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The fourth round of the Scottish Cup gets underway this weekend and we take a look at some of the stand-out matches on Saturday afternoon.
Aberdeen v St Mirren
This would be the standout match of the weekend were it not for the Edinburgh derby clash between Hearts and Hibernian on Sunday afternoon. Second-placed Aberdeen take on Championship leaders St Mirren in what looks set to be a thrilling clash, however can the Paisley side emulate their impressive league form in this competition or will the Dons continue their decent home form by sending the visitors home with nothing for their troubles? Aberdeen may not have been enjoying the best form prior to the winter break, however they have impressed in front of their home fans and we'll be backing them to win on Saturday and keep a clean sheet into the bargain.
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Albion Rovers v St Johnstone
St Johnstone slipped into the lower reaches of the Scottish Premiership table prior to the winter break thanks to some underwhelming performances and this is certainly a match in which they can put to an end a poor run which has seen them win just two of their last seven games. Albion Rovers are struggling in League One with just one win in twelve outings, this largely being down to a pretty dire defence and with no clean sheets since August, we expect a relatively easy win for St Johnstone at Cliftonhill.
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Celtic v Brechin City
Celtic may be flying high in the Scottish Premiership but they went into the winter break on the back of a disappointing December. They lost 4-0 to Hearts earlier in the month and were forced to a share of the spoils by Rangers and Hibernian, however no-one is pressing the panic button just yet and there is no evidence to suggest that they will slip-up in their pursuit of another domestic treble. The Hoops added this season's League Cup to their list of trophies and they will have few problems taking a step closer to the Scottish Cup when they lock horns with Championship whipping-boys Brechin City in the fourth round of the competition.
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Dundee v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Dundee remain firmly in the danger zone in the Scottish Premiership but they helped their cause no end when they beat St Johnstone 2-0 in their final match before the winter break and we believe that they edge their way past the Highlanders in this fourth-round clash at Dens Park. Thistle have been pretty under-par in their first season back in the Championship, however recent results have hinted that they may yet make an impact on the promotion race. Can they emulate this improvement in their Scottish Cup campaign? We don't believe so and given that Caley have been struggling to grind out wins on their travels, we'll be siding with the hosts to edge themselves past the visitors in this fourth round clash.
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Motherwell v Hamilton Academical
These sides headed into the winter break having just faced each other in Premiership action, Hamilton coming out on top at Fir Park. Indeed Motherwell's form prior to the break was pretty dismal and on this occasion we'll be siding with the visitors to edge their way past their local rivals. The Accies have suffered just three defeats in their last eleven games across all competitions and Motherwell have gone nine matches with our a single win, therefore we envisage the visitors claiming all the spoils at Fir Park.
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