run coming at relegated Dundee.
  • Excluding a 3-4 defeat to Celtic in March, Aberdeen conceded just five goals in their last 12 SPL games of last season.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v St Mirren

  • Inverness and St Mirren met on the opening day of the 2012/13 season, drawing 2-2 at St Mirren Park.
  • The Buddies have lost two and won none of their last four trips to Inverness in the SPL (D2).
  • St Mirren mustered just three away wins all season last term; only Hearts (two) had a worse record on the road.
  • On all three previous occasions Inverness have played their opening SPL game on home soil, Caley have lost, including a 1-2 reverse against St Mirren in July 2006.
  • St Mirren, meanwhile, have only won one of their eight previous opening SPL fixture, but that was against Inverness in 2006.
  • St Mirren have only managed one clean sheet in their last 11 away league games.

St Johnstone v Hearts

  • This is the fourth time in just nine SPL seasons that St Johnstone have met Hearts on the opening day. The Saints have drawn one and lost two of the previous three.
  • Indeed, St Johnstone have never won an SPL curtain raiser, taking just three points from 24 available on the opening day.
  • Hearts are unbeaten in four SPL games against St Johnstone (W3 D1), with all three victories in this run finishing 2-0.
  • No side won fewer points on the road in the SPL last season than Hearts (14 from 19 games).
  • Only champions Celtic, meanwhile, won more home points than St Johnstone (34) last term.
  • Indeed, the Saints ended the 2012/13 campaign on an 11 game unbeaten run at McDiarmid Park (W6 D5).

Celtic v Ross County

  • Celtic had the best home record in the SPL last season, claiming 47 points from 19 games at Celtic Park.
  • Celtic and Ross County had an even record in the SPL last term (one win each and two draws), the first time they had ever met in the league.
  • There were just three goals scored in Ross County's first six SPL games combined (both for and against) last season, with the Staggies starting their first ever top-flight campaign with two successive 0-0 draws.
  • Celtic have won 12 and lost none (D3) of their 15 previous opening SPL fixtures, winning the last five in a row.
  • When they have started their campaign at Parkhead, the Bhoys have won seven and drawn one of eight previous games, scoring 18 and conceding just two.
  • Neil Lennon's side won their last 12 home league games last season, averaging 3.75 goals per game in this run.

Hibernian v Motherwell

  • Motherwell won 30 points on the road last season; only champions Celtic won more (32).
  • There were 14 goals scored in three meetings between Hibernian and Motherwell last season.
  • Motherwell have only won two of their last 14 opening day fixtures, drawing four and losing eight.
  • The Hibees have started the season at Easter Road eight times before and have only won once (D4 L3), beating St Mirren 2-1 in August 2009.
  • Hibs won three successive games at the end of the 2012/13 season, their longest winning streak since March 2011 (five wins in a row).
  • Motherwell scored at least twice in seven of their last eight league games last season (20 in total), although they did lose 0-2 at St Johnstone on the final day of the campaign.

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