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SPL Predictions: Saturday September 22 2012

Celtic v Dundee

It’s a case of after the Lord Mayors show for the champions as they host Dundee three days after tackling Benfica in their opening Champions League tie. And following a stuttering start to their SPL campaign which has resulted in them occupying fifth place Neil Lennon will be determined his side take maximum points from this encounter.

The hoops were poor last Saturday, going down 2-1 at St Johnstone, and will need to up their game whilst former Celt Barry Smith will be keen his team can perhaps take advantage of any lingering after effects the hosts will feel following their midweek exertions.

The Dens Park outfit have already taken the scalp of Hearts so have shown they can upset the apple cart but Celtic should be too strong. Prediction: 2-0 to Celtic

 Dundee United v Hearts

United will have to do without the attacking strengths of skipper Jon Daly and exciting young prospect Gary Mackay-Steven for this clash. However their opponents have not been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks, two consecutive defeats to Dundee and St Mirren have dented the confidence of the men from Gorgie.

Peter Houstons men go into this game on the back of a 0-0 stalemate at home to Ross County and will be looking to take advantage of Hearts poor form but I see a share of the spoils at Tannadice. Prediction: 1-1 draw

Hibernian v Inverness Caley Thistle

Second top Hibs have been the surprise team of the season, tipped by many as probable relegation contenders Pat Fenlons side go into this match on the back of an impressive five game unbeaten run. However much of their good fortune has been as a result of the prolific form of striker Leigh Griffiths who is rated doubtful so Terry Butchers ICT will be boosted if he does not make it.

Its been a dissappointing, yet not unexpected, start to the season for the Highland outfit who have yet to record a victory. But I don’t see that changing at Easter Road though the absence of Griffiths may be factor in ensuring they grab a point in this match. Prediction: 1-1 draw

Kilmarnock v St Mirren

Eighth place Killie host a St Mirren side full of confidence following last weeks truimph over Hearts. Kenny Shiels men though have been inconsistent only winning once this term, a 3-1 victory against Dundee United, and the Rugby Park faithful will be hoping this is a game which will see them record a much needed second win.

However I think the Paisley men will do enough to see that does not happen. Prediction: 2-1 to St Mirren

Ross County v St Johnstone

The Perth Saints make the journey up to Dingwall on the back of a fantastic win against Celtic so boss Steve Lomas will be hoping that surprise result will kick-start what has been a difficult season for his troops.But they will have to do something which no club has achieved for 40 matches, defeat Ross County.

Derek Adams Staggies are on a terrific run but he will be keen they start finding the back of the net, six games in and only two goals scored.

I expect a tight contest with the hosts coming out on top. Prediction: 1-0 win for Ross County

Aberdeen v Motherwell

Table topping Motherwell travel north for this Sunday lunch time clash boosted by the news manager Stuart McCall is keen to extend his stay at the Fir Park club. Despite producing decent performances their opponents have failed to win a match on their home patch so far and Craig Brown knows the importance of his Dons side starting to turn good showings into victories.

But it will be easier said than done as Browns former team are playing full of confidence and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run, something I forecast they will achieve in a game littered with goals. Prediction: 2-2 draw

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