Bookies offer hundreds of different markets on the weekend’s Premiership duels, the detailed perusal of which sounds infinitely preferable to early Christmas shopping.
League leaders Celtic (1/5, William Hill), should, on paper at least, have little difficulty overhauling Dundee (Winner.com) at Parkhead, although a similar sentiment was expressed in August when the pair drew 1-1. Another draw is priced at 3/1 (Stan James), while a 2-0 home win is offered at 6/1 by Ladbrokes.
Dundee United won all four league and cup contests against Kilmarnock last term, although they slumped to an unexpected 2-0 defeat at Rugby Park last month. Nevertheless, they’re Paddy Power’s 3/4 favourites to register three points on Saturday, whereas Killie, who have suffered three consecutive league defeats, conceding eight goals in the process, are Skybet’s understandably long 7/2 outsiders.
Following their brilliant start to the campaign, Hamilton too have gone three league matches without a win, although bet365, who install them as their 5/6 jollies, clearly expect them to return to winning ways when they host St Mirren (10/3, Betway). Hamilton cruised to a 2-0 victory when the sides met at Love Street in August and another 2-0 Accies’ success is rated a 9/1 shot by BetVictor.com.
Motherwell won three of their four matches against Inverness last term, but they head to the Highlands as 7/2 outsiders (bet365) on Saturday. Inverness, Stan James’s 4/5 favourites, have already beaten Motherwell 2-0 at Fir Park this season and are 7/1 (Ladbrokes) to secure a 2-1 win this time.
St Johnstone avenged last season’s unexpected 1-0 home defeat by beating Ross 2-1 earlier in the season, though while Ross are currently propping up the Premiership, the draw cannot be ruled out, if only because neither side has been in particularly good form.
There seems little doubt it’ll be close and Paddy Power’s 10/3 for St Johnstone to win by a single goal has proved a magnet for backers preferring to avoid calling the correct score.
Finally, Aberdeen (13/10, Stan James) should defeat Partick (2/1, bet365) for the second time this season when the sides meet at Firhill on Sunday. They’re 12/1 (BetVictor.com) to score another 2-0 victory.
Celtic to beat Dundee 2-0 – 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
St Johnstone and Ross County to draw – 3/1 (Skybet)
Treble on Dundee Utd, Inverness & Hamilton – 19/4 (BetVictor)
Aberdeen to beat Partick – 13/10 (Stan James)