Celtic return from their midweek disappointment at Ajax and have to quickly dust themselves down as their visit to Ross County is the early kick-off on Saturday. The league leaders are four points clear at the top with a game in hand and look as though they could pull well clear of the others, despite only drawing against Dundee United last weekend.
The visitors are Ladbrokes’ 2/5 favourites in this one and having fared well in fixtures post-Champions League this term, they’re hard to oppose. Furthermore, the Staggies lost at struggling Kilmarnock a fortnight ago and were well on their way to defeat against St Mirren before the match was abandoned, scoring in neither contest, so Coral’s 7/5 about a Hoops triumph ‘to nil’ looks the call at Victoria Park.
Rock-bottom Hearts haven’t won in the league since beating Aberdeen at Tynecastle back in August but the Dons have since lost just once and have moved up to second so they’ll fancy themselves to gain revenge as the teams renew hostilities at Pittodrie.
Derek McInnes’s charges are 11/20 at betway to pick up maximum points for the fourth game on the spin and as the Jambos are desperately short of goals, the hosts can follow Celtic’s lead and prevail ‘to nil’; an outcome Ladbrokes offer at 7/5.
Hibernian’s clash with Inverness looks like being the Terry Butcher show. There’s a strong possibility that it will be the big Englishman’s last game in charge of the latter before he moves to the former but Butcher can preside over one last Caley Thistle victory before he takes the vacant manager’s position at Easter Road.
The Hibees are no great shakes on their own patch and looking slightly rudderless without a manager, they’re a good bet at 6/4 (betway) to suffer a fourth consecutive league and cup defeat. The visitors are 3/1 at Skybet to shade it by one.
Dundee United have drawn four of their six games on the road, including last week’s trip to Celtic and Stan James rate the Terrors at 9/4 to collect another point this weekend at Motherwell. The hosts however, are impressive at Fir Park, where they have won five out of six in the Premiership and they look decent value at 6/4 (BetVictor) to pick up a sixth home success here.
Partick remain winless in front of their own supporters but they’re just 21/20 with Paddy Power to put that right against lowly St Mirren, kept off the bottom bythe problems at Hearts. The Buddies however, were about to pick up a third victory in four attempts before rain forced the abandonment of their clash with Ross County and they look too big at 14/5 (bet365) to defeat the off-colour Jags.
Finally, at McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone look set to tighten their grip on a top six berth by getting the better of Kilmarnock. Solid Saints are 5/6 courtesy of Paddy Power to secure the points and Steve May, who has already bagged six league goals this term, is 7/4 via Betfred to notch at any time.