Live on ESPN & BBC ALBA: Sat 12.00 & 15.00: Rangers head to Dunfermline as 1/3 favs and are 5/1 with Stan James to win 2-0.
Without a home win all season, it’s difficult to see bottom club Dunfermline suddenly producing a magical performance which sweeps Rangers aside when the sides meet at noon on Saturday. Bookies are clearly thinking along similar lines, hence Blue Square’s enormous 10/1 price for the Pars to win – even the draw is offered at a chunky-looking 17/4 by Partybets.
Rightly, Rangers start as Skybet’s 1/3 favourites and as they’ve conceded just six goals on the road this term, the likelihood that their defence will not be breached either – a 2-0 Rangers victory is priced at 5/1 by Stan James.
Inverness may have taken 14 points from their last eight matches, but they travel to Parkhead as Boylesports’ 14/1 underdogs. Celtic, who open as William Hill’s 1/4 jollies, have won all but two of their 12 home matches and there appears little likelihood of Thistle denting that record, although Ladbrokes’ 9/2 marked against a stalemate catches the eye.
Celtic are clearly well placed to secure maximum points and BetVictor’s attractive 14/5 for them to enjoy a two goal margin of victory cannot be discounted.
Aberdeen may have won just two matches away from Pittodrie this term, but they boast an excellent record when travelling to Easter Road where they’ve won two and drawn two on their last four visits. Nonetheless, Hibs kick off as bet365’s 8/5 favourites with the Dons available at 15/8 (Stan James).
Craig Brown’s men beat Hibs 1-0 as recently as December and a repeat of that outcome is marked at 7/1 by Boylesports.
There has been no home success in the previous six fixtures between Kilmarnock and Hearts, a statistic which adds further appeal to Betfred’s 13/8 posted about a Jambos success tomorrow. Two of those six have finished level and Blue Square rate the probability of it ending with honours even this time at 9/4.
Yet Kilmarnock have been difficult to break down at home this term and their 19/10 odds (Paddy Power) to secure three points look a little over-cooked. Hearts’ poor finishing away from Tynecastle continues to hamper their chances of securing a European berth, but the 7/1 available at Ladbrokes for them to win 1-0 is worthy of further consideration.
St Johnstone’s goalless draw against Dundee United at Tannadice in October was the third time the pair have drawn in their last four meetings, a run which adds to the attractiveness of Paddy Power’s 12/5 for tomorrow’s match to end with honours even.
The draw has attracted plenty of support across a variety of markets. For example, William Hill post 9/2 in favour of both halves ending on level terms and Ladbrokes chalk 11/2 against a 1-1 result. Meanwhile, Stan James’ 7/2 for the fixture to end as a score draw has also caught the attention of punters expecting the teams to cancel each other out.
Third-placed Motherwell scored a 90th minute winner to sink St Mirren when the sides met in August, but despite continuing to impress away from home, they head to Love Street tomorrow as William Hill’s 15/8 outsiders.
That will surprise many punters who would not have expected to see the Saints installed as Partybets’ 7/4 jollies. A sizeable volume of punters have opted for the draw (23/10, Skybet), while bet365’s 11/2 for Motherwell to emerge victorious following a drawn opening half has attracted steady support.