Many punters struggling back to work this week will have undoubtedly given some thought to what they would do if they won a large amount of money.
The prospect of coming face-to-face with the boss for years to come partly explains the surge in popularity of multiple bets at this time of the year.
Indeed, with none of the Premiership’s top six at home this Saturday (Hamilton play on Monday), punters might be tempted to pair high-flying Aberdeen (7/10, bet365) and Inverness (11/10, also bet365) and back them to win.
With Celtic’s match against St Johnstone postponed, league leaders Aberdeen have an opportunity to extend their lead at the table’s summit when they travel to St Mirren (6/1, Stan James) for a re-run of a late-September fixture at Pittodrie which ended in bizarre fashion. With the Dons leading 2-0 and seemingly coasting to victory, St Mirren fought back and equalised in the 86th minute. The chances of another draw on Saturday is rated an 11/4 shot by BetVictor.com, but most backers expect Aberdeen to register three points. They’re 6/1 (Skybet) to win 2-0.
Fifth-placed Inverness are only five points behind Aberdeen and are favoured to stay at least as close following Saturday’s contest at Kilmarnock. Only the bottom three have lost more home games than Killie, a statistic which explains their starting price of 11/4 (Betway), and as Inverness are yet to draw an away match, Ladbrokes’ 7/1 for them to register a 1-0 victory holds obvious appeal.
Dundee have already drawn half (5) of their home matches and while they kick off as 10/11 favourites (Winner.com) to overhaul Motherwell (11/4, Stan James), another draw, priced at 13/5 by Paddy Power, cannot be discounted. The pair drew 1-1 at Motherwell in October and a repeat of that result is priced at 11/2 by William Hill.
Ross County have fashioned three impressive draws away from Victoria Park recently, but they have failed to record a league win since early November. BetVictor.com offer 7/4 against them beating Partick (6/4, Skybet) on Saturday, but Betway’s 11/2 for Partick to secure three points following a drawn first half cannot be discounted.
Finally, the duel involving third-placed Hamilton (6/4, Ladbrokes) and fourth-placed Dundee United (7/4, bet365) promises to be as close as those starting prices suggest. Under the circumstances, the 5/2 posted by Winner.com against it finishing on level terms looks decent value.
Aberdeen and Inverness double – 5/2 (bet365)
Dundee and Motherwell to draw – 13/5 (Paddy Power)
Hamilton and Dundee Utd to draw – 5/2 (bet365)
Draw/Partick in HT/FT betting – 11/2 (William Hill)