Though they’ve won only once on the road this term, Hearts travel to Pittodrie mindful that they can double that tally against a team that has not breached their defence since January 2010, ie nine league matches ago. It’s an incredible record which suggests that the Jambos’ 23/10 price to win (Stan James) looks a little too frothy.
Home advantage accounts for the Dons’ 5/4 odds (Skybet), but punters expecting Aberdeen’s difficulties in front of goal to continue (they’ve managed only 14 goals in 16 home matches) may fancy either Ladbrokes’ 4/1 for Hearts to be the game’s only scorers, or BetVictor’s 9/1 posted about a 1-0 away win.
Dundee may occupy the SPL’s lowest berth, but they’ve twice given second-placed Motherwell a scare this season. William Hill chalks 7/2 against a Dundee success, but Motherwell have been well supported at 10/11 (Paddy Power) to register maximum points. Ladbrokes’ 6/1 for the visitors to win 1-0 catches the eye, but backers may also fancy hedging their bets by taking Stan James’s 11/4 chalked about the draw.
Hibs and Inverness drew 2-2 when they last met at Easter Road and another draw, available at 5/2 with Stan James, would surprise few observers, especially as Coral’s 6/1 posted about a 1-1 finish, is the correct score market’s most popular outcome.
Having lost only twice at home all season, Ross County’s 5/4 match win odds (bet365) look very decent value prior to their match against Kilmarnock (5/2, Paddy Power) on Saturday. Another win for Ross looks most likely.
Another team known as the Saints, St Johnstone, host Dundee United at McDiarmid Park on Monday, a fixture which appears to have ‘stalemate’ written all over it.
The pair have drawn each of their two league meetings this term and the probability of a third, priced at 12/5 by bet365, is favoured amongst punters, particularly as four of the duo’s last six meetings have ended with honours even.