Just a few weeks following their sensational League Cup final defeat, Celtic have an opportunity to avenge that 1-0 reverse when they head to Kilmarnock to finally be crowned champions. Paddy Power make them 4/7 to secure three points and Ladbrokes offer 6/1 about a 1-0 away victory, but though the sides have met three times this season, each has won once with the other ending in stalemate.
Punters who suspect Celtic may be a tad complacent can get 10/3 (Boylesports) about it finishing all square, while Skybet post an enormous 6/1 against a Killie success. More likely is a 2-0 win for Celtic: it’s priced at 7/1 by Stan James.
Aberdeen came from behind to beat Dundee United 2-1 in January, the Dons’ second success over the Terrors this term. They’re 23/10 with William Hill to make it a hat trick of wins tomorrow as United head to Pittodrie as bet365’s 13/10 favourites.
Elsewhere, Boylesports offer 18/5 about it ending as a score draw and BetVictor.com chalk 12/5 against any stalemate. Given Aberdeen’s home advantage, however, Coral’s 7/2 for them to enjoy a one goal margin of victory is worthy of further consideration.
Hearts have beaten Dunfermline twice already this season without conceding a goal – little wonder they kick off as Ladbrokes’ 5/6 favourites to register a third win over the Pars tomorrow. Despite the match being contested at East End Park, Dunfermline open as Stan James’s 7/2 underdogs, while Blue Square mark the draw at 13/5. Not surprisingly, Skybet report ‘steady’ support for their 21/10 odds against the Jambos winning again without conceding.
Incredible though it may sound, but Rangers have failed to beat St Mirren this term, losing 2-1 (with nine men) at Love Street on Christmas Eve and drawing 1-1 at Ibrox when the Saints nicked a last minute equaliser. Bookies expect Rangers to rectify matters tomorrow, with Coral installing them as their 2/5 favourites; St Mirren kick off as Boylesports’ massive 17/2 outsiders.
Bet365 chalk even money against Rangers holding the lead at the end of both halves and William Hill post 6/1 about the Ibrox club recording a 2-0 victory. It’s difficult to see anything other than normal service being resumed, but Skybet’s 15/4 marked against the draw catches the eye.
A 41st minute Fran Sandaza penalty secured three points for St Johnstone when they played Inverness only ten days ago and BetVictor.com price them at even money to record their third victory of the campaign over Terry Butcher’s men. Blue Square post a lengthy-looking 3/1 price against Inverness, but given what’s at stake for St Johnstone, punters might be best advised to take note of Ladbrokes’ 13/5 price chalked against the draw.
The Saints have won both league fixtures against Thistle this term without conceding – in fact, in each of the pair’s last five meetings, only one of them has scored. The McDiarmid Park side are 8/11 with Blue Square to open the scoring, while Paddy Power marks 7/2 against them securing three points following a drawn opening 45 minutes.
A Michael Higdon hat trick secured a 4-3 victory for Motherwell when they hosted Hibs at Fir Park in February and the Steelmen are BetVictor’s 5/4 favourites to win again when the sides meet at Easter Road on Sunday.
Higdon is 6/1 with Coral to notch the opener and Paddy Power rates Hibs as a 12/5 shot to secure three points, though the draw, priced at 5/2 by Stan James, cannot be discounted. Bet365 chalk 22/1 against Motherwell winning after being behind at half time (as they did in February), but William Hill’s 11/2 for it to finish 1-1 looks a solid wager.