蘇格蘭超級聯賽精選。皮托德利的啞劇小人和珀斯的大比賽

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蘇格蘭超級聯賽精選。皮托德利的啞劇小人和珀斯的大比賽

趁着這個機會好好享受吧--在世界盃停擺之前,蘇格蘭超級聯賽只剩下三輪比賽了。

別管什麼技術,這裡有球場上的內容......

現在只有國內的成功才能拯救格拉斯哥流浪者的賽季--並平息對經理喬瓦尼-范布隆克霍斯特的不安--在歐洲冠軍聯賽的恥辱之後。

當格拉斯哥流浪者在缺席12年後回到大時代時,他們在小組賽中以最差的記錄被淘汰,這並不是他們所想的創造歷史的功績。

當格拉斯哥流浪者在英超聯賽中尋求喘息之機時,這塊磨刀石會不會懸而未決?周日,當范布隆克霍斯特帶着他的球隊在珀斯進行午間對決時,我們將開始找出答案。

格拉斯哥流浪者在上周末以4-1的比分擊敗了阿伯丁,可以說是他們本賽季最好的表現--這是他們在10場聯賽中第五次淨勝4球--他們比上個賽季同一階段的表現好了兩分。

然而,當時他們在積分榜上穩坐釣魚台,領先凱爾特人4分--這一次,他們落後4分,而且還在蹣跚學步。

儘管格拉斯哥流浪者自2010年以來在聖約翰斯通保持了15場不敗,但要想在聖約翰斯通取得勝利也不是易事。

卡勒姆-戴維森的球隊已經連續取得了兩場勝利,連續三場比賽將與近四年前的壯舉相提並論。盼望已久的主場戰勝格拉斯哥流浪者的胡蘿蔔,為他們增添了額外的動力。

珀斯人已經顯示出他們有能力提高他們的比賽,對陣老牌公司的對手--他們給了凱爾特人一個巨大的驚嚇,直到上個月在麥克迪亞米德公園球場屈服於一個第95分鐘的勝利。另一場引人入勝的比賽正在等待中。

我們才剛剛進入11月,但周五晚上,阿伯丁的啞劇季節提前到來,聚光燈將落在被認為是惡棍的瑞恩-波特斯身上。

這位希伯來人的後衛--一個出色的發條商人--在雙方之前的交鋒中贏得了一個可疑的點球,而利亞姆-斯凱爾斯被罰下後,被唐斯的老闆吉姆-古德溫指責為 "公然作弊"。

希伯斯以3-1贏得了那場暴風雨般的交鋒,古德溫因為他的言論而被停職。可以推測,阿伯丁在觀眾的支持下,現在已經開始報仇了。

波爾蒂亞斯--在他上一次於3月訪問皮托德里時被罰下場--將接受抨擊,並期待幫助排名第三的希伯來人將與唐斯的差距擴大到4分。

這位23歲的球員仍然鎖定在復活節路的新合同談判中,而這位蘇格蘭國腳的另一個令人印象深刻的表現將對他蓬勃發展的前景無害。

我們已經提到了,但范布隆克霍斯特真的可以做的不僅僅是一場勝利,而是在本周末有一個令人信服的表現,給任何來自伊布羅克斯支持的對他和他的團隊的懷疑潑冷水。

在上周六的英超聯賽中,一個成功的表現幫助他們輕而易舉地戰勝了阿伯丁,只是阿賈克斯在周中贏得了一場勝利。

在沒有歐洲比賽的情況下,格拉斯哥流浪者已經在國內表現出他們可以保持穩定。除了上個月主場對利文斯頓的平局之外,范布隆克霍斯特的球隊已經找到了取得成績的方法。這是在一月份轉會窗口打開之前必須要做的事情。

羅比-尼爾森是另一位在歐洲邊疆後回到國內的經理。上賽季排名第三的球隊在本賽季開始的幾周內威脅到了球隊的發展,但是傷病和擁擠的比賽日程表並沒有給尼爾森帶來任何好處。

在過去的14場比賽中,戈爾吉俱樂部只贏了4場,上周末在羅斯郡的勝利是他們自9月18日以來在聯賽中的第一次勝利。

在那一天,他們在菲爾公園擊敗了馬瑟韋爾,而周日阻礙他們的是鋼人隊。他們離第三名只有3分,但也可能在周末結束時離第十名只有2分。


Savour it while you can - there are only three more rounds of fixtures left in the Scottish Premiership before the World Cup shutdown.

Never mind the tech, here's what's in store on the pitch...

Only domestic success can rescue Rangers' season now - and quell unrest over manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst - after Champions League humiliation.

Bombing out with the worst ever record in the group stage wasn't quite the history-making exploits Rangers had in mind when they made it back to the big time after a 12-year absence.

Will that millstone hang heavy as Rangers seek respite in the Premiership? We'll begin to find out on Sunday when Van Bronckhorst takes his team to Perth for a high-noon showdown.

Rangers turned in arguably their best performance of the season last weekend with a 4-1 shellacking of Aberdeen - the fifth time in 10 league games they have netted four - and they are two points better off than they were at the same stage last term.

However, back then they were sitting pretty at the top of the table and four points ahead of Celtic - this time they are four adrift and spluttering along in fits and starts.

Victory at St Johnstone is no gimme, despite Rangers having gone unbeaten there since 2010, a 15-game stretch.

Callum Davidson's men have strung together back-to-back wins and three in a row would match a feat last achieved almost four years ago. The carrot of doing it with a long-awaited home victory over Rangers adds extra incentive.

The Perth men have shown themselves capable of raising their game against Old Firm opposition - they gave Celtic an almighty fright before succumbing to a 95th-minute winner at McDiarmid Park last month. Another fascinating contest awaits.

We're only just into November but pantomime season comes early to Aberdeen on Friday night where the glare of the spotlight will settle on the perceived villain of the piece, Ryan Porteous.

The Hibs defender - a wind-up merchant extraordinaire - was accused of "blatant cheating" by Dons boss Jim Goodwin after winning a dubious penalty as Liam Scales was sent off in the sides' previous meeting.

Hibs won that stormy encounter 3-1 and Goodwin is serving a suspension for his comments. It's fair to surmise that Aberdeen, backed by a baying crowd, are now out for revenge.

Porteous - sent off on his last visit to Pittodrie in March - will lap up the pelters and look to help the third-placed Hibees widen the gap on the Dons to four points.

The 23-year-old remains locked in talks over a new deal at Easter Road and another impressive showing from the gallus Scotland international will do his burgeoning prospects no harm.

We've already touched upon it, but Van Bronckhorst could really be doing with not just a win, but a convincing performance this weekend to pour cold water on any doubts over him and his team coming from the Ibrox support.

An accomplished performance helped them breeze by Aberdeen last Saturday in the Premiership, only for Ajax to cruise to a win midweek.

Without Europe in the way, Rangers have shown on the domestic front that they can be consistent. Apart from last month's draw at home to Livingston, Van Bronckhorst's team have found a way to get results. That's a must until the January transfer window creaks/slams/flies open.

Robbie Neilson is another manager returning to domestic duty after being on a European frontier. Last season's third-placed side threatened to roar out the blocks in the opening weeks of the season, but injuries and a congested fixture card haven't done Neilson any favours.

The Gorgie club have won just four of their past 14 matches in all competitions, with their victory at Ross County last weekend their first in the league since 18 September.

On that day they defeated Motherwell at Fir Park, and it's the Steelmen who stand in their way on Sunday. They are only three points off third, but could also finish the weekend two points off 10th.

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