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Week 37 of the super SPL fun predictions for the season 2020 -2021 fellow members.


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12 predictions left, can't see any changes in the table leading into the last 2 weeks of SPL fixtures, Harold seems assured of the accolade of best predictor for the season, but lots still to play for, will Rangers finish the season undefeated?, can the Sheep pip Hibs for 3rd place?, who will go down and who will end up in the play-off spot?.

A full fixture of games on Wednesday 12th of May.

Predictions in for Wednesday 12th of May 17h45.

Wednesday 12th May

    Dundee United                                                          18:00                                           Motherwell
    Livingston                                                                  18:00                                           Rangers
    Celtic                                                                         18:30                                           St Johnstone
    Aberdeen                                                                  19:45                                           Hibernian
    Kilmarnock                                                                19:45                                           St Mirren
    Ross County                                                              19:45                                          Hamilton Academical


A reminder of the standings after week 36

Dug               117
Bastion         111
Boro Boy      106
Mak              099
SP                091

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 36

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table

 

 

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Wednesday 12th May

    Dundee United                                                          18:00                                           Motherwell......................1
    Livingston                                                                  18:00                                           Rangers...........................2
    Celtic                                                                         18:30                                           St Johnstone....................1
    Aberdeen                                                                  19:45                                           Hibernian...........................1
    Kilmarnock                                                                19:45                                           St Mirren............................1
    Ross County                                                              19:45                                          Hamilton Academical........1

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On 07/05/2021 at 20:02, sployal said:

12 predictions left, can't see any changes in the table leading into the last 2 weeks of SPL fixtures, Harold seems assured of the accolade of best predictor for the season, but lots still to play for, will Rangers finish the season undefeated?, can the Sheep pip Hibs for 3rd place?, who will go down and who will end up in the play-off spot?.

A full fixture of games on Wednesday 12th of May.

Predictions in for Wednesday 12th of May 17h45.

Wednesday 12th May

    Dundee United                                                          18:00                                           Motherwell 1
    Livingston                                                                  18:00                                           Rangers 2
    Celtic                                                                         18:30                                           St Johnstone 1
    Aberdeen                                                                  19:45                                           Hibernian 1
    Kilmarnock                                                                19:45                                           St Mirren 1
    Ross County                                                              19:45                                          Hamilton Academical 1


A reminder of the standings after week 36

Dug               117
Bastion         111
Boro Boy      106
Mak              099
SP                091

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 36

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table

 

 

 

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Wednesday 12th May

    Dundee United                                                          18:00                                           Motherwell......................1
    Livingston                                                                  18:00                                           Rangers...........................2
    Celtic                                                                         18:30                                           St Johnstone....................X
    Aberdeen                                                                  19:45                                           Hibernian...........................1
    Kilmarnock                                                                19:45                                           St Mirren............................2
    Ross County                                                              19:45                                          Hamilton Academical........1

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26 minutes ago, sployal said:

Wednesday 12th May

    Dundee United                                                          18:00                                           Motherwell......................1
    Livingston                                                                  18:00                                           Rangers...........................2
    Celtic                                                                         18:30                                           St Johnstone....................X
    Aberdeen                                                                  19:45                                           Hibernian...........................1
    Kilmarnock                                                                19:45                                           St Mirren............................2
    Ross County                                                              19:45                                          Hamilton Academical........1

Good to see ye back matie....🤣

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   Dundee United                                                          18:00                                           Motherwell......................x
    Livingston                                                                  18:00                                           Rangers...........................x
    Celtic                                                                         18:30                                           St Johnstone....................x
    Aberdeen                                                                  19:45                                           Hibernian...........................2
    Kilmarnock                                                                19:45                                           St Mirren............................1
    Ross County                                                              19:45                                          Hamilton Academical........1

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Dundee United       18:00       Motherwell  1


Livingston           18:00             Rangers.   2


Celtic                  18:30       St Johnstone.  

Aberdeen          19:45            Hibernian x


Kilmarnock         19:45          St Mirren 1

 

Ross County          19:45        Hamilton x

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2 minutes ago, Makdee said:

Dundee United       18:00       Motherwell  1


Livingston           18:00             Rangers.   2


Celtic                  18:30       St Johnstone.  

Aberdeen          19:45            Hibernian x


Kilmarnock         19:45          St Mirren 1

 

Ross County          19:45        Hamilton x

Mak, what's your prediction for the tims game?

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1 minute ago, Harold said:

think he'd have went for the tims mate.....no probs if you want to include that in the tallying up (just my opinion)

Was going to take it as a tims win, the game is at home and Mak except when playing Rangers gives them as a win.

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Results for week 37 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Wednesday 12th May

    Dundee United                                             18:00                                    Motherwell                                       X
    Livingston                                                     18:00                                    Rangers                                            2
    Celtic                                                             18:30                                    St Johnstone                                   1
    Aberdeen                                                      19:45                                    Hibernian                                         2
    Kilmarnock                                                    19:45                                    St Mirren                                          X
    Ross County                                                 19:45                                    Hamilton Academical                      1

Results of week 37 by participants

SP 2 out of 6
Dug 3 out of 6
Bastion 3 out of 6
Mak 2 out of 6
Boro Boy 3 out of 6

The standings after week 37

Dug               120
Bastion         114
Boro Boy       109
Mak               101
 SP                093

Dug still with a 6 point lead over Bastion, BB now 8 points in 3rd place above Mak who reaches the mythic Century mark, SP with no chance of the Century with only 6 predictions left.

A few afters

Full time D Utd Motherwell 2 - 2

Dundee United are in a good position to "organically develop" their young players, says manager Micky Mellon, after strong performances from teenagers Kerr Smith and Archie Meekison.

Devante Cole scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Motherwell came from two goals down to draw at Tannadice.

Lawrence Shankland and 19-year-old debutant Meekison put United two ahead, but the visitors mounted a comeback in the second half through Chris Long and Cole.

The dramatic ending means Motherwell stay seventh and United stay ninth, but despite conceding a late equaliser, Mellon was impressed with his side's performance.

"It gives us lots to think about going forward," he told BBC Sportsound.

"My job was to come here, steady the ship, and bring young players on. The fancy word is to organically develop our team - we can't pay lots of money for players, we have to develop our own.

"The football club is now set up to try to bring players through from the academy, to make them into a first team group here. The important thing is Dundee United still win games of football, while bringing on these players - that's what we'll try to achieve."

The hosts made a raft of changes to the side that lost to Hibernian at Hampden on Saturday - with youngsters Meekison and Kerr Smith getting a chance to impress - but Shankland quickly justified retaining his place.

He flicked the ball up beautifully to set up an early opportunity, but his volley was blocked by Liam Kelly's legs.

Just five minutes later, though, he came up with a moment of magic to put United ahead, diverting a Logan Chalmers ball into the net with a glancing header.

The Scotland striker spurned a golden chance to double the lead just seven minutes later, though. Louis Appere nicked the ball past a wild kick from Tyler Magloire to win a penalty, but Shankland blasted his attempt wide.

It seemed like it would matter not, as Chalmers neatly cut back to 19-year-old Meekison for him to curl into the bottom left-hand corner for his first United goal.

Despite a dominant performance, the visitors were given a lifeline when Long's twists and turns in the box allowed him to find space and pull one back for Motherwell.

The English striker then had another chance before being ruled offside, while Jake Hastie's late strike was closed down well by debutant goalkeeper Ross Doohan to keep United ahead.

But the pressure would eventually tell - Cole converted with a lovely finish, as he watched the ball all the way before allowing his body to fall and guide the close-range volley into the net.

Despite a spirited performance in response to the weekend's Scottish Cup disappointment, Micky Mellon will be disappointed that his side could not hold on to leapfrog their opponents into seventh place in the league table.

Man of the match - Logan Chalmers

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United had many candidates from a lively first half performance, particularly the youngsters coming in, but Chalmers was a nuisance down the right, with two assists to show for his efforts.

What did they say?

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"There were some really good performances from the young players - it gives us lots to think about going forward.
"The important thing is Dundee United still win games of football, while bringing on these players. That's what we'll try to achieve going forward."

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"From being 2-0 down, I think a point is the least we deserved. In the second half we pushed it and dominated the play.
"On another day we could have got the third because we certainly had the opportunity to do it. Every point is important and every position is important, so we haven't took our foot off the pedal."

What's next?

Motherwell will finish their season at home to Ross County on Sunday (12:00 BST), with Dundee United at St Mirren at the same time.
 

Full time Livvy Rangers 0 - 3

Steven Gerrard has urged his Rangers players to "leave a legacy" by completing an unbeaten league season.

The Scottish Premiership champions host Aberdeen in Saturday's closing fixture after beating Livingston 3-0.

James Tavernier's penalty was followed by strikes by Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi as Rangers recorded a 25th clean sheet in the league and reached 99 points.

"Rangers have never hit 100 points plus, which is a big motivation for us," said Gerrard.

"They have got the clean sheet record now. The boys have got an opportunity not just to be champions but to leave a legacy from the season."

Rangers, who set a new Scottish record of shut-outs in a 38-game season, will receive the Premiership trophy after Saturday's home match with Aberdeen.

Livingston remain in contention to jump above their next opponents St Johnstone into fifth place, with the sides level on points and Saints two goals better off.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas troubled Rangers in the early stages, creating space for Josh Mullin to force a save from Jon McLaughlin.

Hagi and Kent flashed shots wide of the Livingston goal before the first half's most contentious moment.

Kemar Roofe flicked the ball through for Hagi in behind the Livingston defence and the Romanian played the ball before he and Stryjek collided. Referee Don Robertson regarded it as a foul, despite protests that Hagi had knocked the ball wide.

Tavernier, having missed his past three penalties, stepped up and converted to the goalkeeper's right - his 19th goal this season.

And the club captain was involved in the second goal, his ball over the top finding Kent. The winger tried to lay off for Morelos but forced the striker wide then received the return pass to finish.

Livingston were inches away from halving their deficit on two occasions. Pittman's volley rattled the bar and Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin forced the ball clear under pressure from the chasing pack.

Then substitute Kabia was presented with their best chance after Nicky Devlin's deflected cross, the forward only able to hit the outside of the left-hand post.

Joe Aribo tested Stryjek moments later and Kabia was off target when he latched on to another Devlin delivery at the other end.

Rangers completed the scoring with a swift move on the left, Roofe's replacement Cedric Itten squaring for Hagi to apply a ruthless finish.

Man of the match - James Tavernier

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Tavernier showed character after recent misses from the spot and his all round performance was strong.

What did we learn?

Livingston's mid-season 14-match unbeaten run has been the catalyst for their top-half finish but they have won just once since that sequence ended in early February.

Emmanuel-Thomas is a commanding presence in attack, but needs more support from wide areas if Livingston are to finish the season on a high.

Amid injuries and suspensions, Rangers listed only six substitutes and midfielder Aribo played in an unfamiliar left-back role.

He looked far from out of place but there was a deliberate ploy from the visitors to attack on the other side with Tavernier, Kent and Hagi - a tactic that stretched the hosts.

What did they say?

Livingston manager David Martindale:
"Wee bit disappointed. I'm quite happy with the performance in spells in the game. Rangers were far more clinical in our box.
"We had more than enough chances to take something from the game. We've hit the bar, we've hit the post, we've also had another chance."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
"Tonight we get the clean sheet record and Saturday gives us the opportunity to go break 100 points, which will round off an incredible league campaign.
"Our record at home has been ever so strong - we just need to go and do the final piece now."

What's next?

Rangers complete their campaign against Aberdeen on Saturday (12:30 BST) while Livingston play their last game of the season away to St Johnstone on Saturday (12:30).


Full time tims St Johnstone 4 - 0 no match report


Full time Sheep Hibs 0 - 1

Jack Ross says his Hibernian players can't make third place a "one-off" after securing the position in the Scottish Premiership against Aberdeen.

Christian Doidge's half-volley was enough to seal third for the first time since 2004-05.

Hibs host Celtic in their final game of the season before the Scottish Cup final against St Johnstone.

"The group should take a lot of pride in what they have achieved," the Hibernian head coach said.

"We are in the cup final now too. It's a benchmark for us and where we want to be. This season has been a good start for us.

"The challenge is to make sure it isn't a one-off. The focus will now turn to that. We will have our break and then come back to league action. The players have set the bar high. We should be aiming to do that."

Aberdeen had started strongly. A goalmouth scramble led to Lewis Ferguson working Hibs goalkeeper Matt Macey with a close-range effort as the host won a succession of corners and free-kicks as they sought an early goal.

But it was Hibs - with their first clear chance - who opened the scoring through Doidge. A long ball from Darren McGregor was helped into the path of the Welsh striker, who gracefully hit his half-volley from outside the box into the net.

Aberdeen were left to rue missed opportunities. Hendry fired well over after a great move prior to Doidge's opener and Florian Kamberi created a chance for Connor McLennan soon after, but he could not make contact with the ball.

Jackson Irvine should have made it 2-0 after the interval when he was given the freedom of the six-yard box, but the Australian could only shoot over the bar.

Aberdeen were creating plenty of chances with well-worked moves but, similar to when they managed just three goals in 12 games earlier this year, they were unable to convert that pressure. The closest they came was when Ryan Hedges found the side-netting.

Hibs started to make changes, Kevin Nisbet and Josh Doig given a rest, and there was some concern for Melker Hallberg, who was substituted after taking a bang on the knee.

Another chance was missed by Irvine as Hibs ran down the clock and Dylan McGeouch appeared to handle inside the box from a shot by Jamie Murphy, while a club record 11th away win of the season was complete when Niall McGinn sent a late header wide.

Man of the match - Darren McGregor

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The defender played a part in Hibs' goal and defended stoutly at the back.

What they said

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass:
"I am a little bit frustrated. The performance was right up there. I think the threat they carried looked like a team that were doing what we asked them to do.
"We are going to try and do our business next season to get to where we want to be. The reason for me arriving in April was to evaluate. A lot of decisions have to be made on players. We will certainly add quality and the future looks bright."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"This achievement should not be downplayed. It's the first time since 2005 we have finished in that position. It's only the fifth time in my lifetime.
"We need to be a club that comes to venues like this and wins. That's what I want to do with Hibs. Coming here and winning to finish third feels fitting."

What's next

Both teams finish their campaigns at 12:30 BST this Saturday. Aberdeen travel to Rangers, while Hibs host Celtic.


Full time Killie Buddies 3 - 3

Kilmarnock's mentality for their crucial final game does not change - says manager Tommy Wright - despite a dramatic draw at St Mirren taking their Scottish Premiership play-off fate out of their hands.

Kyle Lafferty netted twice, before Jamie McGrath pulled a goal back for St Mirren to set up a tense finish.

Cammy MacPherson then thumped them level with 12 minutes left, and Collin Quaner made it 3-3 almost instantly after Greg Kiltie had smashed Kilmarnock back in front.

Tommy Wright's side had further chances to edge ahead and, despite failing to do so, are all but safe from bottom spot due to Hamilton Academical's defeat by Ross County.

Kilmarnock are three points clear of bottom side Accies, who they face in Sunday's final game of the season, but would have to lose by nine goals to go down automatically given their superior goal difference.

However, their collapse means their play-off fate is out of their control, as a draw for County at Motherwell will secure them 10th spot and guaranteed top-flight status.

"I don't think it changes our mentality - we would have been going to Hamilton to win," Wright said.

"The position we were in before tonight's game [meant] we needed to rely on somebody to do us a favour. We just hope Motherwell can beat Ross County and we can go to Hamilton and win.

"If that fails. We'll be more than confident in terms of the way we're playing going forward going into any play-off game."

St Mirren, meanwhile, only have seventh place to play for on the final day of the season as they remain in eighth spot, well clear of relegation trouble.

It was an incredibly dramatic finale, with goals flying in in the final quarter in Dingwall, and at Rugby Park.

Lafferty's continued talismanic impact since joining in February looked set to ensure the Ayrshire outfit were in control of their own destiny, as he swept home from a well-worked corner early in the first half, before slipping his marker to head home and double the lead after the break.

But St Mirren were a constant threat throughout and ensured the game was always stretched, with McGrath sliding in at the second attempt just a minute after Lafferty's second, to make sure that Kilmarnock would not have a comfortable night.

That was made clear on 78 minutes when MacPherson - who made a superb impact from the bench - thumped a swerving shot high into the net from 25 yards to set the game alight.

To their credit, Kilmarnock did not wilt in an attacking sense, as Kiltie produced a similarly stunning finish on the volley to haul them back in front with nine minutes to play.

But their defensive frailties have been a common theme in recent weeks, despite a much-improved attacking threat.

And Quaner was left with the easiest of tasks to tap home from a yard out after yet another delivery was allowed to come across the Kilmarnock goal.

Mitch Pinnock, Chris Burke, and Lafferty all had brilliant chances to win the match for Kilmarnock, but instead they will be left ruing their late defensive collapse.

From having their fate firmly under their own control at numerous stages in the match, they are now relying on Motherwell to beat County on Sunday to avoid a play-off with Dundee or Raith Rovers.

Man of the match - Kyle Lafferty

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Lafferty's movement, and finishing were once again superb as he notched his 11th and 12th goals since joining Kilmarnock in February.

What they said

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
"Pleased with the quality of the play, and the attitude of the players but slightly disappointed with the naivety conceding two similar goals after we've scored.
"We've come away again from a game where we should've had all three points. We do know we can defend better."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"I enjoyed some of our attacking play throughout the game. Were were very good on the front foot and caused Killie a number of problems.
"But the same can be said at the other end - Kilmarnock caused us a number of problems as well."

What next?

Kilmarnock's attention now turns to the game at Hamilton on Sunday (12:00 BST), where even a victory might not be enough to avoid the play-off. St Mirren finish their campaign at home to Dundee United at the same time.

 

Full time County Accies 2 - 1

Hamilton Academical's seven-year Scottish Premiership stay is all but over after they lost to Ross County.

Kilmarnock's draw with St Mirren means Hamilton can still catch the Ayrshire side, but they need a nine-goal win when the sides meet on Sunday.

Hamilton led in Dingwall through Scott McMann but were pegged back almost instantly by Blair Spittal.

And Charlie Lakin's strike condemned them to defeat and means County need a point to avoid the play-off place.

The game was always going to be feisty. Two minutes played and Accies' Aaron Martin and County's Stephen Kelly had already picked up cautions. Ross Callachan soon followed for the visitors.

Chances were not quite as frequent. No shots at goal, never mind on target, in the opening 25 minutes. But out of nowhere arrived two goals in two minutes.

McMann won a free-kick on the edge of the box, stepped up, and drove it low into the net to give the visitors the lead.

Then Jordan White held the ball up and laid it into the path of Spittal, who placed it beyond the grasp of Hamilton goalkeeper Kyle Gourlay to level.

Now the game was well and truly alive. Callachan snatched the ball off a sleeping Michael Gardyne in midfield and cracked a shot off the left-hand post.

And the visitors continued to be the better of the two teams, but at the break they were being held when the three points were what they craved.

County started the second half with more attacking intent. White and Gardyne both sent shots wide and Kelly volleyed over.

But Hamilton's Lee Hodson should have done better with a back-post header that flew over the bar, while Callachan also put a Hodson cross off target.

And Accies were beginning to grow as a force again, winning a series of corners. But as they struggled to get the ball over the line, County made no mistake at the other end.

Lakin collected the ball on the left, and as the covering defender stood off him he was able to rifle a low shot into the bottom far corner.

Hamilton kept the County box busy with delivery after delivery from all angles, but the hosts repelled everything that was thrown at them.

And they could and should have killed the game off. Harry Paton broke on the left but hit the side netting, while Iain Vigurs put a late free-kick over the bar.

Man of the match - Jordan White

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White assisted both County goals, and was a handful for the Hamilton defence.

What did they say?

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"I felt Hamilton were the better team for long periods of the game. But to go a goal down, stick in, trust each other and dig it out I'm absolutely delighted for them.
"Hamilton have been different class in the Premiership for a number of years, they've got something about them and if I could get that spirit and never say die attitude here on a more regular basis I would take that."

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
"I thought we played very, very well. We just couldn't get over the line. Disappointed is an understatement, we're absolutely devastated. But the players gave it everything they had and you saw a team playing exceptionally well, but it just wasn't enough.
"I told them to be brave and they were brave. Everyone in that dressing room is on their knees because they know what they put into the game. To not even draw the game is disappointing but to lose it, that's just football."

What's next?

Both teams complete their season at 12:00 BST on Sunday. Hamilton host Kilmarnock, while County are away to Motherwell.

And the SPL table after week 37

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table

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