Ross County have certainly defied expectations this term, Derek Adams’s boys securing a top six berth and giving themselves a realistic chance of finishing an impressive fourth as the curtain comes down on the SPL campaign today.
However, the only thing missing from the solid Staggies’ season is a Highland derby triumph but they have one last chance to get one over on Inverness, at the sixth attempt, as the pair face-off at Victoria Park.
However, Stan James make the Staggies slight outsiders at 7/4 while Caley Thistle are a 13/8 chance at Paddy Power and the closeness of those odds, allied with Ross County’s paltry three home defeats, means that most neutrals punters will rightly plump for the stalemate at 12/5 (Skybet) ahead of the Dingwall contest.
That was the outcome on the two previous occasions that Adams’s charges enjoyed home advantage, one each in league and cup, and as it looks likely that both teams will find the net (4/9, bet365), BetVictor’s 10/3 chalked against a score draw is hard to resist.
Thistle’s top scorer Billy McKay has helped himself to 27 goals in all competitions, four of them coming in his handful of appearances against the Staggies and he’ll be well backed at 9/2 (Stan James) to break the deadlock.
However, he’s not the only player to have enjoyed himself in this season’s derby showdowns. Iain Vigurs has struck three times for the hosts in this fixture’s five renewals and Ladbrokes rate the midfield man at a generous 3/1 to add to that tally at any time.