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With Celtic all but out of the title race after Rangers went 13 points clear yesterday, Chris Hutcheon reckons Falkirk could be more the value today
The Hoops won the title in 2007 having lost six matches but eleven points adrift of the ‘Gers with as many games to play and half a dozen defeats to their name already, they’re an unlikely 12/1 with bet365 to repeat the feat this time around.
Four of the points dropped by Tony Mowbray’s men have been against the rock-bottom Bairns, who have held them to two draws and Falkirk are set to make life difficult for the demoralised Hoops again this afternoon.
Steven Pressley’s side are Victor Chandler’s 9/1 outsiders and they’ll fancy their chances against their sorry-looking visitors, Betfred’s unappealing 2/5 favourites, who have already seemingly expressed concern about the state of Falkirk’s pitch.
There could be a suggestion that Celtic don’t fancy it then and certainly another stalemate at 4/1 (Betdaq) is possible, although home fans might be better served backing their side at 11/5 with Paddy Power to register either a win or a draw.
The Bairns can certainly trouble an unconvincing Hoops rearguard and indeed they’re a banker at 5/6 with Partybets to get on the scoresheet, with Pedro Moutinho at 10/1 (Totesport) to open the scoring their most likely candidate.
The deadlock could be broken early in proceedings too, as has been a common feature in matches involves Mogga’s troops; 888Sport offering 7/4 for the first to arrive inside the quarter-hour but the bet of the day is undoubtedly in the handicaps, where the Bairns are a cracking 4/5 to overcome Celtic when benefitting from a two-goal start.
A run of two defeats in nine, one of those against Celtic, has put Dundee United in the driving seat in the race for third and they’re a tasty 10/11 with William Hill to ensure they’re one step ahead of the competition by beating Hearts.
The misfiring Jambos have drawn a blank in three of their last five on the road and lacking firepower they may struggle to breach United’s defence. A Terrors clean sheet at 27/20 (Jaxx.com) is likely then while Paddy Power make Peter Houston’s charges a cracking 21/10 to win to nil and Ladbrokes price them at 7/1 to notch twice without reply as they did when the two met at Tannadice on the season’s opening day.