Live on BBC ALBA: Sat 15.00: Aberdeen are 8/1 (William Hill) to beat Inverness 2-1 while Celtic are 6/1 to sneak a 1-0 win at Ibrox
Aberdeen suffered their first defeat of 2012 at Motherwell last weekend, though this has not prevented Partybets from installing them as their even money favourites to overhaul Inverness at Pittodrie tomorrow.
While Skybet post 12/5 about the stalemate, it’s worth noting that the last dozen league matches involving this pair have each ended decisively – their last draw was in 2007. Choosing to select an outright winner could, therefore, make sense. Bet365 rate Inverness a 14/5 shot to claim three points and Paddy Power offers 9/1 against a 1-0 away success, but William Hill’s 8/1 for the Dons to register a 2-1 victory catches the eye.
Will Dunfermline’s first home win of the campaign come against St Mirren tomorrow? Betfred considers such a likelihood to be an 11/5 shot as the visitors are priced at 13/10 by Blue Square. More probable is the draw, marked at 5/2 by Ladbrokes as Stan James chalk 11/2 about a 1-1 finish.
Hibs and Dundee United have served up 10 goals in their two meetings this term, a record which adds appeal to Partybets’ 9/4 odds for their latest encounter to produce more than 3.5.
In stark contrast to Hibs and Dundee United, League Cup winners Kilmarnock and Motherwell have gone 180 minutes without scoring against each other this season, a statistic which explains the attraction of Blue Square’s 8/1 for the teams to serve up a third goalless draw of the campaign.
Killie open as Boylesports’ 21/10 underdogs as Motherwell start priced at 6/4 (Partybets). The fixture has produced just one home winner in the pair’s last six meetings and Skybet’s 6/1 for Motherwell to win 1-0 has proved understandably popular.
With just a single point separating St Johnstone and Hearts, it promises to be as close as usual when the pair meet at McDiarmid Park on Saturday. The Saints have emerged victorious from both league matches this term and this record, coupled with home advantage, ensures they head into the duel priced as Stan James’s 7/5 favourites to continue their quest to finish in fourth place.
Hearts are priced as BetVictor’s 2/1 underdogs despite beating the Saints in the Cup courtesy of a last minute penalty only last month. Yet they’ve failed to score 14 times this term, the SPL’s joint-worst record (with Hibs, ironically), hence William Hill’s 5/2 for St Johnstone to be the only team to score looks particularly attractive. Though the draw, marked at 23/10 (Boylesports) tempts, most backers anticipate a home victory and BetVictor.com chalks 7/2 about St Johnstone winning following a drawn opening half.
Ibrox promises to be its normal raucous self when Celtic visit on Sunday for the latest Old Firm fixture which should theoretically be close, but is usually surprisingly open. Only three of the duo’s last 20 SPL meetings have finished in stalemate.
Unusually, Rangers start as Skybet’s incredibly long 3/1 outsiders with Betfred marking Celtic as their even money jollies. Despite this price variance, Paddy Power makes ‘Gers 8/11 to win when handed a one goal start.