The Scottish Cup takes centre stage this weekend, with a number of top-flight teams facing each other and some of the smaller sides, including non-league Fraserburgh, no doubt feeling confident of causing upsets.
On Saturday, Ross County entertain Hibernian, whose boss Terry Butcher will be keen to pick up his first win at his new club following last week’s goalless encounter at St Mirren. On their own patch, the Staggies get the nod at 8/5 with Stan James and they were unlucky not to pick up three points at Hearts last time out.
However, their form in general has been pretty dismal of late and with Butcher now having had a bit more time to make his mark, the visitors look huge at 15/8 courtesy of BetVictor.
If there is such a thing as a home banker, it is surely Inverness (second in the Premiership) at home to Morton (bottom of the Championship). The odds of a home win are predictably narrow – 4/11 at best with Coral – so it’s one for an accumulator but for punters perhaps expecting Caley Thistle to run away with betway go 7/5 about there being four goals or more.
Another game in which the top-flight team will be expected to ease to victory will be at Cliftonhill, where Albion Rovers host Motherwell. The Steelmen are just 2/9 with Betfred to prevail but a more lucrative bet could be the 11/8 on offer in Skybet’s handicaps, where ‘Well start two goals in arrears.
Elsewhere, Rangers (who have won 12 out of 12 in the league) get the chance to pit their wits against Championship side Falkirk, who scored four last week. The hosts are Boylesports’ 15/4 outsiders to see off the League One leaders and as the Gers look to be at least a level above their current division, they get the nod at 4/5 via Coral while in-form striker Jon Daly is worth a flutter at 4/1 (Coral) to break the deadlock.
Sunday’s fixtures see Aberdeen travelling to Partick. Coral quote the visitors at 5/4 to inflict a fifth straight defeat on the Jags, BetVictor’s 13/5 underdogs and Paddy Power’s 3/1 about the Dons nicking it by one could be the way to go at Firhill.
The final game of the weekend sees Celtic head to Hearts as Coral’s 4/9 jollies. The Premiership’s rock-bottom team might enjoy the day off from their league woes, and their fans could find the 17/2 on offer at BetVictor on a home win an attractive option. However, the Hoops have now been eliminated from European competition and will be focusing all of their efforts on domestic matters now so they’re tough to oppose. BetVictor make them 7/5 to triumph ‘to nil’ and also offer 15/2 about a 2-0 success.