The Championship continues to be a division that can provide coupon bursting results, with leaders Hibs relying on a second half equaliser by Jason Cummings to secure a point against relegation battlers Ayr United at Easter Road. Earlier this season, Ayr defeated Hibs in Edinburgh and came very close at the weekend to completing an unlikely double.
It was no surprise last night that the Wee Team eventually sacked manager Gary Locke. After losing 1-0 at home to Morton, which extended their winless run to 14 games (including 6 consecutive defeats), Raith fired their manager. Locke was an unpopular appointment to begin with - unsuccessful spells in charge of Hearts and Kilmarnock did nothing to excite the Kirkcaldy public when he was appointed last summer. After a reasonable start to the season, Raith have not won a game since October. The Championship tables below show their decline: 2 points gained in the 9 match period between the tables below:
So who will be Raith's next manager? Names being mentioned include John Hughes, Steven Pressley and Darren Young. Prior to Locke, Raith appointed 2 younger managers (Grant Murray and Ray McKinnon) with mixed success - Murray was sacked after 3 years but McKinnon did an excellent job in his 1 season at Raith, before taking up the Dundee United job. Before that, the experienced John McGlynn was Rovers' manager, from 2006-2012.
Here are all the incoming transfers to Championship clubs during the January transfer window:
St Mirren have been the most active club, with 10 players signing, and 7 leaving the club permanently plus 1 on loan. Manager Jack Ross has overhauled his squad and will hope that what is essentially a new team will knit together quickly enough to climb out of the automatic relegation place.
In the past week, since the transfer window closed, Morton have signed Celtic striker Luke Donnelly on loan, and ex-Par Farid El Alagui has joined Ayr United. Loan deals and moves for out of contract players can still be completed outwith the transfer window.
Championship top scorers (League games only):
13 goals - Jason Cummings (Hibs)
12 - Stephen Dobbie (Queen Of The South)
9 - Tony Andreu (Dundee United)
8 - Nicky Clark (Dunfermline)
8 - Derek Lyle (Queen Of The South)
Odds to win the division (Ladbrokes):
Dundee United 7/2
Ayr have failed to win any of their last 13 League games.
Dunfermline's 11 game unbeaten run ended at the weekend. The Pars scored at least 1 goal in all of those 11 games, a sequence that also ended with the 2-0 defeat at Falkirk.
Dundee United and Morton are both unbeaten in their last 11 home games.
Falkirk have scored in all 10 of their home games.
1-1 is the most common scoreline in Championship games this season: 18% (21 games) of the 116 League games played involving all teams have resulted in that score.