It might strike some punters as odd that third-placed Aberdeen, yet to suffer a home defeat this season, kick off against second-placed Celtic as Stan James’s massive 11/2 underdogs. The Dons look significantly overpriced, yet it’s the champions who are installed as Paddy Power’s 4/7 favourites to register victory.
Celtic beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Parkhead in September, but the Dons will be confident of reversing that scoreline – they’re priced at an enormous 14/1 by bet365 to do so. Admittedly Celtic have already scored 15 goals on the road, but BetVictor.com consider Aberdeen a 19/10 shot to notch the opener as Ladbrokes rate them at 7/1 to enjoy a one goal margin of victory.
Table-topping Hibs travel to bottom club Dundee having won four of their last five SPL matches. Skybet price them at 10/11 to make it five from six against a team that has failed to score in more than half of its matches this term.
Hibs beat Dundee 3-0 at Easter Road earlier in the season and a 2-0 away victory on Saturday is priced at 9/1 by William Hill.
Only once since 1992 has a league encounter between Hearts and St Mirren failed to produce a goal and Ladbrokes’ even money for Saturday’s duel to yield more than 2.5 goals cannot be ignored. Home advantage ensures that Hearts kick off as bet365’s even money favourites. They’ll be keen to avenge the 2-0 reverse they suffered at Love Street in September and as the Buddies have lost their last five SPL matches, Stan James’s 15/2 for the Jambos to register a 2-0 victory offers decent value.
A league table based upon the last eight performances would see St Johnstone clear at the top, a fact which accounts for their status as BetVictor’s 11/10 favourites to overhaul Ross County.
St Johnstone beat Ross 2-1 playing with ten men for almost an hour in September, which means that of their last five meetings, two have ended all square and three have finished 2-1 in St Johnstone’s favour. Bet365 price a 2-1 home victory at 8/1.
Inverness host Motherwell on Sunday, a team that has accumulated more points away from home than at Fir Park. Nonetheless, it’s Thistle who start as Stan James’s 6/4 favourites with ‘Well offered at 2/1 by BetVictor.com. Inverness have scored in every league match this term and the 13/2 (Paddy Power) for them to register a 1-0 home victory has been well supported.