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    No Rice


    We would have locked horns with one of our olde gaffers sidekicks this weekend as Inverness travel to the Fountain of Youth Stadium (NDP) in South Lanarkshire. Brian Rice was the man who took Accies down, and not before time if you ask me as they have been flirting with relegation for years, but he resigned in August. Former player and assistant manager Stuart Taylor is the man tasked with reshaping the Accies. Good luck with that. This one kicks off at 3:00pm on Saturday with Inverness looking to continue their tremendous start to the season and Accies looking to kick start theirs as they sit second bottom with only one win and two draws to their name so far.

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    Venue Head 2 Head Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 13 4 4 5 20 17 +3
    Away 9 6 1 2 15 10 +5
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 22 10 5 7 35 27 +8
    First Competitive Meeting
    Jan 25th, 1997 Scottish Cup (Rd 3) (H) 1 - 3
    Most Recent Competitive Meeting
    May 6th, 2017 League (H) 2 - 1
    Last 10 Competitive Meetings
    2 - 1
    0 - 3
    1 - 1
    1 - 1
    1 - 0
    0 - 1
    4 - 3
    0 - 2
    2 - 0
    4 - 2
    Biggest Victories
    Feb 22nd, 2003 Scottish Cup (4th Round) (H) 6 - 2
    Heaviest Defeats
    Jan 31st, 2017 League (A) 0 - 3
    Highest Attendance
    Jan 24th, 2015 League (A) 5,089
    Highest Home Attendance
    Aug 28th, 2010 League (H) 3,851
    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    1. Inverness CT 7 6 1 0 9 2 19
    2. Kilmarnock 7 5 1 1 8 1 16
    3. Arbroath 7 4 2 1 14 4 14
    4. Raith Rovers 7 3 2 2 11 9 11
    5. Partick Thistle 7 3 0 4 13 13 9
    6. Ayr United 7 2 2 3 7 8 8
    7. Q.O.S. 7 2 0 5 8 12 6
    8. Morton 7 1 2 4 5 10 5
    9. Hamilton Ac. 7 1 2 4 6 14 5
    10. Dunfermline 7 0 4 3 4 12 4

    Other fixtures this weekend, all 3:00pm on Saturday. 

    Kilmarnock v Raith - Chance for Raith to get in the mix.

    Morton v Arbroath - Can the Smokies keep the run going.

    Partick Thistle v Ayr Utd - Can Ayr leapfrog Partick into 5th.

    Queens v Pars - Also rans, time for Pars to get the finger out.

    Surprisingly, Accies have a better record than us at the Caledonian Stadium overall, but we have been more productive in the away fixture with six wins and a draw out of the nine fixtures. It's four years since our last meeting when we won 2 - 1 at the Caledonian Stadium in what was a difficult season for Inverness culminating in relegation. Brad Mckay and Greg Tansey scored for Inverness whilst Danny Redmond notched a late consolation for the visitors. However, three weeks later we were relegated :doh:

    From the Archives: Rare win for Inverness gives hope: Inverness threw themselves a slender lifeline with a deserved 2-1 win over Hamilton Accies in the relegation scrap at the foot of the table. It was only our second win in twenty-four games and our fourth of the season. This win closes the gap to Accies and Well to four points with only three games left. We should have been out of site by half time and Accies could have had no complaints had we been four or five up at the break. As it was, an early goal from defender Brad Mckay and a penalty by Greg Tansey was all we had to show from numerous attempts. Accies left a bitter sweet taste in the mouth as they notched a goal through Redmond with the last kick of the game as we got ourselves in a fankle. Pity about that but it was a welcome three points that gives us a glimmer of hope and keeps our premiership status alive for another week at least.

    Inverness dug deep last weekend to overcome a stubborn but mainly toothless Queen of the South 2-1 with goals from Sean Welsh and Michael Gardyne. Lee Connelly scored a stunner for Queens out of nothing. That victory put Inverness back on top of the table after Killie and Arbroath played out a scoreless draw on the Friday night. 

    Raith Rovers and Dunfermline played out a 1-1 draw in the rescheduled Fife derby on Wednesday night to bring the table up to matchday eight for everyone. Raith are up to fourth in the table with the Pars still bottom.

    Here's the three goals; all superb strikes...

    Accies only success this campaign was a 1-2 win over Queen of the South on matchday four. Their opening fixture against Raith Rovers offered much promise as they came from four nil down to snatch a dramatic 4-4 draw after scoring four goals in the final twenty-two minutes. Their last game was a 0-0 draw with Dunfermline at EEP, similar to us. Arbroath put four past them without reply three weeks ago. They have failed to score in their last three Championship matches. All this means that at the moment, like Dunfermline, they find themselves at the wrong end of the table.

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    Billy Dodds will have more choice this Saturday as Aaron Doran and Shane Sutherland remained on the bench last week after recovering from injuries picked up at Dunfermline.

    Stuart Taylor has had a few knocks to contend with over the last couple of weeks. Lewis Spence is out with a knee injury that Taylor hopes is not requiring surgery. Shaun Want,  Luke Matheson, Kieran MacDonald and Andy Ryan were all noticeably struggling and could be doubts for this weekend. Accies have secured Hearts defender Mihai Popescu on loan for the entire season. Striker David Moyo could return this weekend. Miko Virtanen is optimistic insisting "Accies are ready to inflict a first defeat on Inverness". He has based this on the number of opportunities Accies have created against Ayr United and Dunfermline and claims of being unlucky.

    Dodds looking forward to the Accies challenge

    Aaron Doran: 300 not out

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