Celtic’s defeat at Rangers was certainly costly for the Hoops in terms of suspensions but it did no damage when it comes to Neil Lennon’s men clinching the SPL crown, only delaying the inevitable. Nevertheless, in-form St Johnstone could ensure the Champagne stays on ice for a while longer, Steve Lomas’ side a decent bet to get something from their trip to Parkhead this afternoon.
Admittedly, the hosts are BetVictor’s emphatic 1/3 favourites but no team, and that includes the Old Firm pair, has lost fewer matches on the road this term than Saints, who are 9/1 via William Hill to rack up a fourth straight win and 4/1 with Coral to claim a share of the spoils.
The draw certainly appeals given the resilience of the Perth outfit and Boylesports offer a generous 9/1 for it to finish one-each. Skybet meanwhile quote the Perth outfit at 12/5 to swerve defeat at the hands of the soon-to-be champions and as they are the only side to have beaten Lennon’s boys in their own backyard this season, you wouldn’t write them off.
Ladbrokes hand Lomas’ charges a two-goal start in the handicaps at an appealing 4/6 and they’re capable of keeping things tight enough to ensure the contest produces fewer than three goals, an outcome bet365 chalk up at even money.
Despite the potential for a low-scoring affair, there is one man that looks great value to find the back of the net. Saints striker Fran Sandaza has helped himself to a goal in each of his last three games to take his tally to 18 for the season and the Spaniard is 7/2 courtesy of Paddy Power to notch for the fourth successive match at some stage. Alternatively, Sandaza is a chunky 10/1 (Stan James) to break the deadlock.
Inverness boss Terry Butcher had some harsh words for his players after their midweek reverse against St Johnstone and with that criticism ringing in their ears, Caley Thistle are worthy favourites at 11/10 with Blue Square to get the better of the struggling Hibees. The visitors meanwhile, haven’t scored in three league matches and on that basis, it’s worth considering a modest flutter on the hosts to win ‘to nil’ at 11/4 (Paddy Power).
Celtic and St Johnstone to draw – 4/1 (Coral)
Fran Sandaza to score at any time – 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Inverness to beat Hibs – 11/10 (Blue Square)