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Stuart Dalgleish 4th Aug 2011 - 13:28

SPL Opta Facts - August 6-7

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

Dundee United v St Mirren

  • United were the only side to fail to beat St Mirren in the SPL last season.
  • St Mirren have scored exactly twice on their last three trips to Tannadice.
  • Despite this, the Saints have managed only one win in their last 12 league clashes with United.
  • Dundee United's last six goals against the Buddies have all come in the 79th minute or later.
  • The Terrors have scored in the 85th minute or later in eight of their last 11 league clashes with St Mirren.
  • United are the only side to have scored more than one goal from a set piece this season (one free kick, one corner).
  • St Mirren have never previously gone unbeaten in their opening three SPL games.
  • United have lost only one of their last 10 league games at home, winning eight.
  • St Mirren have scored only four goals in total in their last nine league games.

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Dunfermline v Inverness CT

  • Inverness are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Dunfermline (including second-tier).
  • Dunfermline have scored just once in their last four clashes with Caley Thistle combined.
  • In the SPL alone, the Pars have won just one of their 12 games against Inverness.
  • Dunfermline have never beaten Inverness at home in the SPL (four draws, two defeats).
  • Caley Thistle are the only side to have conceded in the last 15 minutes of SPL games this season (twice).
  • Inverness last lost all three of their opening SPL games in 2007/08.
  • No newly-promoted side has ever kept a clean sheet in both of their opening two games in the SPL.
  • Caley Thistle are the only side yet to pick up a point in the SPL this season.
  • Inverness have won only two of their last 13 league games on the road.

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Aberdeen v Celtic

  • Celtic have only been defeated on one of their last 16 league visits to Pittodrie.
  • The Dons have won only one of their last 25 meetings with Celtic in the top-flight, losing 22.
  • The Bhoys have scored at least three times on each of their last four trips to Aberdeen in the league.
  • There have been five red cards over the last five league meetings between these sides.
  • Both Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes bagged at least four goals against Aberdeen in the league last season.
  • The Hoops have netted 136 goals against Aberdeen in the SPL, 29 more than against any other side (Dundee United, 107).
  • Aberdeen last failed to score in their opening three SPL games in 2001/02.
  • Only twice before have Celtic lost their second SPL game of the season, though once was to Aberdeen in 1998/99.
  • Aberdeen have scored just one goal in their last seven SPL games at home combined.
  • Celtic have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league.

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Motherwell v Hearts

  • Motherwell have won three of their last four SPL matches at home to Hearts.
  • Only Dundee United (12 times) have lost more often at Motherwell in the SPL than Hearts (10).
  • The Jambos are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with the Steelmen.
  • John Sutton, who signed for Hearts from Motherwell in the summer, has scored five goals in the last six league meetings between these sides.
  • Both of the goals Hearts have conceded so far this season in the SPL have been headers.
  • Only once before have the Well gone unbeaten in their opening three SPL games (2009/10).
  • Motherwell have won only one of their last eight league matches.
  • Hearts are on a run of 10 SPL matches without a win, the last time they went as long without a victory was in March 1999.

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