Dundee and Hamilton, who face each other at Dens Park, met four times in the Championship last term, contests in which the Accies scored just once while Dundee remained undefeated. Bookies anticipate a different outcome on Saturday, with league leaders Hamilton installed as Stan James’s 13/8 favourites and the Dark Blues, yet to win at home, offered at 7/4 by BetVictor.com. Bet365 report that the correct score market’s most popular result is 1-1, priced at 6/1, while the same firm post 5/2 against the stalemate.
Inverness and Dundee United locked horns on half a dozen occasions last season, both teams winning twice. It promises to be equally close this weekend, although as they’re unbeaten at the Caledonian Stadium, home advantage accounts for Thistle’s status as Ladbrokes’ 6/4 jollies, while United head north as 9/5 underdogs with Winner.com.
It’s no surprise to see St Johnstone travel to Partick priced as outsiders; they’re an attractive 2/1 to win with Paddy Power, although the stalemate, priced at 13/5 by Betway, might hold greater appeal as two of the pair’s three duels last term ended with honours even; a 1-1 result is quoted at 13/2 by William Hill.
St Johnstone won the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season and at 11/10 (Stan James) to open the scoring, they look particularly good value, while punters expecting the Saints to keep their hosts at bay can get 2/1 (BetVictor.com) against them retaining a clean sheet.
Bet365 expect St Mirren to finally break their home duck when they host bottom club Ross County on Saturday. The firm have installed them as 6/5 favourites despite their atrocious home record of played five, lost five. Ross, meanwhile, have managed to secure a single point from their five away fixtures and kick off priced at 13/2 by Skybet. Given each side’s abysmal league form, there could be merit in taking the 9/1 offered by Ladbrokes against it finishing goalless.
On Sunday, Celtic (1/4, Winner.com) host Kilmarnock (12/1, Paddy Power) at Parkhead for what looks like a banker home win. The champions scored twelve times against Killie in three league meetings last term and are 6/4 with Betway to win by three or more goals this time.
St Mirren and Ross County to be 0-0 – 9/1 (Ladbrokes)
Celtic to beat Kilmarnock by three or more goals – 6/4 (betway)
Inverness to beat Dundee Utd – 6/4 (Ladbrokes)
Draw double – Dundee v Hamilton & Partick v St Johnstone – 11/1 (BetVictor)