Ladbrokes Championship: Hibernian juggernaut to continue on its path

The race for promotion from the Ladbrokes Championship took a major twist last weekend as Hibernian ended Rangers’ 100 per cent start to the season and put pressure on the early league leaders.

There was also movement further down the table as early-season basement club Livingston recorded a second straight victory.

How then, will things turn out this week? We preview the action…

Greenock Morton v Livingston

Livi have been on a resurgence, going from 10th place to 7th in two weeks, and now find themselves five points clear of bottom spot.

Opponents Morton themselves have won their last two, although they were both against the division’s bottom two sides.

The Ton have kept clean sheets in three of their five home league games, but with seven of the last eight meetings between these two at Cappielow seeing three or more goals, history suggests there could be plenty of action in this one.

Best bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 19/20

Queen of the South v Dumbarton

Queens are beginning to show some signs of a revival with a victory over Alloa only their second success in 11 games in all competitions.

Their record against Dumbarton though, is pretty strong, with the Dumfries side triumphing in 14 of their last 19 meetings with The Sons, losing just once.

Their visitors have lost 10 of their last 14 away games, so an addition to that record looks on the cards, but James Fowler’s side aren’t ones for big wins, with eight of their last 12 coming by a solitary goal.

Best bet: Queen of the South to win by 1 goal @ 27/10

Raith Rovers v Falkirk

Only Hibernian and Rangers have scored past Falkirk in their last six league games, so the hosts look to have a tough task on their hands.

However, Rovers’ 100 per cent home record was only ended a fortnight ago at the hands of Hibernian, and are usually a tough nut to crack.

The market suggests this one will be tight, and with four of the last five meetings seeing no more than two goals, this one could be decided by one piece of magic or a single mistake.

Best bet: Under 2.5 goals @ Evens

Rangers v Alloa Athletic

Gers may have seen their 100 per cent record brought to a shuddering halt last week, but they should still have more than enough to see off a struggling Alloa outfit.

Athletic bagged two draws against Rangers last term, but succumbed tamely in a 5-1 defeat back in August, and while a repeat looks likely, the 1/14 on a home win does not tempt.

Instead it could be wise to expect the action to come late with nearly two-thirds of Rangers’ goals at Ibrox this term coming in the second half, while 71 per cent of goals in Alloa’s away games have come after the players have had their half-time oranges.

Best bet: Highest scoring half – Second @ 17/20

St Mirren v Hibernian

The division’s form team head to St Mirren Park having won 11 of their last 12 games in all competitions – eight of them to nil – and looking like real title contenders.

The Buddies have made some management changes lately, with Alex Miller coming in to assist under-fire manager Ian Murray.

Whether he will have an effect on a disappointing start to the season for the Paisley outfit who have only won one of their last seven league games remains to be seen.

They will certainly have their hands full when October’s Manager of the Month Alan Stubbs’ brings his side to Greenhill Road.

Best bet: Hibs to win to nil @ 17/10

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.