Betrescue Director David Russell gives his weekly preview of all the weekend’s top flight action in Scotland.
The last seven matches involving Hamilton and Rangers have yielded an astonishing 32 goals and punters expecting that 4.5 goals-a-game average to be maintained (as it was in last weekend’s 6-goal Cup thriller) can get 13/8 (William Hill) against tomorrow’s duel producing more than three.
Hamilton have not beaten ‘Gers in a league match since 1938-39, hence Paddy Power price them at 8/1 to win tomorrow, whereas Rangers are Stan James’ 2/5 shots. Another draw is rated at 18/5 by bet365, but punters not expecting lightning to strike twice may fancy 888Sport’s 11/4 for Rangers to enjoy a two goal margin of victory.
At Tannadice, Dundee United host Hibs where Ladbrokes’ 12/5 for the match to end with honours even has been well supported.
The teams drew 1-1 in October, which means that seven of their last ten meetings have finished as stalemates. Not surprisingly then, Partybets’ 6/1 for tomorrow’s duel to end 1-1 has attracted punters, as has Victor Chandler’s 17/2 for it to conclude goalless.
Online firm Jaxx.com chalk 1/5 about a Celtic success when they host Falkirk at Parkhead. As Celtic are unbeaten at home, Totesport’s 2/5 for them to lead at the end of both halves cannot be discounted.
Hearts too (4/5, Betfred) should have little difficulty overhauling St Mirren at Tynecastle where a 1-0 home victory is priced at 6/1 by Jaxx.com, and though Kilmarnock’s duel with Motherwell promises to be much tighter, Totesport’s 6/4 for the home side to register a much-needed three points is bound to tempt.
Finally, St Johnstone may not have kicked a ball in anger since Boxing Day, but home advantage is enough for Betdaq to install them as their 13/8 favourites when they host Aberdeen tomorrow. The Dons have conceded just 8 away goals this term, yet are priced as Totesport’s marginal 7/4 underdogs, but William Hill’s 21/10 for the match to end all square has found favour with supporters of both teams.