Live on Skysports 1: Sat 12.45: Rangers are 6/4 to win at Dundee Utd and Boylesports’ 16/5 for them to win by just one catches the eye.
As financial matters continue to unravel at Ibrox, Rangers’ playing staff must continue to concentrate on winning football matches, although they’ll have their work cut out when they travel to Dundee United on Saturday despite having twice overhauled United in the SPL this term. Rangers kick off as Paddy Power’s marginal 6/4 favourites, while the home side, who defeated Rangers in the Cup, open as Ladbrokes’ 15/8 outsiders.
It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the Terrors will improve upon their current fourth place in the league table, but punters expect them to have a good crack at beating Rangers again tomorrow lunchtime – they’re 10/1 with Partybets to register a 1-0 win. Yet Rangers have failed to score only four times this season and Boylesports’ 16/5 for them to win by one goal catches the eye. Not surprisingly, the draw, priced at 12/5 by Betfred, has been well supported, though for slightly more precise backers, Stan James offers 7/2 against it finishing as a score draw.
Aberdeen, who have lost only once since early December, defeated high-flying Motherwell in the Cup last weekend, yet head back to Fir Park for a league encounter as bet365’s 11/4 underdogs. Following last weekend’s duel, four of the pair’s last five meetings have finished 2-1, three of which have been in Motherwell’s favour.
Home advantage ensures that Motherwell start as BetVictor’s 11/10 jollies, with the draw available at 12/5 (Ladbrokes). The stalemate cannot be discounted and Skybet offer 4/1 against both halves ending on level terms. Motherwell, who have kept a dozen clean sheets this term, are 13/8 (Paddy Power) to retain another, and 17/2 with Stan James to record a 2-1 victory.
Tomorrow’s match between St Johnstone and St Mirren at Love Street is laden with enough statistical quirks to keep even the most dedicated anorak happy.
Unusually, three of the pair’s last four league meetings have ended goalless, while each of their last five matches in all competitions have been distinguished by the home team’s inability to score. There has not been a home win in this fixture since December 2009.
Bookies, unsure about how to interpret these statistics, appear to anticipate a comfortable home victory – St Johnstone kick off as BetVictor’s lengthy-looking 2/1 underdogs to overhaul the Paisley side. St Mirren won 1-0 at McDiarmid Park in October and this time around they’re William Hill’s 8/5 favourites to register another maximum haul.
Hearts have won six of their last seven SPL matches against Hibs, so it’s no surprise to see them priced at 5/6 with Blue Square to win Edinburgh’s derby on Sunday.
Hibs, who last beat their nearest rivals in May 2009, are 4/1 with Boylesports and bet365 mark the draw at 13/5, but backers have been happy to take advantage of Betfred’s 6/1 posted in favour of a 1-0 home win, while Paddy Power offer 15/2 about a 2-0 Hearts victory.