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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Jul 2011 - 19:46

SPL Opta Facts - July 30-31

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.

St Johnstone v Rangers

  • The Gers have won nine of the last 10 league meetings between the two sides.
  • St Johnstone have won just one of their last five league matches at home to Rangers, losing four.
  • Only once have the Teddy Bears failed to score against the Saints in the SPL, in a 0-0 draw in March 2000.
  • Rangers' defender Sasa Papac has scored four of his six league goals against St Johnstone.
  • Steven Naismith's goal against Hearts last weekend was the third consecutive season he has scored on the opening day for Rangers.
  • St Johnstone go into the game on the back of a five-match league unbeaten run in which they have won three and drawn two.
  • Since the SPL's inauguration in the 1998-99 season, St Johnstone have never recorded a win in their opening two fixtures.
  • Rangers have never failed to win both of their opening two games in the SPL.
  • St Johnstone conceded 33% of goals in the last fifteen minutes of games last season, a higher percentage than any other SPL side.

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Inverness CT v Hibernian

  • Inverness striker Richie Foran has scored three goals in his last four games against Hibs.
  • Inverness have lost just once in their last seven games against Hibs.
  • Hibernian have won on none of their last nine trips to Inverness in the league, losing on seven of these.
  • Hibs have failed to score in seven of their last nine SPL games at Inverness.
  • Inverness have not lost at home in five league games, winning four.
  • Hibernian have now lost five Scottish Premier League matches in a row.
  • Hibs conceded 61 goals in the league last season, more than any other team in the SPL.

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Kilmarnock v Motherwell

  • This is the third season running when Killie and Motherwell have met on the second matchday of the season: the Steelmen have won the previous two clashes.
  • Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with Motherwell.
  • Kilmarnock have not won an SPL game in nine attempts since beating Motherwell in March.
  • Motherwell have won just one of their last 14 SPL matches on the road.
  • If Motherwell beat Kilmarnock it will be the first time since the 2007-08 season that they have won their opening two league games.
  • Kilmarnock have not won at home for five league games, conceding 14 goals in this period.
  • Motherwell's strikers contributed 70% of their overall goals in the league last season, a higher percentage than any other SPL strike forces.
  • Killie have failed to score in the first half of their last seven SPL games.

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St Mirren v Aberdeen

  • The two sides have not drawn in their last eight league meetings.
  • Aberdeen have only failed to score once in their last eight meetings with St Mirren in all competitions.
  • Aberdeen have lost on three of their last three SPL trips to St Mirren.
  • St Mirren have scored just once in their last five SPL games.
  • The Buddies' top scorer last season, Michael Higdon, committed more fouls than any other SPL player last season - being penalised on 74 occasions.
  • The Dons have won just one of their last six league away games, losing three and drawing three.
  • Aberdeen scored more own goals in the league last season more than any other side with four.

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Hearts v Dundee United

  • The Jambos have won just one of the last eight meetings between the two sides.
  • Dundee United have not won at Tynecastle in their last seven attempts.
  • The Terrors have scored just two goals in their last seven league matches at Tynecastle.
  • The last time Hearts drew their opening two fixtures was in the 2000-01 season.
  • Hearts have won only one of their last 13 SPL matches.
  • Hearts have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven SPL games.
  • Dundee United have drawn just one of their last 15 league fixtures.
  • United have lost their last three league matches on the road.

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