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6 games before the split, 5 games on Saturday 20th March then onto the Old Firm game at the midden on Sunday 21st March.


Lots to play for with a 6th place up for grabs between St Mirren who play away to Accies and St Johnstone who play at home against Ross County, these should be 2 hard fought games as all 4 clubs need a result.
 
Predictions in for Saturday 20th of March 14h45.

Saturday 20th March

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

Sunday 21st March

    Celtic                                                             12:00                                     Rangers

A reminder of the standings after week 32

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

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 32

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

 

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Saturday 20th March

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

Sunday 21st March

    Celtic                                                             12:00                                     Rangers............2

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4 hours ago, Harold said:

Saturday 20th March

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

Sunday 21st March

    Celtic                                                             12:00                                     Rangers............2

 

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Saturday 20th March

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

Sunday 21st March

    Celtic                                                             12:00                                     Rangers                   1

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Saturday 20th March

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

Sunday 21st March

    Celtic                                                             12:00                                     Rangers............2

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Saturday 20th March

Dundee United         15:00       Aberdeen  x

Hamilton                   15:00         St Mirren  2

 Kilmarnock              15:00        Motherwell 1
   

Livingston                  15:00      Hibernian 2

 St Johnstone           15:00       Ross County 1

Sunday 21st March

Celtic                      12:00           Rangers  2

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Saturday 20th March

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

Sunday 21st March

    Celtic                                                             12:00                                     Rangers       x     

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Results for week 33 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Saturday 20th March

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

Sunday 21st March

    Celtic                                                                       12:00                                     Rangers                                X

Results of week 33 by participants

SP 2 out of 6
Dug 3 out of 6
Bastion 2 out of 6
Hairy did not participate  
Mak 2 out of 6
Boro Boy 2 out of 6
Winston 2 out of 6

The standings after week 32

Dug               109
Bastion         102
Boro Boy      100
Hairy            094
Mak              094
SP                084
Winston       067

Dug now 7 points in the lead above Bastion, BB reaches the 100 points mark and is sniffing up Bastions hole, Hairy and Mak in 4th place and Winston still trails SP by a massive 17 points.

Lots of action in an exciting day 33 of the SPL where the spotlight was on the fight for the coveted 6th place before the split, St Mirren were were edgded out in the last minutes failing to hold onto a 1 - 0 lead against Hamilton and were pipped at the post by St Johnstone's 86th minute goal against Ross County.
Sunday's old firm derby didn't live up to expectations where the teams fought out a 1 - 1 draw at the girodome, on a good note Alfredo Morelos got the duck off his back with a header at the back post after a fine corner.

A few afters

Full time D Utd sheep 1 - 0

Aberdeen's lack of goals is becoming "more and more worrying," says interim manager Paul Sheerin after they failed to score in the ninth time in 10 games.

The Pittodrie club lost at Dundee United in their first Scottish Premiership game since Derek McInnes' departure.

Adrian Sporle's well-worked goal was enough to down the visitors, who have now won just once since January.

"We are always striving to rectify that," said Sheerin.
"I thought a lot of the build-up play was good, but when you are not scoring goals and not getting the end product your play probably deserves it's frustrating."

The defeat leaves Aberdeen in fourth, now seven points behind Hibernian.

The victory for United leaves them in eighth and all but confirms their top-flight safety, given they are 11 points clear of 11th-placed Kilmarnock with just 15 points left to play for.

At kick-off, the home side showed solidarity with Rangers' Glen Kamara by deciding to stand in unison rather than taking the knee.

In a statement, the club said the decision was "to enhance the message that racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place anywhere in society."

After a bright start from United, it was the away side who came closest in the opening stages as a sweeping passing move resulted in Dean Campbell seeing an effort deflected on to a post.

United's Jeandro Fuchs then passed up an opportunity of his own, as the midfielder lashed over Joe Lewis' bar after neat link-up play with Marc McNulty.

But the visitors continued to impress on the counter, playing with an urgency that had been lacking in recent games. Jonny Hayes drove at the United defence before his strike took a nick and curled just past Benjamin Siegrist's near post.

The visitors - with Paul Sheerin in charge - tried to play out from the back, and it worked on the whole for the first period.

There was one near miss, though, when Lewis passed straight to Callum Butcher who fed Lawrence Shankland. The striker composed himself and lifted a delightful dink goalwards, but Ash Taylor was on hand to stop the ball on the line.

However, the Aberdeen backline couldn't prevent Sporle's opener just after the hour.

Fuchs dispossessed debutant full-back Jack MacKenzie on the bye-line before lovely one-touch build-up resulted in Shankland providing for Sporle, who finished low past Lewis into the far corner.

Any attacking flair and zip from the away side faded following United's opener, and confidence dwindled. But Ross McCrorie will be disappointed he couldn't divert a close-range header on target on the closing stages.

Man of the match - Adrian Sporle

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The Argentine provided solid defensive cover while posing a threat in attack by scoring the only goal of the game.

What did they say?

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"It was terrific performance. We've been playing like that for a wee while now. All credit to the players. We keep trying to improve all the time.
"They've grown and attacked everything we've wanted to do. We still believe we can get better."

Aberdeen interim manager Paul Sheerin:
"It's disappointing and frustrating. But the players feel it, they worked hard in the 10 days I've worked with them.
"They've been very good so nobody feels it as much as the players do."

What's next?

It's Scottish Cup action for both sides next on 3 April, as Aberdeen travel to Dumbarton or Huntly and United welcome Partick Thistle or Cowdenbeath.


Full time Accies Buddies 1 - 1

St Mirren's players were left "devastated" after a late Hamilton Academical equaliser denied them a place in the Scottish Premiership top six, says manager Jim Goodwin.

Jamie McGrath's seventh penalty kick of the season had put St Mirren in a commanding position.

But St Johnstone's late winner v Ross County - and Kyle Munro's equaliser - took them above the Paisley side.

"The season is not over, we still have a lot to play for," Goodwin said.
"Seventh has to be our target, and a run in the Scottish Cup, but right now it's very difficult to think about anything else other than the sheer disappointment. The players are devastated."

Despite the draw, Hamilton slip to the bottom of the table behind Kilmarnock, who thrashed Motherwell 4-1.

It means Motherwell - on two occasions - remain the only team that Hamilton have beaten in 13 games since the turn of the year. They are now without a win in six outings - five at home.

Much had been made about St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick's pre-season prediction that Jim Goodwin's side would finish in the top six after narrowly avoiding relegation last term.

Ridiculed by some pundits, they nevertheless began the day within touching distance and Goodwin was similarly cocksure when interviewed before kick off, saying he "expected" a victory.

Despite his suggestion that his players were confident and relaxed, and Brian Rice's assurances that Hamilton were not feeling the pressure from their own relegation plight, it was a scrappy start.

What few chances were created came St Mirren's way and, when Ilkay Durmus was subject of a wild challenge, McGrath calmly slotted his 11th goal of the season to retain his 100% record form the spot.

Although Accies improved after the break, with half-chances spurned at both ends, it looked like the Paisley side were heading for victory.

However, as news filtered through that St Johnstone had taken the lead with four minutes remaining, St Mirren were defending ever deeper. Then Scott McMann's free-kick found Munro unmarked to deliver a killer blow to the visitors' top-six hopes.

Man of the match - Richard Tait

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Right-back Tait was a constant threat for St Mirren despite disappointment at the end.

What they said

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
"I think our second-half performance meant we deserved at least a point. We went for it, it was gung-ho at times, but it was a brilliant effort from the boys.

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"Second half, Hamilton pinned us back and we couldn't get out. We looked very nervy at moments, but we still had a couple of opportunities to put the game to bed."

What's next?

These sides are due to meet again - same place, kick-off time to be confirmed - the Scottish Cup on Saturday 3 April following the international break.


Full time Killie Motherwell 4 - 1

Tommy Wright hopes Kilmarnock can take advantage of three home games after the Scottish Premiership split.

Wright enjoyed his first win as Killie boss in Saturday's 4-1 defeat of Motherwell, which moved them off bottom place in the league.

The post-split fixtures can now be confirmed, with St Johnstone having secured the last top-six berth, and will start on 10 April.

"We've moved in the right direction," said Wright.
"We should be getting three home games. If we get that, I think that'll give us a really good opportunity."

Kyle Lafferty scored the opener and had a hand in Rory McKenzie and Mitch Pinnock's strikes in the hosts' first win in 10 games. Chris Burke got Kilmarnock's other goal as they moved a point above Hamilton Academical, with Ross County a point in front of Wright's side.

Graham Alexander's Motherwell, who got level at 1-1 through Barry Maguire, are ninth - seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Motherwell players did not take a knee before the match and the club confirmed they would maintain that stance as they urged "those in power to take real and immediate action on racism".

Lafferty had opened his Kilmarnock account with a double in the defeat by County two weeks ago and the Northern Ireland international picked up where he left off.

The forward received Alan Power's pass on the right edge of the box with his back to goal, turned and fired past Kelly, who should have done better.

Motherwell were rattled but not for long. Allan Campbell crossed for Jordan Roberts, whose header was saved, but Maguire's rebound volley trickled in.

Brandon Haunstrup fired against the outside of the goal frame at the other end before Devante Cole was denied by Killie goalkeeper Colin Doyle twice in quick succession.

Kilmarnock got their noses ahead after the break when Lafferty's shot was deflected into the path of McKenzie, who rounded Kelly to score, and Burke finished emphatically from Pinnock's cross moments later.

Roberts volleyed wide as Motherwell's hopes faded and Pinnock put the result beyond doubt when he latched on to Lafferty's pass, lobbed Tyler Magloire and slotted through the legs of Kelly.

Man of the match - Kyle Lafferty

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The striker scored the opener and had a hand in two other goals.

What did they say?

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
"I'm really pleased for the players and supporters. We've had to wait a long time for a victory.
"It was important that we won, it was important we gave ourselves a chance to stay in this league. We showed a lot of quality and a lot of character to win the game."

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"I didn't feel we were at it. We did well to get back into the game but we didn't start in any great fashion.
"The goals that we conceded were extremely soft. It's a sore one for us. Unfortunately we've been found wanting again, against a team below us again and it's something that we have to address."

What's next?

Kilmarnock and Motherwell have Scottish Cup third-round ties scheduled for 3 April (15:00 BST) but both are waiting for their opponents to be confirmed.

Wright's men will visit either Peterhead or Stenhousemuir, while Motherwell are also away to either Formartine United or Annan Athletic. The remaining second-round matches take place on Tuesday.


Full time Livvy Hibs 1 - 1

Livingston manager David Martindale says his side will chase a fourth-place finish after their Scottish Premiership draw with Hibernian.

Both goals came in the first half as Christian Doidge's equaliser cancelled out Craig Sibbald's opener.

Hibs are now seven points clear in third, while Livingston stay fifth but are within five points of Aberdeen.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for us to chase fourth and it's one we're going to embrace," Martindale said.
"Hopefully when the split comes we get Aberdeen at home and it's an opportunity to get the gap down to two."

Livingston started the better of the two sides, with Allan Forrest and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas both seeing efforts go close early on.

Ofir Marciano saved well from Sibbald after he was played through by Emmanuel-Thomas, but Sibbald made the most of his next opportunity.

A long ball from Jon Guthrie appeared to be set up for a routine back pass for Ryan Porteous. But his header lacked the power to reach Marciano and Sibbald anticipated well to slam home from six yards.

Hibs reacted well, though. Kevin Nisbet nearly capped off a week in which he was called up to the Scotland squad for the first time but his half volley floated just wide.

The visitors continued to build pressure before the break and Joe Newell should have done better than shoot straight at Robby McCrorie from a promising position.

Hibs eventually equalised through Doidge, though. Full-back Doig hassled and harried Nicky Devlin and stole the ball on the bye-line before squaring to the striker, who couldn't miss from 15 yards.

Jack Ross' men maintained that momentum into the second period and only some heroic defensive work prevented them taking the lead.

Martin Boyle burst into the box and squared for Doidge, who was denied by Devlin's timely intervention on the line. Boyle followed up and also seemed nailed on to score, only for Jackson Longridge to replicated Devlin's clearance.

Both teams began to slow as the game neared a conclusion, with opportunities becoming more scarce. The best of those came for Nisbet, who would have scored a brilliant solo goal had his shot not trickled past the far post.

There were also cries for a penalty late on as Doig broke into the box but replays showed the young defender wasn't touched as he went down.

Man of the match - Craig Sibbald

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Although him and his side faded in the second half, Sibbald was easily his side's best player as they dominated the opening period.

What they said

Livingston manager David Martindale:
"We had created enough chances in the first half to go in at least a goal up. Over the 90 minutes, I think a draw is probably a fair reflection.
"I'm delighted for wee Sibbs [Craig Sibbald] he's been shunted about the park for us but I thought he was excellent today and deserved his goal."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"In the first half, we did well to hang into the game but we showed character to going behind. Second half, I thought we were excellent.
"At this stage of the season, against a tough opponent away from home and the other results today it's a good point for us."

What's next?

Livingston face either Stirling Albion or Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup next Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Hibernian also have cup duty as they travel to Queen of the South at the same time.


Full time St Johnstone Ross County 1 - 0

Callum Davidson challenged St Johnstone to claim a European spot after they snatched a Scottish Premiership's top six place in dramatic style with a late winner against Ross County.

The Perth side had not been in the top half of the division since September.

But Glenn Middleton's goal, coupled with Kyle Munro's late equaliser for Hamilton Academical against St Mirren, means the Perth men will finish in the top six for the second year in a row.

"[Europe] is the aim," said Davidson.
"I'm delighted we're there [top six]. It's like the cup final - once I'm there I want to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season. Hopefully we can go and do that."

St Johnstone are four points behind fifth-place Livingston, with that position guaranteeing a European Conference League spot next season should the Scottish Cup winners finish in the top four.

County, though, are now two points above bottom-of-the-table Hamilton and just one clear of the play-off spot after Kilmarnock's win over Motherwell.

Nothing less than a win would do if St Johnstone were to leapfrog St Mirren and their determination was clear from the beginning.

Ali McCann had a shot tipped wide, Shaun Rooney's flashing effort was deflected past, and Chris Kane latched on to a through ball but had his route to goal blocked by goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw.

The home side also delivered seven first-half corners into the box, but the Highlanders defended gallantly to keep themselves level at the break.

Laidlaw got his body behind Liam Craig's shot as St Johnstone continued to be the aggressors in the second half, though Coll Donaldson scooped a promising opportunity over the bar for the visitors.

St Johnstone kept coming, though. They had strong claims for a penalty when a cross hit the arm of Alex Iacovitti and, a minute later, Middleton got ahead of the defence but poked his effort wide.

But finally they broke the deadlock when substitute May burrowed into the box and cut back for Middleton, who turned and swept home from close range.

May had a free-kick pushed away as time ticked away with Callum Davidson's side still set to miss out on a place in the top six. But then news filtered though of that late goal at Hamilton.

Man of the match - Liam Craig

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Liam Craig (left) made everything tick for the home side as they bossed the midfield.

What did they say?

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"We played on the front foot and dominated most of the game. We had three glorious chances to score before we did and it got a bit nervy. Once the news came through it was 1-1 [at Hamilton], it got a big edgy.
"We were bottom of the league at one point but the lads have been terrific since the end of December. The players deserve this, they've worked unbelievably hard and have been a credit."

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"That's the worst we've been, there's no point in sugar-coating it. But they hung in, that's the only credit I could give them.
"We were second best all over the pitch. Had we got anything it would have been an injustice on St Johnstone. I've asked the players to show courage to keep this team in the Premiership."

What's next?

Both sides await their post-split fixtures, with the first of their games to be on Saturday 10 April.

The week before that, St Johnstone are at Dundee in the third round of the Scottish Cup, while Ross County will be at home to either Buckie Thistle or Inverness Caledonian Thistle.


Full time tims Rangers 1 - 1 no match report

And the SPL table after week 33

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

 

 

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31 minutes ago, sployal said:

Dug now 7 points in the lead above Bastion, BB reaches the 100 points mark and is sniffing up Bastions hole,

Now, I would never take anything for granted because certain shit can happen.........however Bastion is getting full 'fart blast' from me.....and Popeye is having to endure the 'Ulster Undercurrent'.....keep on sniffing lads is my hope.....lol

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