Scotland correspondent Jack Milner previews this weekend’s Scottish League Cup semi final action as the season continues north of the border.
It was a mixed week for Scottish managers south of the border with former Rotherham manager Steve Evans backed into 6/4 from 6/1 with BetVictor to replace the axed Alan Stubbs at the New York Stadium before Kenny Jackett eventually got the job in South Yorkshire. Alan Stubbs arrived in South Yorkshire with a massive reputation having led Hibs’ to a historic cup success at Hampden Park in May but he lasted just five months with his replacement a likely two horse race between Evans and former Wolves boss Kenny Jackett.
Both would cost nothing in terms of compensation, whilst Sunderland could be expected to pay upwards of £6million to replace David Moyes, should the North-East outfit sack the former Everton and Manchester United boss. The Black Cats have picked up just two points from their opening eight league games and, with seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel, they are now as short as 8/13 with BetVictor to be playing Championship football next term.
Scottish League Cup prices from BetVictor
The rumours linking Rangers and Celtic to a ‘switch’ the Championship continue to circulate but there looks little substance to the speculation of the Old Firm clubs going down south. Both clubs continue to dominate the top-flight, the Hoops especially, and BetVictor cut them again for the Title (1/33 from 1/25) after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat of Motherwell at Parkhead. That was one of several favourable results for punters with Title rivals Rangers and Aberdeen both winning to nil, but it was the Dons that really impressed beating Ross County 4-0 at Pittodrie whilst Rangers left the Caledonian Stadium with all three points thanks to a solitary strike from Gers strike Kenny Miller.
Aberdeen remain a fair price at 13/8 in the betting without the Hoops, Rangers the even money favourites, and likely to make it through to the League Cup final with the minimum with fuss over the weekend. Derek McInnes’ side were cut to 15/8 from 9/2 for League Cup success after being paired with Morton in the semi-finals are have been very well backed 1/5 favourites to beat the Laue One outfit at Hampden Park this afternoon; The Ton 12/1 with BetVictor to cause an upset and 11/2 for the tie to go beyond the 90.
The Dons arrive at the fixture seeking a sixth consecutive win on the bounce and it is difficult to see anything beyond a comfortable success for the top-flight outfit. BetVictor make them an even money chance to beat Morton to nil whilst those fancying Morton to break the Dons’ defences can back them at 2/1 to win despite conceding at the other end.
That fixture only serves as an appetiser for tomorrow’s Old Firm clash with Rangers wounded animals after the 5-1 mauling last month at Parkhead. Brendan Rodgers’ side battered their Glasgow rivals five weeks ago and have been well-supported to follow-up at the home of Scottish football tomorrow; the Hoops ½ favourites with BetVictor, the Gers 5/1 and the draw 16/5.
Mark Warburton’s side have recovered afterwards somewhat, winning back-to-back games against Kilmarnock and Inverness both to nil, but have lacked that creative spark that saw them stroll to the Championship last term. I’d expect the Gers to try and contain their Old Firm rivals and avoid being blown away by the likes of Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele in the final third and Warburton wary of the Hoops opening the floodgates as they did in Glasgow last month. The both teams to score bet should prove popular at 4/6 but I’m more inclined to go for the opposite at 11/10, and likewise for the Under 2.5 goals.
The 1-1 correct score is the 15/2 co-favourite of four alongside the Hoops’ winning by 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, and there looks little value in that market. There is plenty of juice in the price of Patrick Roberts setting the world alight tomorrow however, with the Manchester City loanee too big at both 7/1 to break the deadlock and 2/1 to net anytime at Hampden.
For all the latest odds head to BetVictor.com
Good Luck and happy punting