Bookies are siding with Dundee United ahead of their first showdown with neighbours Dundee since March last year, Ladbrokes rating the Terrors as 13/10 favourites to collect the points at Dens Park, but the hosts aren’t to be taken lightly and there are plenty of reasons to believe that they’ll get something from the game.
Dark Blues boss Paul Hartley is already a man in demand and when you consider that his side possess the Premiership’s only unbeaten record, despite being newly promoted, it’s easy to see why.
They look like a solid top-flight outfit already, can boast an impressive 1-1 draw against champions Celtic and crucially, have conceded just three times in eight outings across all competitions. Subsequently, they’re not to be underestimated here and indeed they certainly look overpriced at 23/10 with Paddy Power to collect a maximum haul.
Of course, it would be unwise to ignore United’s excellent recent record in derby fixtures, not to mention their four wins in six league games this term, factors that lend appeal to a stalemate (5/2, Stan James) but Dundee are brimming with confidence, enjoy home advantage and will feel that previous encounters are long enough ago to render that form book irrelevant.
Elsewhere, the Terrors have found the net in all of their matches this term so Ladbrokes’s 17/20 for both teams to get on the scoresheet stands out and punters fancying the clash to finish all square can tackle bet365’s 15/4 about a score draw. A 1-1 scoreline meanwhile, is a 6/1 shot at William Hill.
Champions Celtic returned to winning ways domestically last weekend before picking up a solid Europa League points in Salzburg and that improvement should stand the Bhoys in good stead ahead of the visit of Motherwell.
Given the Hoops’ shaky start to the season, it would easy to fall into the trap of thinking ‘Well are overpriced but in reality, it’s almost impossible to overlook the home side in light of their revival and it looks like a matter of finding ways to cash-in on a Celtic success.
BetVictor chalk them up at 5/6 to dominate by leading at the end of each half, they’re 19/10 (betway) to prevail in a match that also sees the visitors find the net, a wager made more enticing by some shaky Hoops defending this term but it’s in attack where the value potentially lies.
Kris Commons struck 31 goals in all competitions last season but has only managed to notch twice so far in the current campaign. However, the second of those came against Aberdeen last weekend and with the Bhoys on home soil again, looking more like their old selves, he’ll fancy his chances of getting amongst the scorers again. Bet365 rate the Bhoys attacker at 7/2 to break the deadlock.