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9 games coming up starting with 3 on Wednesday 10th February, 5 on Saturday 13th and 1 on Sunday 14th.
Choose your predictions carefully because there are a few choicy games this week.

Will Hamilton and the tims come through unscathed from playing 2 away games?
Can Livingston bounce back from their disappointing home defeat?
Will Rangers get back to winning ways at Ibrox after a terrible away draw?
 
Predictions in for Wednesday 10th February 17h45.

Wednesday 10th February

    Kilmarnock                                                  18:00                                   Motherwell
    Livingston                                                   18:00                                   Hamilton Academical
    St Mirren                                                     20:00                                  Celtic

Saturday 13th February

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

Sunday 14th February

    St Johnstone                                              12:00                                   Celtic

A reminder of the standings after week 27

Dug               089
Bastion         083
Mak              081
Hairy            080
Boro Boy      079
SP                069
Winston       052

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 27

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

 

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Wednesday 10th February

    Kilmarnock                                                  18:00                                   Motherwell.....................1
    Livingston                                                   18:00                                   Hamilton Academical.....1
    St Mirren                                                     20:00                                  Celtic..............................2

Saturday 13th February

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

Sunday 14th February

    St Johnstone                                              12:00                                   Celtic..............................2

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Wednesday 10th February

    Kilmarnock                                                  18:00                                   Motherwell.....................1
    Livingston                                                   18:00                                   Hamilton Academical.....2
    St Mirren                                                     20:00                                  Celtic..............................2

Saturday 13th February

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

Sunday 14th February

    St Johnstone                                              12:00                                   Celtic..............................2

 

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Wednesday 10th February

    Kilmarnock                                                  18:00                                   Motherwell.....................1
    Livingston                                                   18:00                                   Hamilton Academical.....1
    St Mirren                                                     20:00                                  Celtic..............................1

Saturday 13th February

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

Sunday 14th February

    St Johnstone                                              12:00                                   Celtic..............................X

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Wednesday 10th February

 Kilmarnock        18:00       Motherwell  1

Livingston           18:00       Hamilton   1

St Mirren             20:00       Celtic  2

Saturday 13th February

Aberdeen             15:00          St Mirren 1

 Dundee United    15:00          Livingston  x

Motherwell            15:00         Hamilton  x

Rangers                15:00         Kilmarnock. 1

Ross County         15:00         Hibernian  2

Sunday 14th February

St Johnstone          12:00       Celtic  2

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Wednesday 10th February

    Kilmarnock                                                  18:00                                   Motherwell.....................1
    Livingston                                                   18:00                                   Hamilton Academical.....1
    St Mirren                                                     20:00                                  Celtic..............................2

Saturday 13th February

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

Sunday 14th February

    St Johnstone                                              12:00                                   Celtic..............................2

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Wednesday 10th February

    Kilmarnock                                                  18:00                                   Motherwell                      x
    Livingston                                                   18:00                                   Hamilton Academical      1
    St Mirren                                                     20:00                                  Celtic                                2

Saturday 13th February

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

Sunday 14th February

    St Johnstone                                              12:00                                   Celtic                                2

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Results for week 28 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Wednesday 10th February

    Kilmarnock                                                               18:00                                      Motherwell                                 2
    Livingston                                                                18:00                                      Hamilton Academical                 P
    St Mirren                                                                  20:00                                     Celtic                                           2

Saturday 13th February

    Aberdeen                                                                 15:00                                      St Mirren                                     X
    Dundee United                                                        15:00                                      Livingston                                   1
    Motherwell                                                               15:00                                      Hamilton Academical                2
    Rangers                                                                    15:00                                      Kilmarnock                                 1
    Ross County                                                             15:00                                      Hibernian                                   P

Sunday 14th February

    St Johnstone                                                           12:00                                       Celtic                                          2

Results of week 28 by participants

SP 2 out of 9
Dug 4 out of 9
Bastion 5 out of 9
Hairy 4 out of 9  
Mak 3 out of 9
Boro Boy 3 out of 9
Winston 4 out of 9

The standings after week 28

Dug               093
Bastion         088
Mak               084
Hairy             084
Boro Boy      082
SP                 071
Winston        056

Dug 5 points in the lead above Bastion, Mak and Hairy neck and neck, BB hanging in and Winston makes up a massive 2 points on SP.

A few afters

Full time Killie Motherwell 0 - 1

Tommy Wright saw "more than enough" to be encouraged by Kilmarnock as his Rugby Park reign began with defeat to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.

Killie failed to hit the net for the fifth time in six games and, despite controlling much of the match, could not make their dominance count.
Their wastefulness was punished when Allan Campbell drove the visitors in front in the second half.

"The players believe they bossed the game, and they did," said Wright.
"Where we are in the league you could say we're in a relegation dogfight, but there's 10 games to go, 30 points to play for, and I think we should be encouraged by how we played tonight. I'm certainly encouraged."

Following a sixth successive loss, Kilmarnock are just four points off the bottom of the league.

Hamilton, in last place, have two games in hand on the Ayrshire men, who now face away games to Rangers and Aberdeen.

Motherwell, though, helped ease their own relegation worries with their third win in four outings.
Both sides have not had their struggles to seek this season, but they both went into this with a lift. Motherwell had been unlucky not to take a point at Celtic Park on Saturday, while Kilmarnock are hopeful of better days now that former St Johnstone boss Wright is in the door.
During an energetic start Killie's Rory McKenzie and Motherwell's Devante Cole both had half chances but the goalkeepers were given easy saves.
Kilmarnock were the more adventurous and Chris Burke almost got onto the end of an angled long pass, Brandon Haunstrup sent a teasing ball to the back post, while Rory McKenzie drove a low ball across the face of goal. With only two goals on their losing streak five, putting the ball in the net was continuing to be a problem.
And they didn't look too convincing at the back either. Cole managed to get in behind but mishit his shot with just goalkeeper Colin Doyle to beat.

Killie kept up the pressure. McKenzie had a shot charged down and Alan Power's low ball was begging for a touch, but again they were caught out at a set-piece and Doyle had to push away a close-range Cole header.
Nicke Kabamba should perhaps have scored when the ball fell to him at the back post, but the Kilmarnock striker hit the side-netting.
And they were made to pay for that miss when Campbell latched onto a Tony Watt pass and rifled a shot into the roof of the net, his second goal in two games.

Motherwell sensed a second and Watt had a shot from outside of the boot blocked.

Kilmarnock rallied but Burke's shot from distance failed to trouble Kelly, while Kabamba had a late header saved and it is clear there is work to do for Wright.

Man of the match - Tony Watt

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Motherwell were on the back foot a lot, but when they did get forward Tony Watt was at the centre of the action, and his through ball for Campbell was pivotal to unlockin Killies defence.

What did they say?

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
"We controlled large parts of the game, got into areas of the pitch where we should have made more of it. Maybe the quality and movement into the box could have been better. Just that final bit of the jigsaw wasn't there tonight. We've been caught with a sucker punch from a quick throw in."

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"It was a tight game all the way through. Both teams competed at a great level. We said at half-time it could be a grind but if we can find that bit of quality we can win the game and so it proved.
"It's the first clean sheet for quite a while too, and added onto it the three points - it's a good night for us."

What's next?

Kilmarnock travel to Rangers on Saturday (15:00), while Motherwell have a Lanarkshire derby at home to Hamilton Academical at the same time.


Livvy Accies match postponed frozen pitch


Full time Buddies tims 0 - 4 no match report


Full time Sheep Buddies 0 - 0

Derek McInnes sees "the benefit" of Aberdeen's January transfer business, even though he is frustrated at how late the club concluded their dealings.

The Dons went a fifth match without a goal in Saturday's draw with St Mirren.

Sam Cosgrove and Scott Wright left Pittodrie on transfer deadline day with Florian Kamberi, Fraser Hornby and Callum Hendry all coming in.
"I was disappointed that we left it as late as we did to bring players in," Pittodrie manager McInnes said.
"We've pulled in £6m this year. We've all got a responsibility in a tough financial situation we're in through Covid to bring as much money into the club as possible. £6m in any given season is good business.
"The money for Cosgrove was right. Scott Wright leaving in the last day of the window? Would I want to keep him? Absolutely, I wanted to keep him. The boy was committed to us. It's a board decision. It's money there to come in so it was disappointing to lose him but I accept it.
"I see the benefit of what the club needs to do. Anytime we've gone through tough spells, we've always stuck together and we've normally got our desired results. We're trying to get players up to speed."

Aberdeen are now four points behind Hibernian, who are third in the Scottish Premiership, with both having played 28 games. St Mirren dropped below Dundee United and are a point outside the top six but have two games in hand over the Tangerines.

With the wind playing its part, St Mirren looked to use the left foot of Ilkay Durmus to unlock the Aberdeen defence. His volleyed cross was stabbed towards goal by Ryan Flynn but goalkeeper Joe Lewis stood tall to make the block.
Later, Durmus' deep free-kick was touched over by the keeper but was probably heading out anyway.
Aberdeen, who publicly backed under pressure manager McInnes this week, struggled to eke out an opportunity and debutant Kamberi's low drive was collected by Jak Alnwick.

The influence of the wind was laid bare when Lewis attempted to take a free-kick just outside of his box early in the second half but the ball kept blowing away from him.
The conditions did not help Fraser Hornby at the other end when his free-kick sailed wide of the St Mirren goal and an effort by Matty Kennedy was an easy save for Alnwick.

Jon Obika came on for Lee Erwin and fired off target from the edge of the Aberdeen box and Kyle McAllister's free-kick posed no real problem for Lewis as the match petered out.
There was a late scramble in the St Mirren box after Joe Shaughnessy missed a cross but neither Lewis Ferguson nor Hornby's replacement Callum Hendry could get the better of Alnwick.

Jake Doyle-Hayes did not reappear for the second half and St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin revealed post-match the midfielder would leave the ground on crutches and have an x-ray.

Man of the match - Conor McCarthy

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It was a day for bravery and McCarthy was solid in defence and battled on after a first-half head knock.

What did they say?

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes:
"We go with a positive line-up. The intent was trying to get playing in their half of the pitch. The conditions made it difficult for both sets of players.
"It's not a proper day to be judging people and performances. There's no criticism of my players, their effort was outstanding."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"We knew it wasn't going to be pretty with the way the wind was blowing. Defensively I thought we were excellent.
"It was a brilliant chance [for Ryan Flynn in the first half]. It was very good save. That probably was the best opportunity of the game. All in all, I think a draw is probably a fair result. I still believe we're in the driving seat [for the top six]."

What's next?

Both sides are back in league action again on Wednesday at 18:00 GMT with Aberdeen away to Celtic and St Mirren at home to Hamilton Academical.


Full time D Utd Livvy 3 - 0

David Martindale said he had "got it wrong" as Livingston suffered a second successive Scottish Premiership defeat as both they and Dundee United finished with 10 men in a pulsating encounter.

United's Peter Pawlett and Livingston's Jack Fitzwater were both given straight red cards at Tannadice.
Either side of Pawlett's dismissal, Adrian Sporle and Lawrence Shankland scored before the break for United, and Shankland added a late third.

"I've got to look at myself," he said.
"The manner of the defeat this week is harder to take. There's a way to lose a game of football and that is definitely not a way to lose a way of football. But I'll take this one in on the chin, I've probably got it wrong, there were moments in the game I probably could have changed."

The win for United, their second in a row, moves United to within five points of their visitors, albeit having played a game more.

Last week was just United's first win in 10 attempts, but they had an opportunity to return to the top six and pressurise Livingston in the battle for what could be a European spot.
And the hosts took the lead in the opening minute when Sporle broke into the box, took a touch with the right foot and rifled United into the lead with the left.
United could have doubled their lead when Louis Appere latched on to a fine through ball, but Julien Serrano's challenge denied him.

Livingston threatened with Jack Fitzwater and Scott Pittman both sending efforts straight into the arms of goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.
Then Shankland took the ball past Livi goalkeeper Max Stryjek after he misjudged a bouncing ball, but cracked his shot off the foot of Nicky Delvin on the goal-line.

And then the game appeared to turn in Livingston's favour. Pawlett lost control of the ball, and launched forward with his studs up to win it back, catching Jason Holt on the leg. Referee Nick Walsh issued a straight red card and United were down to 10 men.
However, it did little to deter the hosts and within minutes they doubled their lead.
Ian Harkes, seconds after replacing Sporle, spotted the run of Shankland, played a beautiful through ball, and the Scotland striker knocked it low past Stryjek.

After a thrilling first half, the second period offered more of the same. Shankland raced into Livingston's box but Marvin Bartley blocked his route to goal before he could get his shot away.

Siegrist saved headers from Craig Sibbald and Pittman, before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas blasted over from close range.
And then the game turned again as Fitzwater was ordered off for bringing down Harkes, and Livingston were down to 10 men too - both red cards appeared to be harsh.

Livi continued to apply most of the pressure, with Holt shooting wide and Matej Poplatnik heading at goal, but failed to show a cutting edge in front of goal.

United punished the visitors when Shankland made it three goals in two games with a fine third. He won the header, raced onto the loose ball, cut inside Josh Mullin, then coolly picked his spot past Stryjek.

Man of the match - Lawrence Shankland

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The Dundee United striker led the line well for the home side, and showing his predatory instinct with two fine goals.

What did they say?

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"We are growing all the time and today was a great 90 minute performance. We've got that mentality now that we know the tempo that game has got to be played in."
"I'm surprised [at Pawlett's red card], I think everybody was. You see the reaction from both benches. But I'm a long way away and the referee makes a decision against you, you've just got to carry on."

Livingston manager David Martindale:
"Fair play to Lawrence Shankland, he was decent today. His second goal, it was a fantastic finish, he's done Josh Mullin great.
"Lawrence Shankland gave us a torrid time today and that was probably the difference in the game."
"We lost cheap goals.

What's next?

Livingston travel to St Mirren on Saturday (15:00), while Dundee United are away to leaders Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday (15:00)


Full time Well Accies 1 - 4

Hamilton Academical showed they are "desperate to stay in this league" after a derby win over Motherwell, says manager Brian Rice.
A calamitous 45 minutes saw the hosts trail by three goals at the break.
Bruce Anderson, Ross Callachan, Marios Ogkmpoe and David Moyo all hit the target with Stephen O'Donnell sent off.

"It's a great result for us," Rice said. "I thought we were brilliant start to finish. I couldn't ask for any more from my players. I am delighted."
"We added goals and some of our play was exceptional. I'm really proud of that, four different scorers. I did say we would be having a go and I think the boys were magnificent.
"We have had injuries and the shape is looking good. We are looking solid."

The win was Hamilton's sixth in the league this season, their third against below-par Motherwell, who stay ninth.

Hamilton have had the better of this fixture in recent times, winning three of the last four matches, and it could not have started any better for them during a nightmare opening 31 minutes for Motherwell.

Ryan Fulton in the Hamilton goal rarely touched the ball never mind being forced into a save as his forwards made the three points a certainty with a clinical display.
The South Lanarkshire club were looking to build on their 1-1 draw with league leaders Rangers last week and made inroads early on against the Steelmen.
Ogkmpoe linked up well with Callachan, the midfielder finding Anderson free in the box to slot home his first Accies goal.
They then won a penalty when O'Donnell was sent off for a last-man foul on Callachan. The midfielder scored, and when ordered to retake his spot-kick, found the net again.

A first goal since November for Ogkmpoe topped off a terrific opening half for manager Brian Rice, as the Greek striker shifted through the middle to score Accies' third with a powerful low strike.
The visitors dictated play throughout the second half with a mix of possession football and counter-attacking.

Mark O'Hara pulled a goal back for Motherwell with a penalty but the recent renaissance under Graham Alexander had already been firmly stopped in its tracks before Moyo added insult to injury.

Frustrations got the better of the Motherwell manager and he was sent off before the full-time whistle on what was a bad day all round for his team.

Man of the match - Ross Callachan

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Ross Callachan (left) scored from the spot to cap an impressive display for the visitors.

What did they say?

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"We had to defend the first goal better. It was such a loose goal to concede. Then the penalty is a double whammy [with a red card for Stephen O'Donnell].
"I asked the boys to show me the character we need going forward. We had to show a response and I think we did that. We have to learn the harsh lessons from the first half. I include myself in that."

Hamilton Academical manager Brian Rice:
"We set our stall out early. You saw a team today that are desperate to stay in this league.
"The boys were magnificent. We don't have the finances other teams have. We have lads with heart and spirit. They will give everything to make sure we are in the Premiership next season."

What's next?

Motherwell will look to put this behind them at home to St Johnstone next Saturday (15:00), while Hamilton travel to Paisley on Wednesday night to face St Mirren (18:00)


Full time Rangers Killie 1 - 0

Rangers moved 21 points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership thanks to Ryan Jack's stunning finish against Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
The Scotland midfielder's volley just before the break was enough to give Steven Gerrard's side a 14th consecutive home league win.

Dogged Kilmarnock limited the leaders to a handful of chances.
But they rarely threatened at the other end and have now lost both games under new manager Tommy Wright.

Hamilton Academical's win away to Motherwell means Kilmarnock are now only a point above the bottom two sides, having played more games than both.

A seventh defeat in a row for the Ayrshire side - and their third in succession this season against Rangers without scoring - will leave Wright in no doubt that, while Gerrard's side continue to edge closer to the title, his new charges face a fight against relegation unless they can find goals from somewhere.

It is the reason why Wright this week signed Kyle Lafferty following the Northern Ireland international's exit from Reggina, but the former Rangers striker's lack of match fitness denied him a debut against his former side.

They could certainly have done with more bite up front against a Rangers side who again failed to reach their early-season heights following Sunday's disappointing display in drawing with Hamilton.

With both Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos suspended and Cedric Itten on his own up front, Gerrard's team were proving toothless in attack and another frustrating afternoon looked in store as they struggled to tip-tap their way through Kilmarnock's crowded 4-5-1 formation.

James Tavernier had the ball in the net from Itten's neat flick only to be ruled offside, but that was their only clear sight until a sublime bit of skill from Jack eight minutes before the break.

After a couple of Kilmarnock blocks inside the penalty box, it fell to the Scotland midfielder 18 yards out and he controlled it neatly with the instep then volleyed it powerfully past goalkeeper Colin Doyle.
It was a finish that fully justified Gerrard's decision to restore Jack and Steven Davis to his midfield.

Either because the goal inspired Rangers or because the visitors were forced to look for an equaliser, the home side were suddenly finding a little more space and Doyle's fingertips denied Ryan Kent drives either side of the break.

Joe Aribo also squandered a great chance when put clean through by Kent.

Kilmarnock will probably feel aggrieved that they were not given the chance of an equaliser when they were denied a late free-kick after Danny Whitehall was fouled by Leon Balogun just outside the penalty box, but a draw would have flattered the visitors.

Man of the match - Ryan Kent

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Rangers winger Ryan Kent (left) was a constant threat to the Kilmarnock defence.

What did we learn?

Gerrard will be pleased that the Rangers juggernaut is back on track after that little hiccup against Accies last weekend.

There is no sign of the second half of the season collapses that have dogged his time as Rangers boss and they are developing the habit of champions: grinding out wins despite not playing at their best and while without their top marksmen.

Wright knew the magnitude of his task when he took charge of Kilmarnock and the latest defeat will underline the need to get Lafferty up to speed as quickly as possible.

They are now on the worst losing run from any team in the Premiership this season. However, as with Wednesday's narrow defeat by Motherwell, he will again take positives from a spirited performance.

What they said

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
"Fantastic goal - any midfielder would be happy with a strike like that.
"We came off ourselves last week in terms of our identity, but we bounced back today with another strong win even though the scoreline doesn't suggest that. That's another clean sheet - 14 wins out of 14 at home [in the league]."

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
"I was disappointed at the goal on two points; one, we should clear our lines better and two, it was handball, after the header it hits the Rangers player's hand. The official should see that.
"Whilst there are positives in terms of the effort and work rate and the shape we had was good, ultimately there is huge disappointment that we didn't do enough in the final third."

What's next?

Rangers travel to Belgium to face Royal Antwerp in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday (20:00 GMT) before hosting Dundee United in the Premiership a week on Sunday (15:00). Meanwhile, Kilmarnock face another difficult away day against fourth-top Aberdeen next Saturday (15:00).


Ross County Hibs match postponed frozen pitch


Full time St Johnstone tims 1 - 2 no match report


And a reminder of the SPL table after week 28

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

 

 

 

 

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