Scottish Premiership Preview and Betting Tips
Friday 13th – Saturday 14th October
Match Previews and Betting Tips
Surprisingly, with eight games played, Glasgow Celtic have not as yet sprinted clear of the field in the Scottish Premiership. Although top of the table, Celtic share that position with Aberdeen but it is surely just a matter of time before the Bhoys step on the gas and leave the other eleven clubs floundering in their wake. That process could begin this weekend as Celtic look to have an easy assignment when playing Dundee at home while challengers Aberdeen face a tricky away game with Hibernian.
Friday 13th October
St. Johnstone v Glasgow Rangers. Friday the thirteenth could be an unlucky night for Glasgow Rangers as they bid to close the gap on bitter rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. Despite performing reasonably well thus far, Rangers, and indeed most other teams, are playing second fiddle to Celtic in this season’s race for the title. Now third in the table, but six points adrift of the top two, Rangers have a tough away game this Friday night when they travel to face fourth-placed St. Johnstone. Level on points with Rangers (and with an identical win, draw, lose record) St. Johnstone will prove an obstinate hurdle to overcome and home advantage could be the decisive difference between the two team. A home win for St. Johnstone is hugely overpriced at around 9/2 given the two sides’ record to date and a must-do bet at unbelievable odds.
Prediction: St. Johnstone to win
Saturday 14th October
Glasgow Celtic v Dundee. Saturday’s home game with Dundee affords Glasgow Celtic the opportunity to put some daylight between themselves and joint leaders Aberdeen. Though Celtic have not yet reached the high standards of last season they remain the best team in the Premiership and should collect maximum points this weekend although Dundee will not be easily beaten. Dundee have picked up valuable points recently from two wins and a draw in the last three games to move away from the bottom of the table and up to eighth place. Those recent wins were notable victories over Hearts and St. Johnstone but Celtic will be much tougher opponents and especially so at their own ground. A Celtic win is practically unbackable at 1/10 but the only logical bet although it could be a close call.
Prediction: Glasgow Celtic to win
Hibernian v Aberdeen. Sixth-placed Hibernian could do Celtic a tremendous favour if they can take points off joint leaders Aberdeen in Saturday’s home game. That is quite possible as Hibernian have drawn four of their last five games with the fifth ending in victory. Beating Aberdeen, who have won their last two matches, looks unlikely but a draw is a distinct possibility and a good bet at 12/5.
Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock. It’s still too early in the season to be talking about relegation battles but the game between Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock is exactly that as the two bottom clubs go in search of desperately needed points. Locked together on just three points at the foot of the table, neither side has managed a single victory in their eight completed games and that looks set to continue this weekend as a draw looks almost inevitable at odds of 12/5.
Hamilton Academical v Motherwell. Motherwell to win at 7/5
Ross County v Hearts. Ross County to win at 2/1
Premiership Best Bets
St. Johnstone to win at 9/2
Hibernian to draw at 12/5
Partick Thistle to draw at 12/5