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Ladbrokes Championship: Hard to see past Hibs and Falkirk this weekend

| 22.01.2016

The big freeze may have decimated the Ladbrokes SPFL last week with just five matches outside of the Premiership delivering a full 90 minutes of action, but this week things look more hopeful.

The Championship leaders have to wait until Monday to try and stretch ahead but the chasing pack will be in full action on Saturday.

Third-placed Hibernian host St Mirren in fine form in front of their own fans, winning 12 and drawing two of their last 14 matches at Easter Road.

If the Buddies are to cause a shock they are likely to keep it tight at the back as well, with their last five successes coming to nil, something chalked up at 10/1.

However with the Hibees in fine form, and the recent arrival of Anthony Stokes, it’s hard to look beyond Alan Stubbs’ men.

The signing of the former Celtic man may give the Leith outfit a big boost but the man to be on in the goalscoring betting is Jason Cummings.

He has found the back of the net 13 times, and with nine of those opening the scoring, he could be a good bet to break the deadlock at 10/3.

It might be wise to go with the form book at Livingston as well as second-placed Falkirk make the trip east.

The Bairns are unbeaten in 12 matches, and with Livi coming out on top in just one of their last nine, an away win could be a good price at 3/5.

There’s been a glimmer of hope of late for strugglers Alloa who have won their last two away games 1-0 and were 1-0 up when their fixture against Greenock Morton was abandoned.

The division’s basement side take on Queen of the South who have won one of their last six. Taking the Wasps +1 in the handicap betting at 17/10 could be tempting.

They need to start turning things around if they are to avoid the drop and this could be the weekend they do it.

The Saturday action in the second tier is rounded off with a tricky one to call when Raith Rovers host Dumbarton.

Rovers have only won one of their last nine and are in real danger of dropping out of the play-off spots, and while the Sons are capable yet inconsistent, this one looks like it could go either way.

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.