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Six games on Wednesday 30th december, predictions in for 14h45

Wednesday 30th December

    Celtic                                        15:00                                   Dundee United
    St Johnstone                           15:00                                   Hamilton Academical
    St Mirren                                  15:00                                   Rangers
    Livingston                                16:00                                   Aberdeen
    Hibernian                                 18:00                                   Ross County
    Motherwell                              18:15                                    Kilmarnock

A reminder of the standings after week 20

Dug              067
Bastion        063
Mak             060
Hairy           059
Boro Boy     058
SP                048
Winston       030

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 20

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

 

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Celtic                                        15:00                                   Dundee United                            1
    St Johnstone                           15:00                                   Hamilton Academical            1
    St Mirren                                  15:00                                   Rangers                                   2
    Livingston                                16:00                                   Aberdeen                                  x
    Hibernian                                 18:00                                   Ross County                            x
    Motherwell                              18:15                                    Kilmarnock                             2

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    Celtic                                        15:00                                   Dundee United             1
    St Johnstone                           15:00                                   Hamilton Academical   1
    St Mirren                                  15:00                                   Rangers                         2
    Livingston                                16:00                                   Aberdeen                      2
    Hibernian                                 18:00                                   Ross County                 1
    Motherwell                              18:15                                    Kilmarnock                    x

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Wednesday 30th December

    Celtic                                        15:00                                   Dundee United..............1
    St Johnstone                           15:00                                   Hamilton Academical.....1
    St Mirren                                  15:00                                   Rangers..........................2
    Livingston                                16:00                                   Aberdeen.......................1
    Hibernian                                 18:00                                   Ross County...................1
    Motherwell                              18:15                                    Kilmarnock......................1

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Celtic  15:00     Dundee United   1

St Johnstone    15:00    Hamilton Academical   1

St Mirren       15:00        Rangers   2

Livingston      16:00        Aberdeen    X

 Hibernian      18:00         Ross County  1

 Motherwell     18:15         Kilmarnock    1

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Getting mine in early this week, still raging i forgot week 20:m1323:

Wednesday 30th December

    Celtic                                        15:00                                   Dundee United..............X
    St Johnstone                           15:00                                   Hamilton Academical.....1
    St Mirren                                  15:00                                   Rangers..........................2
    Livingston                                16:00                                   Aberdeen.......................2
    Hibernian                                 18:00                                   Ross County...................1
    Motherwell                              18:15                                    Kilmarnock......................1

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4 minutes ago, sployal said:

Getting mine in early this week, still raging i forgot week 20:m1323:

Wednesday 30th December

    Celtic                                        15:00                                   Dundee United..............1
    St Johnstone                           15:00                                   Hamilton Academical.....1
    St Mirren                                  15:00                                   Rangers..........................2
    Livingston                                16:00                                   Aberdeen.......................2
    Hibernian                                 18:00                                   Ross County...................1
    Motherwell                              18:15                                    Kilmarnock......................1

 

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Results for week 21 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Wednesday 30th December

    Celtic                                          15:00Dundee United                                 1
    St Johnstone                             15:00Hamilton Academical                       X
    St Mirren                                    15:00Rangers                                             2
    Livingston                                  16:00Aberdeen                                          (game off icy pitch)
    Hibernian                                   18:00Ross County                                     2
    Motherwell                                 18:15Kilmarnock                                       2

Results of week 21 by participants

SP 1 out of 5
Dug 2 out of 5
Bastion 2 out of 5
Hairy 3 out of 5  
Mak 2 out of 5
Boro Boy 3 out of 5
Winston 2 out of 5

The standings after week 21

Dug               069
Bastion         065
Hairy             062
Mak              062
Boro Boy      061
SP                 049
Winston        032

Dug still leads Bastion by four points, Hairy and Mak are Equal 1 point above BB and Winston in now only 17 points behind SP

A few afters

Full time tims D Utd 3 - 0 no match report

 

Full time St Johnstone Accies 0 - 0

St Johnstone's winless Scottish Premiership run extended to eight games after they were held to a goalless draw by Hamilton Academical in Perth.

Home goalkeeper Zander Clark denied Nathan Thomas from close-range before Stevie May squandered a free header for the hosts.

St Johnstone pushed for an opener in the second period, but failed to make their dominance count.
The point moves the hosts up to eighth, but Accies slip to 12th.
The well-earned draw had stretched their advantage on bottom side Ross County to two points, but the Highlanders' victory at Easter Road later in the day means County finish the year bottom of the table.

St Johnstone end 2020 with only four points from a possible 24.

The visitors were almost rewarded for a positive start when Thomas did well to skip his way into the St Johnstone box before being denied by a smart stop from Clark at close range.
Thomas was proving to be a threat as he then guided a dangerous cross into the area towards David Moyo, but he could not divert his header on target.
The hosts responded well as Callum Booth saw a curling strike from the edge of the box go just over, then May squandered a glorious opportunity as he directed a glancing header just by the far post.

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Stevie May wasted a clear opportunity with a free header in the first half

It was then the visitors who were next to threaten as Moyo edged an aerial challenge with the ball landing at Andy Winter in the box, but the forward sliced his volley wide of goal.
Chris Kane then opened the goal up for himself with a lovely turn on the edge of the Hamilton box, only to shoot straight at Kyle Gourlay.

Hamilton saw a rare sight of goal in the second half as Thomas embarked on a run from his own half only to lash high and wide when he made it into the St Johnstone box.
Brian Rice's defence stood firm, but they were caught napping when Kane - similar to May in the first half - failed to direct a free header on goal.

The hosts continued to push in the closing stages, and should have won it through Michael O'Halloran who side-footed a golden opportunity from close range past Gourlay's near post.

Man of the match - Brian Easton

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The captain's (left) performance epitomised his side's defensive grit and resilience with some outstanding last-ditch challenges, and no other player matched his tally of eight clearances

What they said

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"The boys were fantastic. I'm happy with how they applied themselves. We created so many chances. You've got to take them when they come along.
"All credit to Hamilton, I thought they put their bodies on the line and made it difficult for us to get clear stuff, but I thought we had enough clear chances to take the game."

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
"It was exactly what I was after. It was a hardworking, gritty, nasty Hamilton performance, we got that. We had the best chance of the match in the first minute.
"We are delighted to come away from here with a point. It's a fantastic point for us. We look solid, we look strong. The defending started from the front. It was a really good team effort."

What's next?

Both sides return to action on Saturday (15:00 GMT) as St Johnstone travel to Ross County and Hamilton welcome Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell.

 

Full time Buddies Rangers 0 - 2

Rangers retained their 16-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership by avoiding a repeat of their League Cup defeat to St Mirren with ease.

The home side looked capable of two wins over Steven Gerrard's side within a fortnight early on.
But first-half strikes from Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos were enough to send Rangers into Saturday's Old Firm derby on the back of 13 straight league wins.

Jonathan Obika scooped over St Mirren's best chance shortly before the opener.

Rangers have responded to that League Cup exit with four wins in a row in their best top-flight start since 1928 as they prepare to host reigning champions Celtic.

Despite the end of their seven-game unbeaten home run, St Mirren remain seventh.

Considering that League Cup result, and the fact St Mirren had made their best league start since 1988, this was always going to be a big test for Rangers' title credentials.
It was no surprise home manager Jim Goodwin returned to the more defensive starting line-up that secured their place in the semi-finals and Jamie McGrath, scorer of two of their goals that night, was first to threaten as the midfielder dispossessed a lazy Steven Davis and fired a low drive straight at goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

St Mirren were looking as full of confidence as Rangers were with trepidation as two of the three players returning to the home line-up combined to give the visitors another scare.
McGregor, making his 400th appearance during two spells with the Ibrox club, was unable to hold Dylan Connolly's low shot through a sea of legs and Obika could only scoop his close-range shot on the turn over the crossbar.
But St Mirren's early work was undone when Ianis Hagi pounced on a mix-up between two opponents and played through for Roofe to fire past goalkeeper Jak Alnwick via a deflection off the hosts' other League Cup scorer, Conor McCarthy.
The striker's 10th goal in 14 games was quickly followed by Morelos' first in nine as the Colombia international pounced on Joe Shaughnessy's messy backpass to slot past former Rangers goalkeeper Alnwick.

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Alfredo Morelos scored Rangers' second goal

St Mirren again started the better after the break, but it was Rangers who came closest to adding to the scoreline as Alnwick saved from Morelos and the visitors appeared able to coast the rest of the game as they preserved energy for that even bigger test to come.

Man of the match - Jonathan Obika

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Jonathan Obika (right) missed St Mirren's best chance but was a constant menace to Rangers for a second game in a row

What they said

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"We always knew how difficult a task it was going to be and I don't think we did enough to win the game, but I thought we controlled long periods of the game without really troubling Rangers. We gave away a couple of cheap goals - one a deflection and one a mistake - but the players gave me everything and I can't fault them."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard tells his club website:
"We asked the players to own the pitch and to see if we can get back to keeping clean sheets on the bounce and we've delivered that. Out of possession, we weren't caused any problems apart from a few nervy moments, but in the main we've managed it really well. In the main, we're happy and we move into the weekend in a good place."

What next?

Rangers head for what could be a title-deciding top-of-the-table match at home to Celtic on Saturday (12:30 GMT) before St Mirren visit a Kilmarnock side two points below them in the table (15:00).


Full time Hibs Ross County 0 - 2

Ross County moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership as manager John Hughes got his first win and prevented former club Hibernian moving third.

Harry Paton's long-range strike gave County the lead midway through the first half.

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Harry Paton gave Ross County a 25th-minute lead at Easter Road


Joe Newell, Melker Hallberg and Christian Doidge all threatened an equaliser for Hibs.
But former Easter Road forward Oli Shaw doubled the visitors' lead following Jermaine Hylton's run and cross.

Successive defeats leaves Jack Ross' Hibernian two points off Aberdeen, whose game at Livingston was postponed, and the Pittodrie club now have two games in hand.

Ross County's win sends Hamilton Academical to the foot of the table with Hughes' team a point above them and a point behind Motherwell.
The visitors initially struggled to get the ball to stick in attack with Shaw isolated in attack, Hibs peppering the County box with corners.
However, Paton moved into an advanced position to combine with Shaw for the opening goal, the Canadian's low left-foot shot fizzing into the net.
County grew in confidence and Stephen Kelly tested goalkeeper Dillon Barnes following a corner.

Doidge could not convert Martin Boyle's cross and Newell was denied by Ross Laidlaw as Hibs began to find their range.
Hallberg was given the chance to bring the hosts level with a set piece just after the interval and his shot was pushed wide by Laidlaw.
Hibs' frustration was growing and Doidge's header from a Newell free-kick bounced narrowly wide.

And the hosts were soon two down. Hylton latched on to Keith Watson's throw-in, got past Paul Hanlon and pulled back for Shaw to apply the finish.
One more good chance came Hibs' way with Ryan Porteous nodding another Newell delivery wide.

Man of the match - Oli Shaw

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Shaw set up the first, scored the second and put in an unselfish performance as lone striker

What did they say?

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"We didn't play well enough to win the game. Individually, a lot of our players were below the levels they've been at in the main this season.
"Consequently, you'll be short as a team. We will deserve to be criticised. Faith and trust in the group remains because by and large this season they've been good."

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"They deserve that and the thing that pleases me most is a clean sheet. The shape was solid. We caused Hibs all sorts of problems.
"Hibs were the better team in the first 10 minutes. After that we came right into the game and really passed it and took the game to them."

What's next?

Hibernian's first match of 2021 is at home to Livingston on Saturday (15:00 GMT) while County are also at home on 2 January, against St Johnstone (15:00).


Full time Well Killie 0 - 2

Kilmarnock ended a run of five straight defeats with a vital Scottish Premiership win against struggling 10-man Motherwell.
Greg Kiltie's clever strike from the edge of the box put the visitors ahead.

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Greg Kiltie's low strike opened the scoring for Kilmarnock


And in a dramatic start to the second half, Mark O'Hara was dismissed for pulling Danny Whitehall, and the striker stepped up to score the resulting penalty.

Kilmarnock move up to eighth, after only their second win in nine games.
Motherwell, meanwhile, sit tenth and are winless in nine games in all competitions and end 2020 with just six Premiership victories. Stephen Robinson's side are just two points from clear of Hamilton, who prop up the table.

It was both sides' miserable form which cranked up the pressure on this match, with Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer stating pre-match that it would be a "big blow" for the loser.
The Englishman brought in Whitehall, Kiltie, and Mitch Pinnock in a bid to end a barren spell in front of goal, having netted just once in their last five matches.
All three had the desired impact and combined for the first goal. Whitehall held up Stuart Findlay's hoof forward, shifted the ball to Pinnock, whose flick allowed Kiltie to get the ball out of his feet and fire low past Trevor Carson.

The goal came just four minutes before the break, and was against the run of play given Motherwell's relatively strong start. But it was the visitors who effectively put the game beyond doubt just four minutes after the break.
O'Hara clearly laid hands on Whitehall when he was about to take a close-range shot, and referee Nick Walsh felt the Motherwell defender had made no attempt to play the ball in preventing the scoring chance.
The former Maidenhead striker composed himself, and rattled the penalty home to double Kilmarnock's lead, which both Kirk Broadfoot and Aaron Tshibola came close to adding to.

After a bright start in which Tony Watt and Allan Campbell both went close twice, everything that could have gone wrong for Motherwell, did.
The red card and second goal left them toiling, and then goalkeeper Trevor Carson had to be substituted after landing awkwardly when collecting a cross, having only just returned from a lengthy period on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Their third place finish from last season seems a distant, and fast-fading memory.

Man of the match - Danny Whitehall

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Whitehall looked like a man desperate to prove his worth on his first league start, and was everywhere for Kilmarnock, helping to set up the opener and scoring the second from the spot

What they said

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson:
"We look like we've lost confidence completely. We had chances, don't take them. But as soon as we went 1-0 down we didn't look as though we were going to get back into the game."

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer:
"I believe in the players. We have been through a tough time. It's only one win, we're not through it yet. But it's nice that they can go home today and feel they've got some just rewards."

What's next?

Motherwell have to pick themselves up for a huge Lanarkshire derby away to Hamilton on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Kilmarnock host St Mirren at the same time.

And the SPL table after week 21

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

 

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