Live on Skysports 1 & 2: Sat 12.45 & Sun 12.15: Rangers and Celtic are the big draw in this weekend’s Scottish Cup 5th Round.
The last 16 of the Scottish FA Cup takes centre stage this weekend where the tie of the round is on Sunday where Rangers host old rivals Celtic. Bet365 are 7/5 about the Gers getting one over Celtic, who are a best-price 2/1 courtesy of .
With the pair set to meet in the League Cup Final, this will be round three of six meetings this season, unless this encounter finishes level and makes a replay (12/5, Coral).
The Bhoys were 2-0 winners at Ibrox only a month ago, and are 14/5 with Partybets to win ‘to nil’, although a safer bet could be for the away side to emerge one-goal margin winners at 10/3 (Stan James). The momentum certainly seems to be with Celtic, as they have won four of their last five cup clashes with Rangers, and are five points above them in the SPL.
Rangers will also be without Kenny Miller, which may allow Georgios Samaras to nip in and break the deadlock at 8/1 with Betfred – just as he did here last month.
Elsewhere, Hamilton entertain holders Dundee United in a match where the visitors are Betdaq’s 2.20 (6/5) favourites to win. Considering United have scored on their last 13 visits here, this can be marked down as an away win, with 2-0 and 2-1 scorelines priced at 9/1 (Paddy Power) and 15/2 (Totesport) respectively.
St Johnstone have been handed a good opportunity of making the quarter-finals with a home tie against Partick in which they are 888sport’s 1/2 jollies to get through without needing a replay.
The last time these two faced each other was in 2009 when a 1-1 was the outcome, and a draw this time around is 3/1 via Ladbrokes. However, much has changed since that Division One clash, as the Jags occupy the bottom half of that table, while Saints have improved and look capable of leading at the end of both halves at 6/5 (bet365).
Aberdeen can instead get back on the winning trail at home to Dunfermline on Sunday. The Dons are 12/1 with 888sport to lift the trophy, but must get past Dunfermline first, although that should be a formality according to Betdaq who chalk them up as their 1.53 (8/15) jollies on the betting exchanges.
In a match set to be streamed live on bet365’s site for anyone having a bet, the Pars only just scraped past Division Three side Montrose in the previous round courtesy of a replay – conceding five goals across both games. The Dons should be capable of winning this by a two-goal margin at 7/2 with Stan James, although more accurate punters seeking a correct score can get 6/1 with Betfred for a 2-0 home win and 12/1 for a 3-1 outcome.
Inverness also face a home tie against Morton where they are red-hot 4/9 favourites with William Hill to get through at the first time of asking.
Morton are seventh in Division One and know plenty about Caley having lost to them four times in that sphere last season. The home side won two of those matches by a three-goal margin, which is on offer at 13/2 with Paddy Power.