Rock solid Caley Thistle haven’t lost in ten outings, a run stretching back to early September and they deserve their status as 7/5 favourites with Hills as they prepare to entertain Motherwell.
Coincidentally, the Steelmen, bet365’s 2/1 outsiders, are the last team to have beaten Terry Butcher’s men but since that result things haven’t exactly gone swimmingly for Stuart McCall’s boys, who head to the Caledonian Stadium on the back of five defeats in seven in all competitions.
Moreover, that 4-1 defeat for Inverness came at Fir Park whereas they enjoy home advantage in this one and while ‘Well tend to be stronger on the road than in their own backyard, it’s the hosts that have to be given the nod based on the formbook, not to mention the fact that Butcher’s troops have managed to score in every single match this term.
Nevertheless, there’s every chance that this will be a close affair and Ladbrokes offer an enticing 10/3 about an Inverness victory by a one-goal margin while Paddy Power go 8/1 for a 2-1 success in a match that’s 8/11 via BetVictor to produce three or more goals.
Alternatively, Stan James quote odds of 8/13 for both teams to get on the scoresheet, a wager that would’ve been a winner in Caley Thistle’s last five SPL contests and helping to keep up the home team’s side of that bargain could be Andrew Shinnie.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has demonstrated his prowess as both a goal scorer and provider for Butcher’s charges this season and his performances earned him his international debut in Scotland’s 2-1 victory at Luxembourg on Wednesday.
Buoyed by receiving his first cap, Shinnie goes into this match in confident mood and with five goals in his last seven club matches, he’s cracking value at 7/1 (BetVictor) to break the deadlock or at 3/1 with bet365 to add to his tally at any stage.