Peter Sharkey previews the final week’s betting opportunities in the Scottish Premier League. Compare odds
The curtain falls a little earlier than usual on another top flight season this weekend, providing fans with a short break as they prepare for a concentrated, month-long football feast in just over four weeks’ time.
On Saturday, Hibs rightly kick off as BetVictor’s 6/5 favourites to overhaul Kilmarnock (12/5, William Hill). The Edinburgh side have won four and drawn three of the pair’s last seven duels and while the action at Easter Road might be a little pedestrian, backing Hibs to win 1-0 (13/2, Stan James) looks like a good move.
Six of the last ten league matches involving Partick and Ross have ended with honours even and another, priced at 12/5 by Skybet, looks on the cards again on Saturday as their last two encounters ended 1-1 and 3-3.
Hearts’ top flight spell comes to an end with a trip to St Mirren on Saturday, a fixture they start as Betway’s 8/5 underdogs.
Honours have been shared between the two this term, with both winning once and the other meeting ending as a draw. Paddy Power chalk 11/4 against Hearts retaining a clean sheet, while bet365 post 10/11 about the game’s total goal minutes being less than 135.
Sunday’s big game features Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie. Surprisingly, there have been no home wins in any of the four matches the duo have contested this term, but the Dons, priced as Stan James’s 11/10 favourites, should end this sequence.Winner.com offer 7/10 in favour of both halves yielding a goal, though for punters not anticipating a goalfest, Ladbrokes post even money against the fixture producing between 2-3 successful strikes.
Dundee United last beat Celtic in May 2012, hence they kick off as Skybet’s massive 17/2 outsiders on Sunday. With the champions offered at 4/11 by William Hill, there could be greater merit in backing them to win when kicking off with a two-goal deficit (12/5, Winner.com).
Four of the last nine duels involving St Johnstone and Inverness have ended 1-0, while another four were drawn – three were goalless.
Punters who envisage St Johnstone scoring a 1-0 victory on Sunday can get 8/1 (Stan James) against such an outcome, while those expecting another low-scoring match may prefer the 13/2 posted by BetVictor.com about it finishing one apiece, or else bet365’s 9/1 against it ending 0-0.