Live on ESPN & Skysports 4: Sun 12.00 & 14.15: St Mirren are set to face a Rangers side intent on rectifying last week’s draw.
Walter Smith’s men are unsurprisingly odds-on (1/3, Coral) to return victorious, but St Mirren did well in beating Aberdeen here last week, and some may find value in Betdaq’s 4/1 for the draw. A safer bet, though, maybe Totesport’s 11/10 for both teams to net.
Hearts also slipped up at home last weekend when 3-0 losers to Kilmarnock, and it is no surprise that they are 7/4 outsiders with Betfred in the live Edinburgh derby at Hibernian (13/8, William Hill) on Sunday.
Despite that loss, there could be merit in backing Hearts as they perform better on the road, while the Hibees have won just one of their last 10 matches. With the Jambos winning their last two clashes 2-1, a repeat scoreline at 9/1 (Partybets) could pay dividends.
Dundee United were the latest side to turn Hibernian over, and are looking more like the side that finished third last term. Peter Houston’s men can add another three points at Hamilton (2/1, Paddy Power) where they are 888sport’s 13/10 favourites.
Despite the Accies winning at Motherwell last time, they have yet to triumph at home, making the visitors interesting at 3/1 (bet365) to nick it by one goal.
A late goal denied Aberdeen a point at St Mirren Park last weekend and they will need to keep things tighter at Celtic where Ladbrokes make them their 12/1 outsiders.
The Dons have been poor on the road this season, and with Celtic winning three of their last four head-to-heads here 3-0, 2-0 & 1-0, investors may want to double their stake for them to win ‘to nil’ at evens with Paddy Power.
St Johnstone walked into a rampant Celtic at McDiarmid Park last weekend, but they can return to winning ways against Kilmarnock where they are 21/20 jollies.
Saints will need to be back to their best, though, as Killie were 3-0 winners at Hearts last weekend, suggesting a tight encounter. A narrow 1-0 home win could prove the shrewd punt at 7/1 (Stan James).
Inverness returned from Ibrox with their chests puffed out following a courageous draw and 888sport rate them as 11/8 favourites to see off third-placed Motherwell, who are just one point above them.
The hosts have only once failed to find the net in their last eight competitive games and are 14/5 (Partybets) to win, combined with two goals or less in the match.