SPFL Weekend Betting Preview

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It's the final full set of fixtures before the split, and although there are no places in the top or bottom still up for grabs there are hugely important league points at stake. But what are you going to stake? Let's take a look at some facts and figures and try and guide you on your merry betting way... https://www.mcbookie.com/

HEARTS (3/1) vs (EVS) ABERDEEN While Hearts struggled at Dundee last week, Aberdeen demolished St Johnstone. Of course I'd picked an easy Hearts win and Saints to cause the Dons trouble but never mind... We move on. Quickly. This will be Aberdeen's first visit to the new look Tynecastle, having drawn 0-0 at Murrayfield back in September. The two sides also drew a blank at Pittodrie in December. Surely we can't have a third goalless draw between the teams this time round? 7/1 is the price if you fancy an unlikely repeat. The Dons followed up that thumping of St Johnstone with a tidy 2-0 win at Motherwell during the week, making it three wins in a row following a short, sticky spell. It is now Hearts who are struggling for form, with only one win in seven. Even that came against hapless Partick. Tynie isn't always kind to Aberdeen but I fancy they might just nick this one. Aberdeen to win and both teams to score is 19/5.

PARTICK THISTLE (13/5) vs (23/20) KILMARNOCK With only one league win in 2018 the Jags are a sinking ship. Beaten 2-0, 3-0, and 4-0 in their last three games they are now bottom of the table. Killie are unbeaten in nine league games, and have won their last three. 23/20 is a terrific price on a form team to beat relegation fodder. Take it and run! Not good enough for you? One, you're nuts! Two, Thistle average just 0.81 goals a game. Kille have clean sheets in three of their last four league games. Killie to win to nil is 23/10. I'm just saying...

RANGERS (1/3) vs (8/1) DUNDEE What a difference a week makes! Seven days ago Rangers would have been ridiculous odds to beat a hopeless Dundee. But after two positive draws against Hearts and Celtic the odds look more favourable. That is if the Rangers from the second-half at Motherwell last week turn up. Graeme Murty's men were taken to the cleaners in the first 45 minutes at Fir Park last Saturday. Had it not been for a fortuitous penalty award (shock) things may have ended differently. Dundee executed their game plan to hold Celtic to perfection in midweek and will likely adopt a similar approach at Ibrox as they bid to scratch and claw their way to the points they need to pull themselves to safety. Dee were thrashed 4-1 by Pedro's Gers at Ibrox early in the season and then beat Murty's team at Dens Park in November. Dundee's ambition will likely be minimal as they seek to replicate what brought them success at Celtic in midweek. Can they hold out again for another 90 minutes? Doubtful. Those factors combined make Rangers to win to nil at 11/8 a tempting offer.

ROSS COUNTY (27/10) vs (EVS) HIBERNIAN County finally climbed off the bottom of the table after thrashing Partick in midweek. Hibs, unbeaten in eight with six wins, continue to tick along nicely. This game looks nicely timed between two sides who will be feeling good. Even money on Hibs looks a decent bet in its own right. But we can do better. Neil Lennon's team haven't found things easy against County this season, winning both fixtures by only a single goal (1-0 in Dingwall at 2-1 at home) and the long trip north won't come with cheap rewards now County's heart is beating again in 11th place. Hibs to win and both teams to score is 31/10. If County are to stay up then Alex Schalk will be crucial. He has inspired their only two wins in 2018 with a brace at Dundee and midweek hat-trick against Partick. He will be the biggest threat to Hibs' backline and is 6/4 to score anytime. The Hibees have been reliant on two inspired January signings for their goals recently. After his own midweek hat-trick Florian Kamberi is 19/20 to find the net at anytime while Jamie Maclaren, who opened the scoring against Partick last Saturday, is 13/10.

ST JOHNSTONE (31/20) vs (15/8) MOTHERWELL It's been a tough seven days for these two sides. Saints were smashed by Aberdeen on Saturday while Well were beaten by the Dons in midweek, having surrendered a 2-0 lead against Rangers on the Saturday. Those results left both teams resigned to a place in the bottom six. The Steelmen will also be desperate to find momentum before they face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final in a weeks time. Saints thrashed Well 4-1 at McDiarmid in a calamity game for the Lanarkshire side right at the start of the season with Well winning the return fixture at Fir Park 2-0 in February. I don't see a lot of goals in this game. Clearly the bookies agree with under 2.5 goals on offer at 3/5. Ultimately I think backing the draw at 9/4 could be the best way to go in this one. And I think both teams would take that too.

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HAMILTON (14/1) vs (1/5) CELTIC Celtic's failure to beat Dundee at home in midweek would have bust many a coupon. It leaves Brendan Rodgers' team still searching for 9 points to confirm a seventh successive league title. In reality it's a matter of time of course. And they will move three points closer at the Superseal on Sunday. But 1/5 doesn't give you any reasonable return on that. League games involving Accies average 3.12 goals this season while Celtic's matches have produced 2.56 goals over the average 90 minutes. Celtic to win and over 3.5 goals might be squeezing it a bit but at 17/10 it looks worth a go in a game which is difficult to generate value from. Celtic's James Forrest must be in with a shout when the player of the year awards come around. The 26-year-old has 16 goals in all competitions this season but hasn't found the net since a Scottish cup hat-trick against Partick in early February. 19/10 is the price for him to break that duck at anytime in 90 minutes and I like the cut of that jib.

BEST OF THE REST * Greenock Morton are battling hard to climb in to the play-off spots in the Championship. They currently trail third placed Dunfermline and fourth placed Dundee United by 2 points, having played one game less than the Pars but one more than United. With United travelling to 9th placed strugglers Dumbarton and Dunfermline at 8th placed Falkirk it makes an away win for Ton at 2nd placed Livingston seem essential. 14/5 is the price for them keeping their season going. The bigger price? Beat Livi and Ton will surely confirm bitter rivals St Mirren (three points short and with a gimme away at Brechin) as league champions. * There was late drama in the League One title race last weekend as leaders Ayr United came from behind to win at East Fife and Raith Rovers left it late to beat Albion Rovers to keep up their challenge. This weekend looks like another very significant one in the race to lift the trophy. I think both teams may falter slightly under the pressure. Raith have a tricky tie away to Arbroath. The Lichties are a tough nut to crack at Gayfield and are well priced at 13/8 to dent Raith's title bid. Ayr have the seemingly easier task on paper away to Airdrie. But these two enjoy a quite heated rivalry and the Honest Men have often found the going tough at the Excelsior, particularly on the plastic surface. 9/2 on the Diamonds to win is a long shot but 3/1 on the draw could be profitable. The title could hinge on the outcome of this weekend's action. * It also looks a big weekend in the League Two title race. Peterhead currently lead Montrose on goal difference, but the Angus club have a game in hand over the Blue Toon. While Peterhead are away to struggling Berwick, at a very good price of 1/2, Montrose travel to 3rd placed Stirling for a very tough away game. They are 11/8 for the three points. Despite the difficulty of the task I think they'll be up to it and keep pace with Peterhead come 4.45. * Elgin, Clyde and Stenhousemuir are locked in a three way battle for fourth and the final play-off spot in League Two. Stenny have the upper hand with two games in hand on their rivals but it is Elgin who currently occupy the spot. All three look well priced to maintain their promotion push this weekend. Elgin are 17/10 to get a vital three points away to seventh placed Annan; Clyde are even money to win at basement side Cowdenbeath and Stenny are 11/10 to win in the capital against eighth placed Edinburgh City.

So there you go. That is all you need to know about Scottish fitba this weekend. Get your selections in now. New customers can get a free £25 bet at McBookie as well, so why not take advantage of that? As always do what you do sensibly. If you think you've got a problem then deal with it. For help and advice see https://www.begambleaware.org/ Good luck!