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Week 32 of the super SPL fun predictions for the season 2020 -2021 fellow members.


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2 games to bring us bang up to date and complete week 32 of the SPL with big games for both Ross County and Accies.
 
Predictions in for Saturday 13th of March 14h45.

Saturday 13th March

    Livingston                                                    15:00                                         Hamilton Academical
    Ross County                                                15:00                                         Hibernian

A reminder of the standings after week 31

Dug             104
Bastion       098
Boro Boy    096
Mak            092
Hairy          092
SP              081
Winston     065

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table for the catch up games

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

 

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Saturday 13th March

    Livingston                                                    15:00                                         Hamilton Academical...............1
    Ross County                                                15:00                                         Hibernian..................................2

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Saturday 13th March

    Livingston                                                    15:00                                         Hamilton Academical     1
    Ross County                                                15:00                                         Hibernian                        2

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Saturday 13th March

    Livingston                                                    15:00                                         Hamilton Academical---1
    Ross County                                                15:00                                         Hibernian------------------2

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Results for week 32 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Saturday 13th March

    Livingston                                              15:00                                     Hamilton Academical     1
    Ross County                                          15:00                                     Hibernian                        2

Results of week 32 by participants

SP 1 out of 2
Dug 2 out of 2
Bastion 2 out of 2
Hairy 2 out of 2  
Mak 0 out of 2
Boro Boy 2 out of 2
Winston 0 out of 2

The standings after week 32

Dug               106
Bastion         100
Boro Boy      098
Hairy            094
Mak              092
SP                082
Winston       065

Dug still 6 points in the lead, Bastion reaches the 100 points mark, Hairy jumps above Mak into 4th place and Winston trails SP by a massive 17 points.

Both teams fighting the relegation battle lost their respective games, all SPL teams have now played 32 games, next week-end will see the final games before the dreaded split who between St Mirren and St Johnstone will clinch the 6th place?

A few afters

Full time Livvy Accies 2 - 1

Livingston must target finishing in their current spot of fifth after sealing a top-six place in the Scottish Premiership, says manager David Martindale.

A 2-1 win over Hamilton ensured Livi will be in the top half when the league splits after next weekend's fixtures.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Scott Pittman got the hosts' goals, with Callum Smith briefly bringing the visitors level.

"Going into these next games, the boys can go and enjoy it," said Martindale.
"We've got to be aiming to try and finish fifth."

It was a first win in all competitions since 2 February for Livingston, having lost five and drawn once during that spell, while Hamilton remain a point above bottom side Kilmarnock and three behind Ross County.

Emmanuel-Thomas put the finishing touches to Livingston's opener but Nicky Devlin did the spadework.
The full-back worked his way into the box from the right and slipped the ball to the big striker with his back to goal and Emmanuel-Thomas flicked it up before smashing into the net behind him.

Hamilton had been second best in the opening half-hour but, from their first real attack, got level.
Brian Easton's tackle on Emmanuel-Thomas forced the ball through to Smith, who turned and drove at the Livi defence before unleashing a fierce shot into the right corner.

The hosts were almost ahead again within minutes as Pittman flashed a shot wide from Emmanuel-Thomas' headed knockdown.
But Pittman did find the net after another mazy run by Devlin. He sped towards the byeline to cut back, with Hamilton's Lee Hodson unintentionally chesting the ball back towards goal and allowing Pittman to score on the turn.

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Scott Pittman's goal put Livingston 2-1 in front at the break.

Bruce Anderson tried to get Hamilton level before the break, his shot deflecting just wide of Robby McCrorie's goal.

After such an entertaining first half, there were fewer clear-cut opportunities. Scott Martin did unlock the Livi defence to create a shooting chance for Ross Callachan, who dragged his effort wide.

Josh Mullin almost got a third for the home side, his superb shot from the left smacking the crossbar, and fellow substitute Matej Poplatnik netted from an offside position late on.

Man of the match - Nicky Devlin

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Devlin gained a lot of yards for Livingston and had a hand in both goals.

What did they say?

Livingston manager David Martindale:
"Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is so gifted. I see it everyday in training. An incredible finish, a fantastic strike.
"It's a fantastic achievement, finishing top six. There's been a lot of pressure on the boys."

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice:
"It was very tight. I don't think we deserved to lose the match but I don't think we deserved to win it either. A point would've been a justified result.
"We lost two poor goals from our point of view. There was some good play second half. We're disappointed not to get anything from the game."

What's next?

Livingston's last match before the Scottish Premiership split is at home to Hibernian next Saturday (15:00 GMT), when Hamilton Academical host St Mirren.


Full time Ross County Hibs 1 - 2

Ross County manager John Hughes thought Martin Boyle dived like he was "wearing Speedos" as Hibernian consolidated third spot in the Scottish Premiership.

Hibs recovered from a Billy Mckay opener and a Kevin Nisbet finish secured a win for the visitors.

But Hughes thinks the equalising penalty, won and scored by Boyle, was dubious and that the winger should have received a second yellow card.

"The last time I saw a dive like that the boy had Speedos on," he said.
"Boyle had been booked for a tackle in a wide area, then he dived again in the box and John Beaton chose to ignore it for the simple reason it's a red card. It's not a slip, it's not play-on, it's a dive."

Hughes also felt hard done-by at the spot kick won by Boyle, suggesting that his team appear regularly to be on the wrong side of such decisions.

"I think Boyle has conned John Beaton," he told BBC Scotland. "Very clever, part and parcel of the game."

Defeat leaves County still four points ahead of bottom side Kilmarnock and three clear of Hamilton Academical.

For Hibs, though, victory stretches their lead over fourth-top Aberdeen to six points.

Considering County had gone loss-win-loss for their previous six games, it was perhaps predictable that Hughes' side should follow last week's victory over Kilmarnock with a defeat.

It was five years to the day since County enjoyed their greatest triumph - beating Hibs to lift the Scottish League Cup for the first time - and three months since they won 2-0 at Easter Road.

Hibs head coach Jack Ross said before kick-off his side were looking to right a few wrongs in what he described as their most important game of the season so far. And they started in the determined fashion he wanted as they looked to end a run of two consecutive defeats.

However, they were consistently thwarted by the offside flag and County's high line - and Chris Cadden wastefully skied their only clear-cut chance of the first half.

Heavy Highland rain rolling in to replace the sunshine was accompanied by a shower of action shortly after the break as Jordan White headed on a speculative ball into the visitors' penalty box and Mckay slotted in from close range for his fourth goal in as many games.

Two minutes later, Boyle went down under an Alex Iacovitti challenge and, despite County protests, the winger fired his spot-kick down the middle to beat former Hibs goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw for his sixth goal in seven outings.

Another eight minutes and another goal as substitute Nisbet, who had been relegated to the Hibs bench, pounced on a Paul Hanlon prod across the face of goal to end a nine-game wait for his 14th of the season.

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Substitute Kevin Nisbet scored the winner for Hibs.

It came moments after Hibs claimed for another penalty as County appealed for what would have been a second yellow card to be shown to Boyle for diving.

That was followed by a series of fine saves from Laidlaw and Hibs counterpart Ofir Marciano, but it was Hibs who held off a late County surge to move closer to Europa League qualification.

Man of the match - Jackson Irvine

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Jackson Irvine was a creative force in the Hibs midfield.

What they said

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"I just felt Hibs were the better team in the first half - we rode our luck and never laid a glove on them. But we were solid, the shape was good, you could see the spirit.
"I made a wee tweak at half-time - I put Blair Spittal in a different position - and it helped us a little bit. But they've said for a long time in football, you are at your most vulnerable after you've gone ahead and we can't hold on to the lead for more than a couple of minutes, but in saying that, it is a real dubious penalty."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"A big three points to put right some of those records against Ross County and I mentioned it being the biggest game of the season for us at this stage and I thought we responded.
"In the first half, we were good, really dominant in terms of territory and then the second was much more expansive and to show the resilience to come back from a goal behind is not something we've done often enough this season and it makes it a good afternoon for us."

What's next?

Hibs will hope to continue their push for third place as they visit Livingston, who have secured a top-six finish, next Saturday (15:00 GMT), while County travel to take on St Johnstone.

And the SPL table after week 32

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

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