The Scottish Cup quarter-finals takes centre stage this weekend where holders Dundee United host Motherwell (14/5, Totesport) in Sunday’s live lunchtime kick-off where they are Stan James’ evens favourites.
The Terrors won their last two home meetings with the Steelmen during the last 12 months courtesy of 2-0 and 3-0 scorelines, adding appeal to them winning 2-0 at Ladbrokes’ 7/1. Meanwhile, Partybets’ coupled odds of 17/10 for a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 home win is another option.
The fact Motherwell have a superior first-half record to United also brings 19/5 about the visitors holding out until the interval before a home win, while the hosts are 6/5 via Sportingbet to win the second half alone – a period of the match Motherwell won just once in 29 attempts.
Twenty-four hours prior to that tie is Brechin’s encounter with St Johnstone, where the Division Two side are 4.5 (7/2) with Betdaq to cause a shock.
A quote of odds-on to beat Brechin is not surprising considering City are 14 places below Saints in the respective divisions, although they do boast a proud record at Glebe Park, where they lost just once this season. Therefore, a tight encounter could be in store, with bet365 offering 11/4 for the visitors winning by a one-goal margin, while correct-score punters can acquire 7/1 via Betfred about a 2-1 away win.
These two have shared a home victory each so far this season, although the Dons did win three of their four clashes last season courtesy of a one-goal cushion and are 15/4 (bet365) to win by that margin.
Inverness face a stiffer task as they host Celtic on Sunday and are 7/1 with Paddy Power to emerge victorious after 90 minutes.
Those odds could look big, however, judging by their last encounter in November at Celtic, which resulted in a close 2-2 outcome. Another stalemate is 10/3 via Coral, with 2-2 a 25/1 shot (Stan James).
The Bhoys have also conceded in four of their last five away games, which could see the hosts strike first at 11/5, while the promise of goals could see three or more at Betfred’s 4/6.
The Gers won the last six meetings between this pair, scoring three times in the last meetings, and Sportingbet go 13/10 about the Glasgow giants netting three or more once again.