The televised Scottish Premiership action at Victoria Park poses a real puzzle for punters looking for a pre-payday pick-me-up as it’s hard to get a cigarette paper between hosts Ross County and visiting Dundee United.
Home advantage means that bookies give the Staggies the nod, Paddy Power pricing them at 6/4 to secure all three points and the Terrors are 21/10 at bet365. However, neither side possesses particularly strong claims; they’ve both managed just the one win this term and in their four meetings last season, the pair accrued five points apiece.
Moreover, Jackie McNamara’s men have shared the spoils in their two away matches and subsequently it’s hard to overlook BetVictor’s 23/10 chalked against the stalemate ahead of the Dingwall contest.
A tight, low-scoring affair appears inevitable given that the teams haven’t exactly been prolific in front of goal. They’ve both racked up five goals apiece but four of United’s came in one match against St Johnstone while County fired three of theirs past St Mirren and subsequently, Stan James’s 4/5 about the clash producing fewer than three goals looks a safe enough bet.
Indeed, it’s a distinct possibility that neither side will break the deadlock, as was the case when Derek Adams’s men went to Hibs last time out and Skybet chalk up a nil-nil draw at a generous-looking 10/1. Alternatively, BetVictor offer odds of 17/4 about scores being level at both the interval and full-time and the match also tempts at 5/2 via betway to generate under 1.5 goals.
If the scorers are to be troubled, then bookies believe Terrors front man David Goodwillie is the chief danger, BetVictor installing him at 6/1 to open the scoring but in that market the value comes at the other end where Staggies midfielder and penalty-taker Richard Brittain is an 11/1 shot at Stan James to put his side 1-0 in front.