Live on ESPN & Skysports 4: Sat 12.00 & Sun 12.45: St Johnstone welcome back Celtic for the 2nd time in 4 days. Full SPL preview.
An SPL top-six slot was claimed by St Johnstone following their victory at Hamilton last weekend, and they will be looking to follow that up at home to Celtic – their second encounter in four days.
Saints line-up at 7/1 with Betdaq in the live game and will need to overcome an 12-game losing streak against the Bhoys, who are Paddy Power’s 4/9 jollies, after winning 3-2 at McDiarmid Park on Wednesday.
The draw will be popular at 16/5 (Partybets), though, especially as Neil Lennon’s troops will have last weekend’s loss to Rangers in their minds, and Sam Parkin could take advantage in breaking the deadlock at 9/1 (Totesport).
Two victories in the past week would have lifted Mark McGhee’s spirits and his side can carry that momentum into their trip to St Mirren where they are 888sport’s 11/8 jollies.
Recent history suggests that another victory is on the cards too, as the Dons tuned over the hosts in three of their four clashes last season where they won the last of those at St Mirren Park 1-0 in May.
Inverness face a much harder task when travelling to Rangers where they are 14/1 outsiders to inflict a first defeat of the season to the Glasgow giants.
The Gers will be on good terms with themselves following last weekend’s win at Celtic, but let us not forget that Caley won 1-0 on their last visit to Ibrox only last year and have yet to be beaten on their travels in the league this season.
Few would argue with those odds as the visitors are winless since August and have failed to score at Fir Park in their last three visits. Bet365 go 11/8 about another clean sheet, while Paddy Power are risking 15/8 for the Well to win ‘to nil’.
Dundee United will need to beat Hibernian (11/4, ) if progressing from seventh, where bet365 make them 21/20 favourites.
Despite United losing to Hibs at Tannadice Park in May, they failed to lose against them in their previous six, where they emerged two-goal margin winners on two occasions. A repeat this time is 5/1 (William Hill).
Although Jim Jefferies’ men have been inconsistent at Tynecastle, Killie are not in the form to take advantage having last won six outings ago. Hearts won both meetings here 1-0 last season and a repeat is 6/1 (Stan James).