Following a run of three league victories and a draw, during which they have yet to concede a goal, Celtic’s unstoppable surge to the top of the Premiership table was confirmed when they hammered Motherwell 4-0 on Wednesday night.
Not surprisingly, they travel to Ross County on Saturday priced as William Hill’s 1/5 favourites to secure another three points, though it’s worth noting that the last side to deny Celtic victory was Ross – at Parkhead. The home side start as Stan James’s 9/1 underdogs, but the likelihood of it finishing all square again (5/1, BetVictor.com) is worthy of further consideration – a 1-1 result is priced at 12/1 by bet365.
Meanwhile, Motherwell, mauled by the champions in midweek, face another tough assignment at Dundee United this weekend. Skybet offer United at 1/2 to win; considering they’ve lost just twice since early November, Betway’s 7/1 for them to record a 2-0 victory looks very good value.
Hamilton’s status as 7/5 favourites (Winner.com) to overhaul Inverness (17/10, Ladbrokes) on Saturday raised a few eyebrows amongst punters after the Accies suffered a 5-0 thrashing against Partick on Wednesday. Hamilton have lost four of their last six Premiership contests whereas Inverness have won their last four. At 8/1 to win 1-0 (Stan James), Caley Thistle appear a little over-priced.
Only St Mirren have lost more home games than Kilmarnock this season, a statistic which may offer hope to Partick, Saturday’s visitors to Rugby Park. Despite their home form and a run of three consecutive defeats, Killie kick off priced as BetVictor’s 11/10 favourites, while Partick, fresh from their dismantling of Hamilton, can be backed at 5/2 with bet365.
Kilmarnock have lost nine of their last dozen league fixtures, an abysmal run which adds appeal to Betway’s 10/1 for Partick to register a 2-1 victory, although as insurance, punters may also fancy Paddy Power’s 13/2, posted against it finishing 1-1.
Finally, St Mirren, who have won only two league matches since early October, welcome Dundee on Saturday, a side unbeaten in their last four. Betfred price the Dark Blues at 13/8 to win and Ladbrokes’ 11/2 for them to emerge victorious following a drawn first half is likely to appeal to those mindful of the fact that the Buddies are yet to win at home.