Stuart McCall’s boys have flown out of the blocks this season, winning three and drawing one of their opening four and water tight ‘Well have also yet to concede a goal. However, they face a huge test to cling on to top spot today as they host champions Rangers and indeed, Ally McCoist’s men are odds-on at 4/6 with Stan James to give the Fir Park faithful a reality check.
The hosts are priced at 5/4 by Partybets to retain their unbeaten record and Paddy Power make them 11/2 to card what is considered an unlikely victory but the latter is a big ask, despite the ‘Gers energy-sapping European exertions on Thursday and punters should instead risk their hard-earned on the draw at 3/1 with Skybet.
The Steelmen shipped 19 goals to Rangers in their four league games last term but given how well they’re defending at the moment, this could be a clash that produces fewer than three goals in total (10/11, Sportingbet).
Boylesports’ 6/1 for it to finish one-each catches the eye then and with McCall’s troops set to keep things much tighter against the Light Blues than they have done over the pair’s last half-dozen meetings, the opener is even money via Betfred to arrive after the 27th minute.
Nevertheless, Rangers striker Steven Naismith certainly knows how to find the net against the Steelmen having helped himself to five in the five league and cup clashes between the two last season and he’s 6.0 (5/1) with Betdaq hurt them again by breaking the deadlock. Jamie Murphy meanwhile, has already bagged a couple this season and Skybet quote 3/1 for him to slot in this one at some point.
At Parkhead, bet365 rate Celtic at just 1/5 to send St Johnstone home empty-handed, although Betfred offer a more attractive 4/7 for the Hoops to triumph by at least two clear goals. Finally, Hearts have to dust themselves after their Europa League mauling against Spurs, but they could be set for more misery at Killie, who are 13/8 at Totesport to follow up their crushing victory over Hibs, with another win.