Live on BBC Alba & SS4: Sat 15.00 & Sun 12.45: Get on Nikica Jelavic to open the scoring for Rangers , 11/4 with Ladbrokes, against Hibs
Rangers will be keen to stretch their lead at the top of the SPL when hosting Hibernian (11/1, Partybets) on Saturday, and it is no surprise to see the Glaswegians marked up as Boylesports’ red-hot 2/9 jollies. Even hotter, however, is frontman Nikica Jelavic who netted in three of his last four games and wets the appetite at Ladbrokes’ 11/4 to open proceedings.
Celtic have to wait until Sunday for a chance to make ground on the Gers, though the bookies are expecting Neil Lennon’s troops to take all three points at Hearts (4/1, Skybet), according to 8/11 quote.
However, with Celtic’s shaky defence leaking nine goals in their last five away games, the shrewd bet could for both sides scoring at Stan James’ standout 20/21.
St Johnstone may have gone down at Hibernian in midweek, but having now netted four goals in their last two outings, they can be expected to trouble a Kilmarnock side on Saturday that leaked five in their last two outings.
It is somewhat surprising then to the men from Rugby Park marked up as the bookies’ 5/4 jollies (bet365), though Saints’ punters can take advantage of Betdaq’s generosity in making the visitor’s as big as 3.5 (5/2) to land a maximum haul.
Inverness also need to land an essential three points this weekend when hosting St Mirren, and the bookies certainly give them hope via Sportingbet’s 31/20 about a home win.
While Caley may have lost their last two away games to Dundee United and Celtic, which are not the easiest places to visit, it has to be remembered that Terry Butcher’s men were unbeaten in their previous two home encounters. Add to that, the fact Caley beat Saints 1-0 in their last clash here in May and it is easy to see why the hosts have been backed to repeat that scoreline at bet365’s 6/1.
Elsewhere, Dundee United (11/10, Totesport) host Motherwell in a fixture that saw the pair clash a staggering seven times last season. With a minimum of three goals recorded in the last four of those, Betfred’s 5/6 about 2.5 goals or more this time around could pay dividends.