Having produced an enthralling 6-3 victory at Kilmarnock prior to the international break, Inverness will be keen to attack Celtic’s back four at the Caledonian Stadium where a win could put Caley in mid-table should other results go their way.
Yet the hosts, open as Ladbrokes’ 13/2 underdogs to claim a maximum haul, whereas the Bhoys, aided by a host of internationals, have been installed as 1/2 favourites.
However, one advantage of Caley’s lengthy match win odds is also evident in the game’s handicap market where they’re 7/4 (bet365) to win when handed the benefit of a one-goal start. It might take an artificial strike to decide the winner – the most popular outcome in the correct score market is 1-1 offered at 8/1 by Stan James; a 2-2 score is chalked at 18/1 (Betfred).
A wounded St Johnstone side travel to Rangers’ Ibrox in a bid to show that last weekend’s defeat was just a blip on what has so far proven a successful campaign. Despite losing their last four encounters with the Glasgow giants, Boylesports’ 11/1 could be enough to tempt some punters into backing the Saints to pull off a famous victory.
There’s every reason to be optimistic – only Rangers themselves have a better record than Derek McInnes’ men on the road this season where they have been beaten just once, yet the visitors can still be backed at a juicy 11/4 at Skybet to win with a one-goal start, while Paddy Power post 10/11 for them winning with a generous two-goal start.
However, given that Saints managed just two goals in their last three matches, few punters are anticipating a goalfest where 2.5 goals or less can be backed at 11/10 (Stan James). Surprisingly, thgough, the match draw at 9/2 (Partybets), has attracted some attention.
Suitably refreshed following a three-week break, Aberdeen return to action with the visit of Motherwell, a side who are experiencing a superb season that sees them sitting in third place.
However, having been beaten 2-1 by Celtic on their final outing before the international break, the Well still have some work to do ahead of this clash in which Betdaq make both sides 2.5 (6/4) shots to triumph. However, given Craig Brown’s men managed nine goals in their last four outings, punters are understandably expecting a goalfest where 3.5 goals or more is marked at 13/5.
Elsewhere, Dundee United (7/5, Sportingbet) and Hearts (15/8, Boylesports) are both encountering disappointing campaigns, and may therefore cancel each other out at Tannadice where a draw looks the safest option at Paddy Power’s 23/10. A stalemate could also be the outcome at Easter Road via 12/5 where Hibernian (6/4, bet365) welcome Kilmarnock (3.0, 2/1 Betdaq), while St Mirren will be a home ‘banker’ for many at Totesport’s 8/11 against Dunfermline (4/1, Skybet).