League leaders Hearts are well backed at 4/5 (Stan James) to secure another three points when they host Partick on Saturday. The pair have not met since 2013-14 when their four contests yielded 16 goals; BetVictor.com rates the chances of both teams scoring this time at 4/6 – most of them are expected to be netted by the Jambos who are 14/1 (bet365) to win 3-1.
Celtic and Dundee United, who meet at noon, locked horns on seven different occasions last season, with the champions enjoying an aggregate, seven-match scoreline of 20-3. United, who enjoyed one solitary victory in that period, open as Ladbrokes’ 15/2 underdogs to secure maximum points, whereas Celtic, 2/5 to win with William Hill, are attractively priced at 10/3 (Skybet) to enjoy a two-goal margin of victory.
The last three contests between Aberdeen and Dundee have ended all-square, but given their status as Winner.com’s 8/13 favourites, that run of stalemates is expected to end on Saturday with a win for the Dons. For the record, a fourth consecutive draw is priced at 3/1 by Paddy Power.
Inverness, who won all three of their league fixtures against Hamilton last term, are priced at 10/11 (Stan James) to carry on where they left off and register another three points on Saturday. Yet Hamilton surprised a number of punters by thumping Dundee United 4-0 last weekend and at 3/1 (BetVictor.com) to register back-to-back victories, they appear worthy of modest support.
St Johnstone and Motherwell have endured indifferent starts to their respective campaigns, registering just one win between them in their opening eight league fixtures. Nevertheless, given the benefit of home advantage, Stan James install the Saints as their 6/5 favourites to claim three points when the pair meet at the weekend. There has been sustained support for the draw, offered at an eye-catching 13/5 by bet365, while Ladbrokes’ chunky 9/2 for both halves to finish in stalemate has also attracted plenty of attention.
In what promises to be a tight affair, Skybet’s 6/4 for the opening period of the match involving Kilmarnock and Ross County to end goalless is worthy of further consideration; backers expecting the match to yield goals can get evens (Winner.com) about both sides finding the back of the net – Killie are 4/6 with Paddy Power to open the scoring.
Hamilton to beat Inverness – 3/1 (BetVictor)
St Johnstone and Motherwell to draw – 13/5 (bet365)
Celtic to beat Dundee Utd by two – 10/3 (Skybet)
Hearts, Celtic and Aberdeen treble – 3/1 (William Hill)