The curtain falls on another SPL season where over-achievers such as Ross County and Inverness have completely outshone teams expected to perform considerably better. Two of those, Aberdeen and Hearts, meet at Pittodrie tomorrow, the Dons priced as Ladbrokes’ 6/5 favourites to overhaul the Jambos; Stan James marks the draw at 12/5.
Incredibly, in every one of the pair’s last dozen meetings (11 in the league), no more than one side has scored, a run that includes four goalless draws. Little wonder that BetVictor’s 9/1 posted about another 0-0 has proved so popular.
No-one expected much of Dundee this season and despite a late flurry of decent results, they’ve succumbed to the inevitable. They’re 4/1 (William Hill) to win at Easter Road tomorrow, although they drew 1-1 there in January. BetVictor.com installs Hibs as 10/11 favourites and Paddy Power rates them at 4/1 to enjoy a two goal margin of victory.
Each of the last two meetings between Kilmarnock and St Mirren have ended 1-1 and bet365’s 3/1 for them to serve up another score draw looks a decent bet. The same could be said of Stan James’s 11/8 for Killie to claim all three points.
Apart from serving up a thrilling, goal-strewn cup tie last month, Dundee United and Celtic have scored an aggregate of 16 goals in their three league duels this term – 12 of which have been credited to the champions.
Despite their home advantage, United open as William Hill’s 4/1 underdogs, whereas Celtic are offered at 8/11 by Skybet. Punters anticipating a goalfest can get 11/1 (Paddy Power) against Neil Lennon’s men winning by four or more goals.
Both Ross and Inverness have enjoyed fantastic seasons and as Thistle have twice beaten Ross this term, Ladbrokes make them their marginal (7/4) favourites to make it three on Sunday. BetVictor.com prices County at 9/5 to secure three points, but the likelihood of another stalemate (they drew 0-0 in March) cannot be discounted and Stan James’s 6/1 for it to finish 1-1 catches the eye.
Finally, St Johnstone could claim third place if they win and Inverness lose. They’re 11/8 (bet365) to emerge victorious from Sunday’s encounter against Motherwell, the team that has won more away matches (9) than any other in the top flight. BetVictor’s 7/2, marked against the score draw and Skybet’s 12/5 posted about the match draw, have each been well supported.