Following Tuesday’s impressive victory over Celtic, Aberdeen look set to maintain their impressive pursuit of a European berth next season when kicking off priced as bet365’s 5/6 favourites to overhaul St Johnstone on Saturday, with Adam Rooney offered at 4/1 (BetVictor.com) to notch the opener.
Punters not anticipating a goalfest may like the look of William Hill’s 4/6 for the match to yield fewer than 2.5 goals, or Betway’s 9/1 for it to finish goalless. However, Paddy Power’s 10/3 for the Dons to claim a maximum haul following a drawn opening half and Stan James’s 6/1, marked against a 1-0 home win, hold greater appeal.
Meanwhile, Stan James chalk 12/5 about Inverness beating Celtic when handed a one goal start on Saturday. Thistle have proved perennially awkward opponents for the Hoops and came close to beating them when drawing 2-2 in August, but bet365’s 2/7 for the champions to win looks absolutely spot-on as Neil Lennon’s men have won eight and drawn two of their last dozen meetings with the Highlanders.
Having defeated Hearts twice already this term, Motherwell (4/9, Skybet) should have little difficulty making it three from three at Fir Park. They’re 11/2 (BetVictor.com) to win 2-0 and 3/4 (William Hill) to retain a clean sheet.
Ross County and Partick have served up ten goals in their two league encounters this season and the likelihood of Saturday’s meeting producing more than 2.5 goals is rated a 7/10 shot by bet365. Though they lost 3-1 when the sides met at Victoria Park in August, the Staggies open as 6/5 favourites (Paddy Power) to win and priced at 3/1 (Skybet) to enjoy a one goal margin of victory.
Finally, as three of their last five meetings have finished as 1-1 draws, the likelihood of St Mirren’s weekend duel with Kilmarnock ending one apiece cannot be discounted. BetVictor.com chalk 6/1 against it finishing 1-1 again while Ladbrokes post 10/3 about the score draw. The Saints open as Stan James’s 8/5 favourites, but the stalemate, priced at 12/5 by Winner.com, has attracted understandably steady support.
Treble on Aberdeen, Celtic and Motherwell – 13/5 (Coral)
Adam Rooney to score first – 4/1 (BetVictor)
Ross County to beat Partick by one – 3/1 (Skybet)
St Mirren v Kilmarnock score draw – 10/3 (Ladbrokes)