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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

More misery likely for Brechin as they head to Stenhousemuir

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Stenhousemuir can inflict more pain and misery on battered Brechin  in Saturday's opening league fixtures in Scotland.

The Glebe Park side became the first Scottish side for 126 years to go through an entire season without a league win in the Ladbrokes Championship last term, and they don't appear to have improved.

A 7-1 home Betfred Cup leathering from Dunfermline was ominous and although newly-promoted Stenny aren't anywhere near as good as the Fife outfit, they should still have enough to get the job done at their Ochilview home.

City lost only 2-0 at Dundee, but the Dens Park side didn't get out of first gear and Brechin keeper Conor Brennan had an outstanding game.

Brechin also have a couple of key suspensions in Paul McLean and Callum Tapping as well as a few injuries and manager Darren Dods is already looking at a patchwork squad, so Stenny should get off to a good start in Ladbrokes League One.

Hearts can christen Hamilton's new artificial pitch with a victory.
Craig Levein's side were superb last week against Inverness and flattened them in a 5-0 win, with four of the goals coming from crosses into the box.

Striker Uche Ikpeazu grabbed a brace and looks a strong, physical threat while Steven Naismith was a cut above the rest too.

It's doubtful whether Rangers target Kyle Lafferty will start, but Hearts look strong enough to beat an Accies side who are light in quality.

Manager Martin Canning has conceded he needs some new players in quickly and the capital club can take advantage by getting their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign off to a flyer.

Dunfermline have been scoring for fun in the Betfred Cup and can put down a marker in the Championship with a win at Tannadice against Dundee United.

United boss Csaba Laszlo was given a vote of confidence this week after a dismal Betfred Cup campaign but last week's 4-0 win at Elgin barely papered over the cracks.

The Hungarian has assembled a lot of new players and they seem to be struggling to fit into the pressure that comes with playing for a side who have flopped spectacularly recently.

The Pars have won four out of four and Myles Hippolyte and on-loan Dundee striker Faissal El-Bakhtaoui look to be an exciting partnership.

And they can gain revenge for their playoff defeat at the same venue last season.

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2pts 21-20 general
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