Despite a heavy Boxing Day defeat, Aberdeen continue to have one eye on a European berth, a focus that should become sharper following Saturday’s visit to Dundee. The Dons beat the Dens 2-0 at Pittodrie in October, during which they won eight corners to Dundee’s one. No wonder Craig Brown’s men are 5/6 (bet365) to secure maximum points again. Stan James offers the draw at 5/2, but Skybet’s 15/2 for Aberdeen to register another 2-0 victory looks very good value.
Prior to Celtic and Hibs drawing 2-2 at Parkhead in September, the Hoops had conceded just twice in their previous half dozen league meetings with the Edinburgh side. Coral make the champions 4/9 to secure three points at Easter Road on Saturday, while a 1-0 away win is priced at 7/1 by Paddy Power.
Motherwell, who host Kilmarnock at Fir Park, are installed as Stan James’s 10/11 favourites to register a league double over their visitors, though it’s worth noting that prior to ‘Well’s 2-1 victory at Rugby Park in August, three of the pair’s previous four duels had finished all square. The record adds appeal to Ladbrokes’ 13/5 odds chalked against the stalemate and to William Hill’s 6/1 for it to finish 1-1.
A last-minute John Sutton equaliser secured Hearts a point when they hosted Ross County at Tynecastle earlier this season and they’re 7/5 (bet365) to register a win when the sides meet again this weekend. Yet Ross, BetVictor’s 5/2 underdogs, look a tad overpriced and a 1-0 home win, offered at 7/1 by Skybet, cannot be ruled out.
Bookies report a lack of appetite for wagers based upon the fixture yielding a hatful of goals. Instead, few successful strikes are expected, hence the appeal of BetVictor’s even money for the match to produce less than 2.5 goals, and of bet365’s 11/10 for it to yield fewer than 11 corners.
Finally, St Mirren have won only one of their last 16 league matches against Sunday’s opponents, Dundee United. The Terrors confirmed their hegemony in October, beating the Saints 1-0, but five of the duo’s previous six clashes had ended on level terms. Stan James offers the draw at 11/4, while bet365 post 6/1 about another 1-0 win for United.