Live on ESPN: Sun 14.00: St Mirren can be both buoyed and anxious about Celtic’s midweek defeat as they entertain the Hoops.
Following perfect starts for the Old Firm, cracks have started to appear of late with Celtic losing two of their last four in the SPL, offering hope to St Mirren on Sunday in their live televised clash where they are 9/1 (Paddy Power) to inflict more misery on Neil Lennon’s wounded men.
In fact, you only have to go back to March when the Saints handed out a 4-0 drubbing to Celtic, and while that scoreline cannot be expected again, they are more than capable of fighting out a draw at 5/1 with considering they have won two of their last three games.
Having despatched of Celtic in midweek, Hearts travel to St Johnstone (13/8) full of confidence tomorrow where they are marginal favourites with 888sport at 6/4, and where the stalemate is 23/10 (Totesport).
That win on Wednesday was the Jambos third success in four matches and their second straight 2-0 victory, and they are 11/1 with bet365 to repeat that at McDiarmid Park, where the home side have conceded six without reply in their last two outings.
Aberdeen have every reason to want to step up on recent efforts at faltering Rangers, where they are colossal 16/1 odds with Paddy Power to pull off a shock victory – something Hibernian achieved only on Wednesday.
You have to go back to the early-nineties for Aberdeen’s last league victory at Ibrox, but the players will draw heart from the fact that they beat the Gers this time last year when in a similar position – albeit at Pittodrie. However, Mark McGhee’s men did manage to nick a point at Ibrox last year, which is an 11/2 shot with , and where a 1-1 outcome is 12/1 (Ladbrokes).
Third-placed Motherwell (15/8, Coral) travel to Hibernian, who were 3-0 winners at Ibrox on Wednesday. Some punters maybe scratching their head as to where that came form as Hibbies lost their previous three, but they are 6/4 with Ladbrokes to follow-up.
The draw is 2/1 (Betdaq), but the hosts boss matters between the pair of late, winning three of their last five encounters, including a 3-2 win at Fir Park in August. Another high-scorer looks on the cards where Stan James are paying out 2/1 on four goals or more.
Killie have impressed on the road this term with 11 goals scored, while United have flopped three times at Tannadice – conceding more than they scored. A shrewd punt, therefore, could be the visitors scoring first at 8/5 (bet365), with a half-time lead 3/1 with Partybets.
Inverness are enjoying some better fortune of late, and line-up at Hamilton having lost just once in seven outings. Indeed, such a run has lifted Terry Butcher’s men up to a lofty position of fourth in the SPL, and they can still be backed at 14/1 with 888sport to win the SPL without the Old Firm.
They will have to get past Hamilton first, though, to justify such odds, and where Betfred surprisingly have them as their 13/8 outsiders. That is certainly a price worth considering, though, as third-from-bottom Hamilton have yet to win at New Douglas Park – losing four of their five matches and conceding 11 goals.