Despite last weekend’s unexpected setback at Inverness, league leaders Aberdeen have enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign – to the point where they’re now 13/2 (Skybet) to be crowned champions.
They’re 8/15 odds-on favourites (Winner.com) to secure three points on Saturday, even though their opponents, St Johnstone, won the corresponding fixture (when similarly priced) last season. In fact, St Johnstone lost only once in four duels with the Dons last term and their 6/1 (Ladbrokes) to register victory looks particularly inviting.
Dundee scored three straight victories over Motherwell last term and despite only recording one home win so far this term, they’re an even money shot with bet365 to make it four on the bounce this weekend. Stan James price Dundee at 11/4 to win without conceding, while BetVictor.com offer a 1-0 home win at 13/2.
Hearts have beaten Kilmarnock once already this season (a 3-2 League Cup success) and their 4/6 odds (William Hill) to follow that up with a league victory at Tynecastle on Saturday look completely justified. Only Celtic have scored more home goals than the Jambos and Paddy Power’s 17/2 for them to register a 2-0 victory has attracted steady support.
Honours were even when Partick and Dundee United locked horns last season – the pair registered one win apiece and the corresponding contest at Partick ended 2-2. A repeat of that result is rated a 14/1 chance by Skybet, while the match draw is priced at 5/2 by Paddy Power and the likelihood of it ending as score draw is considered a 10/3 shot by Stan James.
The duo have secured just one win between them in 18 league matches to date, an abysmal run which suggests that BetVictor’s 9/1 for it to end goalless is worthy of a modest punt.
Only Aberdeen and Celtic have won more home matches than Ross County this term and as they prepare to face an Inverness side winless away from home, many backers would conclude that at 5/4 (bet365) County look decent value to register another home win. Winner.com offer 5/6 about the game yielding fewer than 2.5 goals, but it’s difficult to see anything other than a home victory – a 1-0 Ross success is priced at 6/1 by William Hill.
Finally, Hamilton, one of four Premiership teams unbeaten at home, host Celtic on Saturday, the former offered at 7/1 (Ladbrokes) to register three points, with the champions available at 4/9 (BetVictor.com). Punters who fancy neither price may prefer the 4/1 chalked by bet365 against it finishing with honours even.