Live on Skysports 1 & ESPN: Mon 12.15 & 15.00: Hearts tempt at 6/4 (Blue Square) to win at Hibs while Celtic travel to Dunfermline.
Scotland’s new year football action starts appropriately enough in Edinburgh where Hibs host a Hearts side who won 2-0 when the sides met at Tynecastle in August. And on Monday, Hearts arrive at Easter Road as Blue Square’s 6/4 favourites to secure another three points with Hibs offered at 2/1 by bet365.
Hearts have won five of the pair’s last eight meetings; the other three have been drawn, hence the understandable appeal of Ladbrokes’ 7/1 for the visitors to win 1-0, a wager that could be hedged with William Hill’s 11/2 posted about it finishing 1-1.
St Johnstone, who have an opportunity to go third in the SPL table should they beat Inverness and Motherwell lose at Ibrox, head to Inverness priced as Stan James’s marginal 6/4 favourites to register three points, with the home team offered at 8/5 by Partybets.
Only one side has scored in each of the pair’s last four meetings and Boylesports rates the likelihood of just one team scoring at even money. Elsewhere, Skybet marks the stalemate at an attractive 23/10, although only once have the pair drawn a league fixture. Nevertheless, Paddy Power’s 9/1 for it to finish goalless catches the eye.
Three of Aberdeen’s last four meetings with Dundee United have finished 3-1 and Betfred post 33/1 about the Dons repeating their October win over the Terrors by the same score when the sides meet on Monday. offer 11/1 against Aberdeen enjoying a two-goal margin of victory.
Four of the pair’s last nine duels have ended in stalemate and there has been considerable support for Partybets’ 5/2 chalked against the draw. Stan James post 11/10 against the first half concluding with honours even, while the 4/1 available at Ladbrokes for both halves to end level has proved understandably popular.
League leaders Celtic head to Dunfermline as Paddy Power’s 2/7 favourites. Celtic have emerged victorious in this fixture on 13 of the last 14 occasions and there could be merit in considering 14/5 for the Glasgow team to enjoy a one goal margin of victory as they did in November. The same firm offers 3/1 against Celtic winning by two clear goals.
Kilmarnock beat St Mirren on each of the three occasions they met last term, yet the Saints turned the tables with a fine 3-0 success when they faced each other in September. Despite this, St Mirren kick off as Blue Square’s 11/4 underdogs to register three points, whereas Killie start priced as Partybets’ 11/10 jollies. William Hill chalk 11/5 about Kilmarnock holding the lead at the end of both halves, an attractive wager for those who cannot see St Mirren repeating their September success.
How damaged are Rangers by their 1-0 defeat at Parkhead last Wednesday? They’re now 11/5 (Ladbrokes) second favourites to take the league title, although a considerably shorter 1/3 (Skybet) to overhaul Motherwell (9/1, Betfred) on Monday.
Rangers have won all six of their last half dozen meetings with Motherwell, scoring 24 goals in the process. Boylesports post 15/8 against it producing more than 3.5 goals on Monday, while offer 6/4 about the game’s total goal minutes exceeding 155.