As we career towards the campaign’s denouement, we’ve reached a point at which glory beckons for some, while top-flight survival would represent a success for others, but it’s the former that will occupy Aberdeen’s minds as they prepare to host St Mirren on Saturday.
Victory would take the Dons level on points with Celtic at the top of the Premiership – for 24 hours at least – an incentive which explains William Hill’s 2/5 price marked about a home win. St Mirren travel to Pittodrie priced as Stan James’s 8/1 outsiders, but it’s worth noting that while they’re yet to register a home win, they’re secured five away victories. Nonetheless, at 5/1 (bet365) to win 2-0, Aberdeen appear worthy of support.
Inverness (8/13, BetVictor.com) should have little trouble coping with the threat posed by Kilmarnock (5/1, Betway) and a repeat of the Jags’ 2-0 win when the pair last met in the Highlands is rated at a generous-looking 13/2 by Skybet.
St Johnstone came from behind to win 2-1 when they hosted Dundee United at McDiarmid Park in December, a result which means they’ve lost only two of their last eleven contests against the Terrors. The Saints are 10/3 (Stan James) to overhaul United (10/11, bet365) at Tannadice, while BetVictor.com rate the chances of it finishing all square at an attractive 11/4.
However, as United possess the best home record of any Premiership team, the 7/1 offered by Winner.com for them to win 2-1 cannot be discounted.
A low-scoring draw looks likely in the contest involving Motherwell (23/10, Paddy Power) and Dundee (11/8, Ladbrokes). Motherwell have managed just seven goals at home this term and the chances of it ending as a goalless draw, priced at 9/1 by Winner.com, catches the eye.
Partick and Ross are quoted at 13/5 (Stan James) to share the points – a 1-1 outcome is priced at 6/1 by bet365, but bookies anticipate a comprehensive home win in Sunday’s duel between Celtic and Hamilton at Parkhead.
The champions are 2/11 (Betway) to secure maximum points whereas the Accies, who won here in October, can be backed at 18/1 (Skybet) to repeat that success. These odds have guided many punters towards the handicap markets where Celtic are 8/15 (BetVictor.com) to win when kicking off with a one goal deficit and Hamilton can be backed at 6/4 (Ladbrokes) to win when handed a two-goal start.