Live on ESPN: Sat 12.00: Celtic head to Aberdeen as 4/9 favs and are 13/2 (William Hill) to come away with a 2-0 victory.
Following their 1-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead last weekend, Celtic have now won every SPL match they’ve played (that’s 17 in total) since their impressive victorious sequence started, against Motherwell, in early November. Little wonder then that they’re Betfred’s 4/9 favourites to collect all three points at Pittodrie when they face Aberdeen.
The Dons, who have lost their last five against Celtic and are without a league win against the champions-elect since January 2009, kick off priced at 6/1 (Stan James) to cause an almighty upset and register three points. For many, the best Craig Brown’s men can hope for is a draw, offered at 3/1 by Skybet.
Punters who expect Celtic’s winning run to be extended can get 6/4 (bet365) about Neil Lennon’s charges winning when kicking off with a one goal deficit, while William Hill mark 13/2 against a 2-0 away victory.
Motherwell, meanwhile, continue to harbour ambitions of finishing second, an aspiration that should still be intact following their match at Dunfermline.
The Pars, winless at home, start as Partybets’ 4/1 outsiders to finally rectify that situation, with Blue Square offering Motherwell at 4/5 to secure maximum points and BetVictor.com marking the draw at 13/5.
Paddy Power chalk an attractive 11/8 in favour of Motherwell retaining a clean sheet while Betfred post 15/2 about them winning 2-0. Backers who suspect that this could be Dunfermline’s day can get 10/1 (Ladbrokes) against the home side winning 1-0.
Hibs and St Mirren meet at Easter Road with the two sides boasting a total of just three league wins between them all season, miserable records which suggest that Skybet’s 9/4 for it to finish with honours even looks one of the day’s best bets. Punters who concur can get 7/4 (Partybets) against it finishing goalless at half time, while Boylesports chalk 8/1 about the match ending 0-0 at 90 minutes.
There seems little doubt that Kilmarnock’s encounter with St Johnstone will be close and backers can get even money (Blue Square) against the opening half finishing on level terms and 7/2 (Paddy Power) against St Johnstone enjoying a single goal margin of victory.
The draw, offered at 23/10 by Boylesports, has attracted sustained support as has the 5/6 available at bet365 for the game’s total goal minutes to be less than 110. Meanwhile, Stan James rate the likelihood of both halves ending with honours even at 4/1 and Ladbrokes chalk 11/2 against a 1-1 outcome.
Rangers have failed to score on only four occasions this term, a statistic which, when account is taken of Hearts’ poor away goalscoring record (8 goals in 14 matches), adds to the appeal of William Hill’s 11/8 for Rangers to be the only side to score when the pair lock horns at Ibrox tomorrow.
BetVictor.com make Rangers their understandably short 4/7 jollies, whereas Paddy Power rates a Hearts success at 5/1. Not surprisingly, Rangers are massive favourites to open the scoring (4/9, Skybet), as Blue Square offer 6/1 against a 2-0 home win.
Finally, although Inverness are renowned for their dogged attitude and spirit, Ladbrokes appear to have got it spot-on when chalking 4/6 against a Dundee United victory on Monday. Partybets make the Jags their 4/1 choice – ideal for punters who enjoy backing long shots.