Premiership teams commence a punishing schedule this weekend that will see them squeeze in at least half a dozen games by early January. St Johnstone start their heavy duty match schedule on Saturday with a visit to St Mirren.
The Perthshire side suffered an unexpected 2-1 defeat when the sides met at McDiarmid Park last month yet on this occasion, even with home advantage, St Mirren’s starting price is 2/1 (William Hill), whereas St Johnstone open at 13/10 with Stan James.
Inverness and Dundee played out a goalless draw in the Highlands earlier in the campaign and Paddy Power’s 9/1, available for those who suspect it’ll end goalless again when the pair renew acquaintances at Dens Park on Saturday is worthy of note.
Some punters might be tempted by Betway’s 1/2 price for the Dark Blues to win when handed the benefit of a one-goal start, while those mindful of underpinning their wager with an element of insurance may prefer BetVictor’s 10/3 odds for the fixture to end as a score draw, or else the 5/2 posted by Ladbrokes against it finishing with honours even.
Aberdeen and Hamilton faced each other twice last month with the Accies recording the more impressive victory when they hammered the Dons 3-0 at New Douglas Park. However, it’s the Dons who kick off as bet365’s 5/6 favourites to avenge that heavy league defeat, although Skybet’s 7/1, chalked in favour of Hamilton once again winning without conceding, has found favour amongst particularly ambitious punters.
Partick’s duel with Kilmarnock promises to be close, for while Killie beat the Jags 3-0 when the pair met at Rugby Park in September, as they enjoy the benefit of home advantage, Partick are installed as BetVictor’s 6/5 favourites.
Backers anticipating a close encounter have been keen to take advantage of the 11/4 available at bet365 for Partick to enjoy a one-goal margin of victory, while the 15/2 odds (Coral) for them to secure a 1-0 victory has attracted plenty of support.
Finally, although the last two meetings of Motherwell and Celtic have ended with honours even, including a 1-1 draw at Parkhead in September, Ladbrokes’s 4/11 chalked against a Celtic success at Fir Park looks about right.
St Mirren to beat St Johnstone – 2/1 (William Hill)
Partick to beat Kilmarnock by one – 11/4 (bet365)
Aberdeen and Celtic double – 6/4 (BetVictor)
Dundee and Inverness to draw – 5/2 (Ladbrokes)