Dundee United could go third in the table, for a couple of hours at least, should they beat Hearts at Tannadice on Saturday, an outcome rated an even money shot by BetVictor.com.
United have beaten the Edinburgh side on each of their last five meetings – on four occasions, they have done so without conceding a goal. Little wonder that Ladbrokes’ 7/4 for United to retain a clean sheet has proved popular.
Hearts head to Dundee as Paddy Power’s 3/1 underdogs, but it’s difficult to see anything other than a home win and not surprisingly, Stan James’s 9/1 for the Terrors to win 2-0 has been well supported.
Dunfermline led Aberdeen 3-1 with nine minutes remaining when the pair met in November, but the Dons fought back to draw 3-3. Bet365 chalk 12/5 against another draw when the teams clash tomorrow, with Blue Square posting 6/1 about a 1-1 outcome.
Kilmarnock and Inverness produced some fireworks when they faced each other at Rugby Park on Bonfire Night, with Caley running out as 6-3 winners. Coral rate Thistle at 13/5 to register another away victory tomorrow, although Killie kick off as Paddy Power’s 13/10 favourites.
Though they suffered an untimely 2-0 defeat at Dundee United’s hands last weekend, St Johnstone have an opportunity to put the cat amongst the pigeons by overhauling high-flying Motherwell tomorrow.
St Johnstone won 3-0 on their last visit to Fir Park in September and punters expecting another flurry of goals can get 8/11 (Paddy Power) against the fixture yielding more than 2.5 goals.
History could be made on Sunday lunchtime when the Old Firm meet at Parkhead. There are concerns it could be the last-ever encounter involving the Glaswegian giants, so few expect it to be a low-key affair.
The champions start as Stan James’s 4/5 jollies, whereas Rangers are priced at an incredibly long 4/1 (BetVictor.com) to secure three points. The duo have produced 12 goals in their three SPL derbies this season, with Rangers winning twice and it would be no surprise were they fired up to display one final show of defiance at the home of their bitterest rivals.
There’s little chance of it meandering to a quiet close and Coral’s 14/1 for Rangers to win 2-1 is worthy of further consideration, as is the 10/1 posted by Ladbrokes in favour of Ally McCoist’s charges securing victory by a single goal.
Finally, Hibs will travel to St Mirren full of hope on Sunday as not once in the pair’s last five encounters has there been a home win; Hibs are 9/4 at Blue Square to win, although the draw (12/5, bet365) appears more likely. Skybet post 6/1 about it finishing one apiece, while Boylesports offer a generous-looking 9/1 against it ending goalless.