Ross County posted their first points of the campaign on the board at the eighth attempt last weekend, edging out Dundee 2-1 but it would take a brave punter to back them to repeat the feat as they head to the Highlands to tackle Inverness.
The Staggies kick-off as chunky 21/4 outsiders with BetVictor but a glance at the away record of Jim McIntyre’s boys suggests that a quid on them to turn over Caley Thistle would be a quid wasted. They’ve lost all four fixtures on the road, scoring just once and conceding 13 times in the process so it’s fairly easy to see why Skybet have concluded that the hosts are 4/7 jollies.
Strengthening the case for John Hughes’s boys is their impressive record at the Caledonian Stadium, where they’ve taken ten points from a possible dozen and there’s every chance they’ll cruise to victory in this one.
They’re a safe-looking 11/8 at Winner.com to possess a lead at the end of each half and a heftier 13/8 in Paddy Power’s handicap market, when starting a goal in arrears while BetVictor chalk Inverness up at an identical 13/8 to combine a win with a clean sheet against a goal-shy County outfit.
More precisely, Stan James offer an enticing 7/1 about Caley Thistle notching twice without reply and going forward for Hughes’s men, Billy McKay is all the rage in the first scorer betting at 4/1 (bet365) but hasn’t found the net since the opening day of the season so there might be more value in a modest flutter on Aaron Doran at 7/1 via William Hill, to break the deadlock.
In a top flight that no longer contains Rangers there’s never an occasion when Celtic don’t start a match as strong favourites and so it’s no surprise to see Ronny Deila’s side chalked up at just 2/7 by Ladbrokes to take care of Hamilton at Parkhead.
However, the rampant Accies ran riot at Motherwell last week, smashing four past the Steelmen and their remarkable start to the campaign makes an at times unconvincing Hoops outfit look far too slender at the price, even if they are hard to oppose on their own patch.
Alex Neil’s boys are unbeaten on the road, where they’ve won three and drawn one yet they’re a whopping 14/1 at BetVictor to collect a maximum haul at the home of the champions. Bet365 rate them at 5/1 to grab a share of the spoils and they’re 10/1 in Stan James’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Nevertheless, Celtic are rarely conquered in front of their own supporters and although they haven’t torn up trees this term, punters will understandably find it difficult to find a way to bet against them.
Fear not though, there’s a way to profit from the visitors whilst not ruling out a home win and it comes in the handicaps, where Winner.com hand Hamilton a two-goal cushion at odds of 11/10.
In terms of goals, it’s just 1/2 (betway) for the fixture to generate three or more and Bhoys John Guidetti is the punter’s pick so far, at 7/2 with Ladbrokes, to strike first. However, Accies marksman Mickael Antoine-Curier has struck four times in three games and he’s overpriced at 9/2 via Skybet to add to his tally at any time.
Inverness (-1) to beat Ross County – 13/8 (Paddy Power)
inverness to beat Ross County ‘to nil’ – 13/8 (BetVictor)
Hamilton (+2) to beat Celtic – 11/10 (Winner.com)
Mickael Antoine-Curier to score at any time – 9/2 (Skybet)