Live on ESPN & BBC ALBA: Sat 12.30 & 15.00: St Johnstone are 13/2 (Blue Square) to shock Rangers while Celtic are 6/1 to win 2-0.
Bookies expect Celtic’s remarkable form to continue when they host Dundee United tomorrow. Neil Lennon’s men have won every one of their last ten SPL fixtures and Paddy Power price them at 1/4 to make it 11 straight victories at the Terrors’ expense.William Hill make Celtic 2/5 to take the SPL crown this season, while ahead of tomorrow’s duel, Stan James offer them at 6/1 to win 2-0 as Skybet consider the chances of the Hoops enjoying victory by a margin of three or more goals to be a 7/4 shot.
At McDiarmid Park, Rangers start as Betfred’s 8/15 favourites to secure three points whereas St Johnstone open as Blue Square’s enormous 13/2 underdogs. Given that on current form (based on the last eight matches), the Saints are level on points with Rangers, that price looks quite frothy, yet Partybets post an equally huge 14/1 about a 1-0 home win.
Rangers have lost three of their last seven SPL fixtures and armed with this information, punters may consider that the 8/1 odds available at BetVictor.com for St Johnstone to enjoy a one goal margin of victory represent good value. Those who believe there’s little likelihood of a goalfest can get 10/11 at bet365 about the game’s total goal minutes being less than 120.
Only twice in the last eight league meetings of Aberdeen and Kilmarnock have both sides managed to score and William Hill’s attractive 9/4 for Craig Brown’s men to be the only team to find the net at Pittodrie tomorrow has proved popular.
Kilmarnock, offered at 5/2 (Ladbrokes) to win, have an awful away record. They’ve managed only one win on the road this season, scoring just seven goals in ten away fixtures. Two of those goals came at Pittodrie in September when Aberdeen fought back from two down to draw 2-2. A repeat of that scoreline is priced at 14/1 by Boylesports
Punters are hardly likely to be shocked when they learn that third-placed Motherwell are BetVictor’s even money favourites to secure three points when they host Inverness.
However, no SPL team has scored fewer home goals than Motherwell (7), a statistic which suggests that if Inverness can frustrate their opponents, garnering at least a point from this fixture is not out of the question.
Punters who concur may fancy supplementing their wagers by considering the draw in a variety of guises. Ladbrokes offer 5/2 against the match draw, while bet365 post 15/4 in favour of it ending as a score draw.
At Tynecastle, Hearts (4/5, Boylesports) are 8/15 with Stan James to open the scoring against St Mirren. However, no SPL team has failed to score more times than the Jambos, a record which adds appeal to Paddy Power’s 7/1 for St Mirren to win without conceding.
Finally, the SPL’s two bottom sides meet at East End Park where Dunfermline are Betfred’s marginal 9/5 underdogs to overcome Hibs (13/8, Blue Square). The Pars have won three and drawn two of the pair’s last five meetings, with each of their victories being by a 1-0 margin. Another 1-0 win for Dunfermline tomorrow is priced at 6/1 by Skybet, while Partybets offer the draw at 12/5.