Given their dismal start to the season, St Mirren will be mightily relieved that Hearts were deducted 15 points, otherwise the Buddies, with just one point from their opening six matches, would currently look like an absolute banker for the wooden spoon in the Premiership.
As it is, Danny Lennon’s boys are 7/2 with Skybet to finish bottom but those odds could be about to come in because sorry St Mirren look set to suffer a fifth straight as they entertain an Aberdeen side who, by contrast, are in excellent shape.
Bet365 price Derek McInnes’s men at 6/5 to heap more misery on the beleaguered Buddies in the Paisley clash and as the visitors haven’t conceded a goal in five outings across all competitions, they should also be relatively untroubled by the home side’s misfiring attack.
The Dons are worth a flutter then at 23/10 via Stan James to prevail ‘to nil’ and for the more ambitious, Ladbrokes post 13/2 against Aberdeen grabbing the only goal or BetVictor chalk McInnes’s charges up at a generous 19/2 to notch twice without reply.
A clean sheet for the visitors, in isolation, is a 6/4 chance at Paddy Power and would certainly increase the probability that wagers on the match generating fewer than three goals, at 3/4 courtesy of Winner.com, would be successful.
Nevertheless, the likelihood of a pretty low-scoring affair shouldn’t discourage punters from risking a few quid on the scorer markets and in particular on Scott Vernon. The Dons front man has helped himself to four league and cup goals in the space of just over a week so he’s a touch overpriced at 6/1 (betway) to break the deadlock.
Alternatively, the 29-year-old striker is a 2/1 shot courtesy of BetVictor to grab his fifth goal in three games at any stage in proceedings.
Aberdeen to beat St Mirren ‘to nil’ – 23/10 (Stan James)