Motherwell have lost three of their last league and cup games, failing to score in any of those defeats and that might make punters think twice about backing Stuart McCall’s boys as they prepare to entertain managerless Hibs.
However, equally short of cutting edge at present, the visitors aren’t exactly in tip-top shape themselves having won just once in five attempts in all competitions and indeed morale will be pretty low in the Hibees camp after they were edged out by neighbours Hearts in the League Cup in midweek; a result that did for boss Pat Fenlon on Friday.
BetVictor’s 4/1 shots should be opposed then at Fir Park, where a ‘Well success is a shade of odds-on at 5/6 with Ladbrokes and as goals are proving hard to come by for the Easter Road outfit, it might be worth a flutter on Stan James’s 2/1 about a Steelmen success ‘to nil’.
In what looks set to be a low-scoring affair, likely to produce fewer than 2.5 goals (3/4, betway), BetVictor chalk Motherwell up at a tempting 6/1 to grab the only one. Meanwhile, as the hosts have failed to register in the first half for five matches, Paddy Power’s even money, posted against the opening strike arriving after the 29th minute and Winner.com’s 7/4 for the contest to be goalless at the interval, both catch the eye.
Of course, even if goals are set to premium, that won’t dampen punters’ enthusiasm for an ever-popular first goal scorer wager. With five goals to his name already this season, Steelmen striker John Sutton arguably represents the best value in that particular market at 11/2 (William Hill) and alternatively, Skybet quote odds of 8/13 for the deadlock to be broken by any of McCall’s players.
Motherwell to beat Hibs ‘to nil’ – 2/1 (Stan James)