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Scottish Cup Final by the numbers

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Today's final game of the 2008-09 Scottish season is the The Homecoming Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Falkirk at Hampden Park.

Rangers are chasing their 33rd Scottish Cup victory, which would put them one behind Celtic's record 34, and Falkirk are after their third.

Rangers are also after an 18th domestic double, their 110th domestic trophy, while also trying to retain the cup they won last year by beating Queen of the South.

Dundee United v Rangers by the numbers

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This afternoon's potential league decider at Tannadice between Dundee United and Rangers is the 164th between the two sides.

Last year's title was won at Tannadice, by Celtic, and twice during Rangers' nine in a row run did they win the league at Tannadice - in 1990 and the last in 1998 - so bizarrely the Dundee United fans are rather used to seeing the league won there, although the one title they did win themselves back in 1983, they won just down the street at Dens Park.

Celtic v Hearts by the numbers

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Today's vital clash between Celtic and Hearts is the 276th League meeting between the two sides.

Celtic home record in this tie if very one sided, having won 84 of the 138 home games until now, losing only 19 with 35 draws - although it was only two years ago, in April 2007 when Hearts last won in Glasgow - which is also their last win in the tie too.

Hibernian v Celtic by the numbers

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Today's clash between Hibernian and Celtic is their 267th League meeting between the two sides.

Celtic have had the better of the clash both home and away, winning 154 times, drawing 63 times and only losing 49 times in the previous meetings.

Hibs have won one game against Celtic in each of the last three seasons, including this season - the last time they won two games against Celtic in a season was the 1992-93 season and since the 1975-76 season, where the teams play each other 4 times a year, there has never been a season when all home games have been won (which is the case so far this season).

Rangers v Aberdeen by the numbers

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Today's clash at Ibrox between Rangers and Aberdeen is the 255th League meeting between the two sides.

Rangers have the edge both home and away in this fixture, winning 76 at home against 23 loses (27 draws) and also away from home with 43 wins and only 38 loses (47 draws) - in total it's 119 wins, 74 draws and 61 loses so far for the Glasgow team.

Hibernian v Rangers by the numbers

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The game tonight between Hibernian and Rangers is the 267th League meeting between the two sides.

Hibernian have won at least one game against Rangers in each of the last three seasons, having not taken a point off them for the three seasons before that.

Hibs have not had the better league record in meetings between the two teams since the 1989/90 season when they won 2, lost 1 and drew one - and haven't gone undefeated against Rangers since the last time they only met twice, back in 1974/75.

Celtic v Dundee United by the numbers

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Tonight's game between Celtic and Dundee United is the 164th League meeting between the two sides.

Celtic have had the better of Dundee Utd, both home and away, and haven't lost to United since August 1999!

That's 32 games with a win for United, during which Celtic won 21 games in a row between 1999 and late 2005.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Hamilton by the numbers

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Today's clash between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hamilton is only the 4th time that the team have ever met in the League competition.

Before this season, Caley and the Accies had never met in the League, having missed each other due to promotion/relegation similarities over the seasons.

Rangers v Celtic by the numbers

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This afternoon's Old Firm derby game between Rangers and Celtic is the 292nd League meeting between the two sides - obviously the most played game in Scottish football, and the only game to be played in every season in Scottish league history.

Both teams have the better of each other at home, Rangers with 70 wins, 41 draws and 34 loses at home - Celtic with 61 wins, 42 draws and 43 loses at home.

Hearts v Hibernian by the numbers

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Last night's Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibernian was the 250th League meeting between the two sides.

Hearts failed to win any of the League games against Hibernian for the first time since the 2000-01 season, and the two points they have taken off Hibs this season is their lowest total since the 1976-77 season (in which they also took two points from the four games).

Rangers v Hearts by the numbers

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For the second time in three seasons, Rangers take on Hearts for the third time at home, and with only victory at Ibrox in 13 seasons (May 2004) the odds seem in Rangers favour - this game is the 275th League meeting between the two sides.

Hearts haven't had the better of Rangers in a League season since 1985-86, the year Hearts lost the league on goal difference - so given this year's results so far (one win each, one draw), Hearts have the chance to achieve this.

Aberdeen v Celtic by the numbers

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Today's afternoon clash between Aberdeen and Celtic is the 257th League meeting between the two.

Up until the early 90s, Aberdeen had a better record against Celtic at Pittodrie, but since then have lost this, in fact until winning this season they hadn't won since December 2001, only 1 victory in 12 games at home - during this spell, in the 1999-2000 season Celtic scored 23 goals in the 4 games against Aberdeen, including 5-0 and 6-0 wins at Pittodrie.

Rangers v St Mirren by the numbers

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Rangers take on St Mirren today at Hampden Park in the first 2009 Homecoming Scottish Cup semi-final.

There have been 17 previous games between the two sides in the Scottish Cup, including two finals and four semi finals.

Rangers won both of the finals, but in the 4 previous semi-final meetings, Rangers have won 3 and St Mirren one - their only ever victory over Rangers in the competition.

St Mirren v Hibernian by the numbers

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Tonight's game between St Mirren and Hibernian is the 202nd League encounter, one of the longest running ties - with the first game coming in September 1895!

Both sides have enjoyed more success at home, St Mirren winning 49 games to 29 losses - while Hibs have won 60 times in Edinburgh, losing 18 times.

Hearts v Celtic by the numbers

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This afternoon's meeting between Hearts and Celtic will be the 275th league meeting between the two teams.

The history makes it the 2nd most played league game in Scottish football, after the Old Firm - this is due the Hearts playing Celtic before the suspension of the 1939-40 season and therefore playing once more than Hearts/Rangers.

St Mirren v Rangers by the numbers

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Tonight's game between St Mirren and Rangers is the 218th league clash between the two sides.

This game is one of the oldest league meetings, since both teams were founder members of the Scottish League back in 1890 - only these two, Celtic and Hearts are in the top flight, with Dumbarton being the other team still in existence, all 5 others are gone.

Falkirk v Rangers by the numbers

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Today's game between Falkirk and Rangers is the 150th League meetings between the two sides.

Rangers have dominated the clash, both home and away, as the table below shows. Rangers have won over 70% of the games (109 of the 149 to date), with Falkirk only winning 16 games overall.

At Ibrox, Falkirk have only won twice, in 1910 and in 1925 and despite having 14 wins in Falkirk over Rangers - they have only won twice in the last 43 years, with the last victory came in December 2006, at the new Falkirk Stadium, ending a 35 year wait!

Dundee United v Hibernian by the numbers

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Today's clash at Tannadice, is the 156th League meeting between Dundee United and Hibernian. The statistics are very even, with Hibs edging it 55-54 wins overall, and 46 draws - both sides have won 35 games each at home, details are table below. In the 1979-80 season, Dundee United won all four games (the only time one [.

Partick Thistle v Dundee by the numbers

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Partick Thistle play Dundee today, in the 177th meeting between the two sides, and the game is live on BBC Alba. The sides first met in 1897, and both had long spells in the top division together, giving the meeting more familiarity than any other fixture in the current First Division. Both sides have had more success [.

Dundee United v Celtic by the numbers

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Dundee United take on Celtic at Tannadice today, in the 163rd league encounter betweens the two teams. The first meeting on 19th September 1925, was a narrow 1-0 win for Dundee United, but they have only won 23 of the 80 games since at Tannadice, and only 8 times at Celtic in total. United had good success [.

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Fast Facts about Sochi Winter Olympics

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Sochi - Considered the longest city in Europe (approximately 92 miles), Sochi is a resort destination in the Krasnodar Krai territory.This is the first time Russia will host the Winter Olympics; the Soviet Union (USSR) hosted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow.

When:The Winter Games will be held February 7-23, 2014.

Did You Know?

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Here's introducing another new weekly feature at Premiership Talk: Did You Know? Of course the primary purpose of following football is to enjoy watching exciting games as the action unfolds. However, the same players that put on a show for the fans on the field are actually involved in several significant activities off the field that not every fan is aware of.