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Another topsy turvy weekend in the SPL.


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By Graham Barnstaple
November 18 2012

Of the teams who started in the top six this weekend, only Celtic managed a win, with Motherwell and Dundee coming up with surprising big wins.

Kilmarnock were the first top six side in action on Friday night as they travelled to Tannadice to take on Dundee Utd. Despite having a couple of two goal leads, 0-2, 1-3 they still managed to only take a point as United mounted a late comeback.

 

The early kick off on Saturday saw Celtic travel to Pittodrie to take on a confidentAberdeenside. The home side knew a win would put them top of the table, and that convinced many lapsed Dons fans to turn our and almost fill Pittodrie.

 

But as Celtic often do they stepped up the pace when someone appears to threaten their crown, and in the end they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners to allow them to move back top.

 

Hibs were looking to overtake Celtic as they travelled toDensParkand blew that by losing 1-3 asDundeemade it two wins in a row. The Dens men are now starting to put pressure on St. Mirren at the bottom of the table.

 

The Saints didn’t help their cause as they lost 0-1 to beleaguered Hearts, in another game that drew a large crowd as the Hearts fans looked to secure the future of their club.

 

In the other Saturday game top six St. Johnstone were held to a 1-1 draw byRossCountyatMcDiarmidPark. The big shock result came on Sunday when Motherwell travelled toInverness.

 

The shock wasn’t that Well won, but that they won so easily by five goals to one.Invernesshadn’t lost since Motherwell beat them back in September and had looked a solid top six side. This defeat actually saw them drop out of the top six and into seventh place.

 

For me this has made the SPL much better to watch this season, with Celtic not yet having broken away (although that will happen either just before Christmas or in the early part of the New Year) andDundeenot detached as many thought they would be.

 

It makes predicting results difficult week in week out, and as many managers say when they have their first eleven out they feel they can beat anyone and we are seeing that every week.

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