Both Inverness and Dundee United have gone off the boil of late, picking up only a point each from their last four matches to slip off the pace in the race for second place. Caley Thistle have subsequently drifted to 5/1 with Stan James in the title betting without Celtic while the Terrors are an even heftier 6/1 at Paddy Power to grab that coveted runners-up spot.
The pair have a chance to re-ignite their hopes of being the best of the rest as they come face-to-face in the Highlands but bookies fancy the hosts to pick up the three points and leapfrog their opponents in the process, bet365 installing John Hughes’s boys as 7/5 favourites.
United are 15/8 at Stan James to end snap their winless streak but they gave themselves a huge lift last weekend, bagging two late goals to snatch what had looked like an unlikely point at home to Hibs and that boost could spur Jackie McNamara’s troops on to grab another share of the spoils here.
BetVictor post an enticing 12/5 against it finishing all square and as the Arabs have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine assignments, punters should consider the same firm’s 10/3 about a score draw at the Caledonian Stadium, where it’s 13/2 (Ladbrokes) to end one-apiece.
For banker-hunters Skybet quote odds of 8/13 for both teams to get on the scoresheet and as both teams are desperate to stop the rot, they might look to keep things tight in the early exchanges so a case can be made for the contest’s opening goal arriving after the 26th minute (10/11, Paddy Power).
Meanwhile, punters are unlikely to look much further than Thistle marksman Billy McKay at 9/2 via betway in the popular first goalscorer market. The Premiership’s top scorer has helped himself to an impressive 14 league goals this term and was also responsible for the only strike in the reverse fixture back in August.