Betrescue Director David Russell gives his weekly preview of all the weekend’s top flight action in Scotland.
With the SPL title wrapped up, attention turns to the foot of the table where any one of the bottom three could still be relegated.
For example, home advantage ensures that internet bookie Betdaq make struggling Kilmarnock their 13/10 favourites to secure a fourth consecutive victory over St Johnstone, while Stan James chalk 11/5 against an away success. As the Saints are safe, Ladbrokes’ 7/1 for Killie to score a 1-0 win cannot be ignored.
Meanwhile, Falkirk and St Mirren will be engaged in a genuine six-pointer with the home side installed as Totesport’s 13/10 jollies. Given what’s at stake, Partybets’ 5/2 for the match to end with honours even has proved popular, but the teams have drawn just twice in their last 14 meetings, a record which suggests a definite result is likely.
St Mirren are an attractive 9/4 (Stan James) to claim three points, but Paddy Power’s 7/1, chalked against a 1-0 home win and William Hill’s 8/1, posted in favour of a 2-1 Falkirk success catch the eye.
In Edinburgh, local pride is on the line at Easter Road where Hibs kick off as 888sport’s 13/10 favourites. Five of their last nine meetings have ended all square, a stat which adds appeal to bet365’s 12/5 for it to end level again and to Jaxx.com’s 8/1 for it to finish goalless. Ladbrokes post 11/2 about a 1-1 result and Betfred mark 12/5 in favour of a Hearts victory.
Since Hamilton and Aberdeen drew 1-1 at New Douglas Park in March, the Accies have lost just one of their subsequent eight league fixtures (against Rangers), a record which, frankly, makes their 11/4 odds to win (Victor Chandler) at Pittodrie tomorrow appear far too long. Totesport post 12/5 in favour of the stalemate and the Dons are Betfred’s 6/5 favourites, but given Aberdeen’s miserable campaign, backing Hamilton to win 1-0 (15/2, bet365) could pay dividends.
Finally, Celtic (4/11, William Hill) and Rangers (even money, Victor Chandler) should confirm their annual hegemony over the rest of the SPL with victories over Motherwell and Dundee United respectively.