Punters who believe that lightning can strike twice will be tempted by Paddy Power’s enormous 14/1 odds posted in favour of Dundee overhauling Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday. After all, St Johnstone managed to dent the champions’ pride by beating them 2-1 last weekend, but frankly, it’s difficult to see Neil Lennon’s men slipping up.
William Hill price Celtic at 1/5 to win, but as the Glaswegian giants twice beat Dundee 3-0 when they last met in the SPL at Parkhead, the likelihood of a repeat of that scoreline (6/1, BetVictor.com) holds greater appeal. Nonetheless, backers who fancy Dundee can get odds-against (7/5, bet365) about them winning when handed a two goal start.
Dundee United have won five of their last six league encounters with Hearts, a record which makes their even money price (Stan James) to register maximum points look particularly attractive. Skybet consider the chances of United holding the lead at the end of both halves at 23/10, an appealing wager to supplement their match win odds.
There’s been nothing to choose between Hibs and Inverness over the past two seasons and there’s little to suggest that matters have suddenly changed, despite Ladbrokes installing the Edinburgh team as their 11/10 match favourites. BetVictor’s 12/5 posted about the draw has, not surprisingly, attracted steady support, as has the 11/2 odds offered by bet365 about it finishing 1-1.
Though St Mirren have emerged victorious in three of their last four duels with Kilmarnock, perhaps a more relevant statistic is the one which tells us that only once in the pair’s last twelve meetings have honours been shared.
Home advantage accounts for Kilmarnock’s status as Stan James’s 6/4 jollies, but third-placed St Mirren look a little too lengthily priced (2/1, Ladbrokes) to register three points. The Saints have scored 10 goals against Killie in their last four meetings and they’re 9/4 (BetVictor.com) to retain a clean sheet on Saturday, while Skybet price them at 7/1 to win 1-0.
In contrast to Kilmarnock’s recent meetings with St Mirren, matches involving Ross County and St Johnstone have shown a distinct propensity to finish all square. Seven of the pair’s last dozen duels have ended on level terms and Stan James’s 23/10 for it to conclude with honours even cannot be discounted. Indeed, as only one of those 12 matches have been settled by more than a single goal, bet365’s 7/2 for St Johnstone to win by a margin of one goal looks decent value, although BetVictor’s 19/5 chalked against the probability of it ending as a score draw also catches the eye.
On Sunday, Aberdeen face the awkward task of bringing Motherwell’s undefeated league run to an end. Paddy Power considers them a 7/5 shot to do so, but as the Dons have lost three of their last four against Motherwell at Pittodrie, perhaps Stan James’s 23/10 for the league leaders to secure their third away win of the campaign is the better bet. The pair’s last six meetings have been settled by a single goal and bet365’s 7/1 for Motherwell to win 1-0 has proved very popular with punters.