Live on ESPN & BBC Alba: Sat 12.00 & 15.00: St Johnstone can cash in on a poor start for Rangers; Saints are 12/1 (Totesport) to win 1-0.
An encouraging opening draw at Aberdeen has set St Johnstone up nicely for the SPL televised visit of champions Rangers tomorrow lunchtime, where they are as big as 6/1 with Stan James to land all three points.
Considering the Gers’ confidence would have taken a knock courtesy of two winless mathces this term, Saints have to be of interest to nick this by a one-goal winning margin at Paddy Power’s 7/1, with a 1-0 correct-score on show at 12/1 via Totesport.
Punters also need reminding that the hosts brushed Gers’ aside here at McDiarmid Park only last year, adding more appeal to them emerging triumphant on the handicaps receiving a one-goal start at bet365’s 5/4. However, odds-on backers may be tempted into a two-goal head start in the hosts’ favour at Sportingbet’s 8/15.
Elsewhere, Hearts have the opportunity to build upon an impressive draw at Ibrox to move above Celtic – who are rested this weekend – when hosting Dundee United on Sunday.
The bookies have this clash going the Jambos’ way judged on Betdaq’s 2.0 (evens) odds for a home win, although some punters may favour United, who boast a fair record against their rivals. In fact, Peter Houston’s side have only lost one of their last eight meetings, making them value at Skybet’s 3/1 to win, although a safer option could be Ladbrokes’ 4/5 for the visitors to leave undefeated.
Kilmarnock (7/5, Partybets) lock horns with Motherwell (2/1, Boylesports) at Rugby Park in another tight-looking encounter, although the visitor’s 3-0 win over Inverness may see them as the better option, especially after winning during two of their last three visits here.
Investors finding it hard to split the pair, however, can acquire 9/4 with Betfred for a stalemate, where a 1-1 outcome is 5/1 via .
Aberdeen travel to St Mirren in search of their first victory of the new season, where the bookies find it hard to split them, with the Dons a best-price 13/8 via Stan James, and the draw a 9/4 call with Sportingbet.
Only one goal split the pair in five of their last six clashes, where both sides won two games, with two drawn. The Dons are therefore tempting, at 10/3 via Skybet, to win by a one-goal margin, while backers fancying a 2-1 victory can acquire 10/1 with Totesport.
Inverness will be keen to put an opening day shocker behind them when hosting Hibernian, and Betdaq certainly envisage Caley recording a first win judged on their 2.37 (11/8) quote.
Hibernian will also be lacking confidence having been turned by Celtic last weekend, plus Inverness did beat them in two of their last three meetings, notching six goals in the process. A 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 home win can be backed at Partybets’ coupled 11/5 odds.