The Terrors will need to step up on last season’s form against their rivals, though, as the Saints came out best with a victory and two draws. Another tight encounter could lead to punters taking Ladbrokes’ 7/1 for a 2-1 home victory, although a narrow one-goal winning margin is also on show at 5/2 via bet365.
One interesting result that appears when glancing back at past games between the pair, however, is the 0-0 outcome in August 2009, as it was the only goalless encounter in 11 meetings. With the remaining 10 matches all producing two goals or more, odds-on punters may take Stan James’ 4/11 about 1.5 goals or more.
The Well have certainly kept things tight at the back this term with none conceded, although Hearts have leaked one goal in each of their first three outings. With that in mind, the hosts are 13/2 with Sportingbet to win 1-0.
The final say goes to the home side’s John Sutton, who netted a brace when the pair last met in April, and is 13/8 with Betfred to make it three goals in two games against the Jambos.
Aberdeen play in front of the cameras for their first home game in the SPL this season, in which they are Paddy Power’s 9/1 shots to see off Celtic.
The Dons will need to step up what they have shown so far, but the fact Celtic have not been in SPL action since the opening day, along with their friendly defeat to Swansea, may allow the hosts to score first at Sportingbet’s 14/5.
Elsewhere, more nervous punters concerned that Aberdeen have yet to score this season can wager a home win on the handicaps receiving a generous one-goal lead at Skybet’s 5/2.
Dunfermline host Inverness in a fixture that Caley remained unbeaten in during four games two seasons ago, adding appeal to their 15/8 (Boylesports) odds to land all three points at East End Park. With two of those victories coming without the pars replying, some backers can get 7/1 with Totesport for the visitors to nick a 1-0 win, although another option is Partybets’ 14/5 for a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 victory.
Past history between the two sides also shows that seven of their last nine meetings produced just two goals or less, allowing odds-on punters to get involved with bet365’s 8/13 for 2.5 goals or under during the 90 minutes.