Dunfermline host Morton today in a clash of the first- and third-place clubs. As home team Dunfermline should be favourites, but you will recall that Morton have yet to lose an away game. The Pars need to win this one to get back in promotion contention. And Morton had better make sure they win today, because Partick are playing Airdrie at Firhill, almost a guaranteed three points for Thistle.
Dunfermline versus Morton 21.3.87.
Partick Thistle played one of their games in hand on Tuesday, beating Hamilton 1 - 0. They enter today's play five points behind Morton with two games in hand.
How many points do Morton need to earn promotion? One more than Partick. Okay, try it this way: how many points have the past ten First Division champions earned? 79, 70, 73, 65, 76, 66, 76, 75, 70 and 81, for an average of 73.1. Morton are on course to finish with 73.5.
Rangers Reserves have won the Reserve League. Morton Reserves, with a game in hand, can do no better (or worse) than second.
Dunfermline Fact: the "bluid red wine" was in all probability Buckfast.
[The Ton beat the Pars 1 - 4. Morton goals by MacDonald (2) and Tidser (2). Partick win against Airdrie, so Thistle remain five points behind with two games in hand. Airdrie have been mathematically eliminated from the First Division championship race.]
The Japanese football season begins today with the playing of the 2013 Super Cup between J-League title holders Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Emperor's Cup winners Kashiwa Reysol. Both clubs have won this super trophy once already, Kashiwa last year, and Hiroshima in 2008. [Sanfrecce win 1 - 0.]
Tomorrow it's the Derby della Madonnina, as Inter Milan host AC Milan. [1 - 1.]
Dunfermline Fact: Dunfermline Athletic are called the Pars because none of them has ever shot better than 72.