The SPL Relegation Battle: How Will It Be Decided In March & April?

The SPL Relegation Battle: How Will It Be Decided In March & April?

The title race is looking all but sealed in the Scottish Premiership, but when it comes to the relegation battle, March and April couldn’t be bigger as a number of clubs begin to throw the kitchen sink at staying up.

Three clubs are currently batting for one spot, safe above the relegation zone and good results over the next few weeks are going to be integral to that.

The start of spring is always a huge month of sport, with the Six Nations, football and even the likes of March Madness in college basketball a major world event.

Plenty of inspiration can be brought if you know how to live stream March Madness, with fight and gutsy performances the order of the day. And if there’s one thing St Mirren, Dundee and Hamilton Accies are going to need, it’s that.

The way the Welsh transformed Cardiff into a fortress in the rugby can be a point of strength for fans, who will play their own part in survival too.

St Mirren currently lie bottom of the pile, seven points from safety, but positive results against Livingston, Hearts and Aberdeen in recent weeks has shown some signs of hope. Their victory against Livingston was their first clean sheet since December.

Dundee are also suffering a poor run of form, which has seen Hamilton drift from them and the club getting deeper and deeper into the drop zone.

The club have lost four games on the bounce, and next up is a huge match with the bottom of the league St Mirren on March 30.

Hamilton are in the driving seat and in reality the only other team who could find themselves playing Championship football next season. They’ve won two of their last three though, which has boosted confidence and they’ll be looking to secure a few more points before the league splits.

Before The Split

There are just three more games before the league splits, with St Mirren having four, and claiming as many points as possible is going to be a huge advantage going into the split.

Martin Woods, the 33-year-old Dundee midfielder, is keen to secure six points from nine, with a win over St Mirren, a game which is very much the definition of a proverbial six-pointer.

St Mirren must first play their game in hand against a St Johnstone side who themselves haven’t won since January. A win there could take them above Dundee and just four points from Hamilton, with it all to play for.

They take on each other on the last day of the season before the break, in another fixture which will have a huge say in how the relegation battle plays out.

There’s faith St Mirren can rekindle the form the showed in the Championship and pull off an almighty escape.

However, they do face tough opposition in Celtic on April 3, but the both Dundee and Hamilton don’t have it easy either with Dundee taking on Aberdeen and Hamilton facing a tough away trip to Kilmarnock in that time.

Remaining Fixtures Before The Split

March 27, 2019:

St Johnstone v St Mirren

March 30, 2019:

Kilmarnock v Hamilton
St Mirren v Dundee

April 3, 2019:

Livingston v Hamilton
St Johnstone v Dundee
St Mirren v Celtic

April 6, 2019:

Dundee v Aberdeen
Hamilton v St Mirren

The Outlook Before The Split

The fixtures make the outlook going into the split incredibly interesting and could set up one of the most dramatic run-ins for some time.

With St Mirren taking on both relegation rivals, their future is almost in their own hands and significant wins will be a huge boost and the sort of impetus they need to survive.

Alternatively, should Hamilton continue to pick up wins over the next three games it makes it almost an impossible task for Jim McIntyre and Oran Kearney to claw back.

Dundee need the final day to see points dropped by Hamilton to give them a glimmer of hope, while Kilmarnock and Celtic can both do them favours as they look to secure top spot and European qualification.

The rest of March certainly is going to be madness and it isn’t going to settle any during April either. There will be twists, turns and a three way battle that’s almost impossible to call.