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Nic Ladds 7th May 2009 - 16:04

SPL Opta Facts: 7-10 May

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SPL Opta Facts 7-10 May 2009

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Dundee Utd v Aberdeen

  • United have won their last four matches when hosting Aberdeen at Tannadice.
  • Fran Sandaza has opened the scoring in all three matches between the sides this season.
  • United have drawn four of their last five SPL matches at Tannadice, losing the other 1-0.
  • The Dons are without a win on the road in the SPL in six, losing three of these.
  • Three of Aberdeen’s four goals over their last six league games have been netted by Chris Maguire.
  • Aberdeen have not scored more than a single goal in an SPL game since February 21.
  • United have scored a greater proportion of their goals (67%) in the second half than any other SPL club this season.

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Hearts v Hibernian

  • Neither side has scored more than once in any of the last six SPL Edinburgh derbies.
  • Eight of the last nine goals in this fixture in the league have come in the first half – seven before the 23rd minute.
  • Hearts have managed just one win in their last six in the league, losing two.
  • Despite failing to score in four of their last six away matches in the SPL, the Jambos have scored in each of their last six at Tynecastle.
  • Csaba Lazslo’s men are unbeaten at home in the league since hosting Celtic at the beginning of November. In this period they have won seven of their 11 matches.
  • Hibernian have lost their last two league matches, however both of these were at home.
  • On the road, the Hibees are unbeaten in three in the SPL.
  • Only Falkirk (one win) have won fewer away matches in the SPL than Mixu Paatelainen’s side this season (four).

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Saturday, 9 May 2009

Kilmarnock v Falkirk

  • Killie have won the last league fixture between these two in a season for the last five campaigns in which they have played together.
  • None of the last seven meetings between the two sides in all competitions at Rugby Park have ended in stalemate.
  • Falkirk are without a win in 11 away games in the SPL – longer than any other side.
  • Carl Finnigan’s opener last week was the Bairns’ first goal in 377 minutes of league football.
  • John Hughes’ men have won only one away game all season, fewer than any other team.
  • Killie have won just once in 15 league fixtures, although this did come last time out at home – 3-0 against Falkirk!
  • Falkirk have thrown away more points from winning positions than any other top-flight team, 20.

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Rangers v Celtic

  • Celtic have won both of their trips to Ibrox this season – once in the League Cup (2-0) and once in the league (1-0).
  • The Hoops have only once in the last 26 seasons done a league double over Rangers at Ibrox.
  • The scores have been level at halftime between these two teams in each of the last five matches (all competitions), though only one has ended in a draw.
  • Andrius Velicka has scored in his last four matches with Rangers in all competitions.
  • Kris Boyd has scored four in his last four matches with Rangers in all competitions.
  • Celtic are unbeaten in six matches on the road in the SPL.
  • Rangers have won their last five league matches on the trot.
  • Rangers' last six losses at Ibrox since 2005 (including two against Celtic) in the league have been by a score of 1-0.
  • Celtic and Rangers have both kept a league-high 15 clean sheets this season.
  • Rangers have gained 17 points from a losing position this season, more than any other side and six more than the Bhoys.

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St Mirren v Motherwell

  • Motherwell have only managed one win over St Mirren in their last seven meetings in all competitions.
  • The Buddies have failed to score on three of the last four occasions on which they have hosted the Steelmen in the league.
  • Both sides have scored in St Mirren’s last six matches at St Mirren Park in the league, though Gus MacPherson’s men are without a win in this period.
  • Motherwell have lost their last three matches in the SPL on the trot.
  • Hamilton are the only side to have lost more often on the road (11 times) in the SPL this season than the Steelmen (10 times).
  • St Mirren have only conceded 17 goals at home in the league this season, the same number as third-placed Hearts.
  • However no side has scored as few (13) goals on their own turf as the Buddies.
  • St Mirren have also drawn more home matches than any other side in the SPL this season.

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Sunday, 10 May 2009

Inverness CT v Hamilton

  • The three league meetings between the sides this season have seen two Accies wins and one draw, but only four goals.
  • Only Rangers and Celtic have won more points from their last three SPL matches than Inverness (10).
  • After taking just one point from six league matches, Hamilton have taken four from their last two.
  • Inverness have lost just once at home in their last six in the league, winning three.
  • Prior to this streak, Caley Thistle had managed just one home win all season.
  • Hamilton have failed to score in 14 SPL games this season, more than any other team.
  • If the SPL had started when Terry Butcher took over Inverness on 27th January, Caley Thistle would be third in the league – two points clear of Hearts.

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