Ten-man Inverness recovered from being two goals down to come back and draw 2-2 with Hearts when the sides met at Tynecastle in August and given each team’s respective performances since, it’s a surprise to see the Highland side priced as long as 9/5 (bet365) to claim three points on Saturday.
Thistle have not lost since early September while Hearts have won only one of their last five SPL fixtures, a record which accounts for the popularity of Skybet’s 7/2 marked in favour of Inverness leading at the end of both halves, as well as of William Hill’s enormous 14/1 chalked about a 2-0 home win.
Despite recording only one home league win to date this season, Motherwell kick off as Stan James’ 1/2 favourites to overhaul bottom club Dundee on Saturday. The Steelmen beat Dundee 2-1 in September and as the Dark Blues have managed only one away goal this term, BetVictor’s 10/3 price for the home side to win by a margin of two goals cannot be discounted.
The last five meetings of St Mirren and Aberdeen in all competitions have each ended in stalemate and Ladbrokes’ 11/5 for it to conclude with honours even again has attracted steady support. The high-flying Dons are Skybet’s 6/4 favourites to win, but Stan James’ 11/2, posted about it finishing 1-1 and bet365’s 4/1 for both halves to conclude with honours even both catch the eye.
Second-placed Hibs, undefeated at home, should justify their starting price of 13/8 (bet365) when they host Dundee United on Sunday. The Edinburgh side are capable of avenging the heavy defeat they suffered at Tannadice and Paddy Power’s 14/1 for them to win 2-0 holds obvious appeal.
Finally, the mighty structure that is Parkhead might find it is enveloped with a sense of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ when St Johnstone take to the field priced as BetVictor’s massive 12/1 underdogs on Sunday afternoon.
Conceivably, the Saints could capitalise upon any tiredness or complacency evident in the champions’ play, potential factors which make Stan James’ 5/1 odds posted about the draw so attractive.