Live on Skysports 1: Sat 12.45: Rangers are 5/1 (Totesport) to beat St Mirren 2-0 away while Celtic are 2/1 to beat Kilmarnock by 3+
Despite Aberdeen’s impressive record against Inverness (they’ve won seven and lost only one of their ten league duels with the Highland side), they still kick off as Ladbrokes’ 2/1 underdogs to secure three points on Saturday. It means that although Thistle have managed just a single win in their last five home matches, online firm Betdaq offer them as their 1.5 (6/4) favourites, while Betfred post 12/5 against the draw.
The pair have not played out a draw since 2007 and while the Dons have held the upper hand since then, three of their last four encounters were settled by a single goal. Punters searching for hints from these statistics may fancy Skybet’s 10/3 for Aberdeen to win by one goal, while contrarian types may prefer Stan James’s 10/1 chalked against a goalless draw.
There were groans aplenty in Perthshire when Dunfermline inflicted a 1-0 home defeat upon St Johnstone back in August, although it really should not have surprised anyone. This fixture has favoured the away team for some time now; indeed, there has not been a home league success since 2001 and only one home league win in the pair’s last 15 meetings.
It’s a trend bookies expect St Johnstone to continue, with bet365 installing them as their 6/5 favourites to secure three points as the Pars, without a home win all season, kick off as Boylesports’ 3/1 underdogs. Partybets post 12/5 against the draw.
Despite three successive defeats, the Saints have won eight of the 11 matches where they’ve kept a clean sheet. They’re 5/2 at to retain a clean sheet on Saturday and 7/2 (Sportingbet) to win while preventing Dunfermline from scoring.
Rangers have beaten St Mirren 150 times in the league and although the pair drew 1-1 at Ibrox in August, the champions’ impressive away record (they’ve won 15 of their last 16 away league matches) means their 2/5 price (Paddy Power) to register another victory looks wholly justified. Stan James offers 11/10 about Rangers leading at the end of both halves, while a 2-0 away win is priced at 5/1 by Totesport.
Third-placed Motherwell travel to Tynecastle tomorrow boasting an excellent away record – they’ve lost only once on the road all term. Yet they’re priced as Skybet’s 13/5 underdogs to secure another win despite losing only once to Hearts (5/4, Ladbrokes) in their last seven league encounters. A 1-0 away win is offered at 8.5 (15/2) by Betdaq.
In mid-October, Kilmarnock held a 3-0 half time lead over Celtic at Parkhead only for the home side to claw their way back and draw 3-3. Few expect any repeat tomorrow when Celtic, 2/7 () to win are 2/1 (Boylesports) to win by three clear goals. Bet365 give Killie an artificial two goal start and price them at 5/6 to win…
Finally, Dundee United and Hibs have served up 22 goals in their last seven meetings, adding appeal to Partybets’ 21/20 for the fixture to yield more than 2.5 goals tomorrow. Home advantage ensures that United start as Paddy Power’s 5/6 jollies, but there has been steady support for the draw, offered at 13/5 by Sportingbet. A 1-1 outcome is priced at 11/2 by Totesport, while Betfred post 10/11 about both teams scoring.