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  1. Yep - the scenario outlined gives them an extra away game at Hamilton and one of Livingston/St Johnstone. Hamilton still need an extra home game, so the most efficient solution would be to send Dundee to them for a third time. Of course, they may want to avoid this to ensure the three teams in the relegation picture play each other home and away twice, in which St Johnstone would go to Hamilton for a third time instead.
  2. From what I've worked out, the most efficient way (minimal number of fixture changes) to ensure every team has an equal home/away split is to have the following fixtures for a third time: Hamilton v Dundee Livingston v Dundee Motherwell v Livingston OR St Johnstone v Dundee Motherwell v St Johnstone However, in the past the SPFL has managed to come up with more convoluted solutions, so it wouldn't surprise me if this isn't the case.
  3. Replace 'Accies' with the team you support and you have arguably the worst cliché in Scottish football. "If ever a team was on a bad run and needed a result, they're guaranteed to get it against us!" - fans of every club.
  4. There's an awful smell of piss in here!
  5. If I've worked this out correctly, on the basis of a purely geographical north-south divide, the teams with corresponding seedings should be as follows: North Dundee, Dundee United, Ross County, St Johnstone Brechin City, Dunfermline Athletic, Falkirk, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Alloa Athletic, Arbroath, Cove Rangers, Cowdenbeath, East Fife, Elgin City, Forfar Athletic, Montrose, Peterhead, Raith Rovers, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion South Hamilton Academical, Heart Of Midlothian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell Livingston, Partick Thistle, Queen Of The South, St Mirren Airdrieonians, Albion Rovers, Annan Athletic, Ayr United, Berwick Rangers, Clyde, Dumbarton, Edinburgh City, Greenock Morton, Queen's Park, Spartans, Stranraer The cut-off point is between Cumbernauld and Grangemouth, with Falkirk being the most southern-based team in the North section and Clyde the northern-most in the South. The only problem with this is that the higher concentration of southern-based teams gives a slight advantage to some teams in the North; for example, Morton are unseeded in the South section despite finishing higher in the Championship than Brechin who would be second seeds in the North section. In any case, it seems unlikely to work this way as last year we had the geographical anomalies of Hearts in the North section and Edinburgh City in the South despite Tynecastle being geographically further south than Ainslie Park and Falkirk featuring in the North with Stenhousemuir in the South despite Ochilview being further north than The Falkirk Stadium.
  6. Interesting to see Hearts get the short straw and have to visit Ibrox for a third time. They've never had an uneven split of home/away games in the past but will now, whereas Aberdeen and Hibs are both 'up' by a 20/18 split each, but neither of these imbalances have been rectified by the fixtures. I can see the argument that Hearts aren't involved in the race for second place like Aberdeen and Hibs but would be somewhat disappointed in the circumstances given both sides' historical advantages. The arrangements for the bottom six are downright bizarre. Thistle going to Perth for a third time was obvious, but the additional changes for St Johnstone are unnecessarily convoluted. Not complaining, as we have the advantage of 20 home games to finally make amends for our 18/20 split in 2009/10, but the 19/19 split for all other teams could also have been achieved by sending Ross County to Dundee instead of switching two additional St Johnstone games.
  7. We will most likely get the third trip to Dens to balance out last season's situation when Dundee had three games at Fir Park. Funnily enough we had three away games at Celtic Park in the 2009/10 season when we were on the wrong side of the imbalance. As for the top six, Kilmarnock will certainly be at Ibrox for a third time, and most likely Aberdeen as they have had three 20/18 imbalances and only two 18/20 splits or Hibs as they have had one imbalance of 20/18.
  8. So perfect that in the 20 seconds or so he was on he managed to capture the third goal!
  9. According to our website there will be no cash turnstiles in operation for the game. Seems a bit strange as this isn't usually the case at Rugby Park. Does this mean we'll have to get tickets in advance from Fir Park or will there be a ticket office in operation on the day at Rugby Park?
  10. Would like to see us revert to a 4-4-2 for this one. Samson McMillan Heneghan Ferguson Hammell Ainsworth Lasley McHugh Frear McDonald Moult This arguably suits our players better with Hammell playing in his natural position and McHugh given a chance to influence the game from midfield - he is too good to be wasted at centre back. If County play Gardyne and Dow as wing backs this could work in our favour with Ainsworth and Frear having the freedom to run at them as neither are particularly defensive-minded players. Could really do with the win here but with our home form it's hard to see it happening - score draw looks on the cards.
  11. St Johnstone would be due to play Partick Thistle and Rangers at home and Aberdeen, Celtic and Hearts away, but by the time of the split they'll only have played 16 home games so one of those away games would need to be switched to give a 19-19 split. Hearts is the obvious one since to balance out last season's arrangements.
  12. Thistle are actually likely to be the beneficiaries of the imbalances caused by the split this year. No changes are required for Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers whose fixtures will work out with a 19 home/19 away split by playing the teams they are due to play home and away respectively. St Johnstone are due an extra home game and Hearts an extra away fixture, and with St Johnstone having had three games at Tynecastle last season, the obvious solution would be to send Hearts to McDiarmid Park for a third time. Thistle have already played 17 home games but would be due Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers at home, and since all three don't require any changes it looks like Thistle will end up with 20 home games.
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