It’s quarter-final time in the Scottish Cup with each team knowing that silverware is just three wins away. St Mirren and Celtic kick off the round early on Saturday, before Hamilton and Falkirk lock horns at New Douglas Park. Then it’s a Dundee derby on Sunday, followed by Hibernian’s visit to Kilmarnock.
You’ll find all four quarter-finals covered below and new customers can register here for up to £20 in free bets with their first deposit to place on any of the tips outlined here.
Saturday, March 2nd
St Mirren v Celtic (12.45pm)
Home win: 21/4 Draw: 16/5 Away win: 2/5
Key stat: St Mirren ended Celtic’s treble hopes with a 3-2 win in the League Cup.
Betting tip: With St Mirren coming off a good midweek win and Celtic losing to Motherwell on Wednesday, the home side will be confident of repeating their League Cup heroics. A strong Celtic side may well win the match in the end, but they have conceded in their last three away matches, making a bet on both sides to score, as happened at Hampden, one to consider at odds of 7/10.
Hamilton v Falkirk (3.00pm)
Home win: 16/11 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 6/4
Key stat: Hamilton haven’t won in four games, while Falkirk have won three on the trot.
Betting tip: Not only have Falkirk won three matches in a row, but they have won each of them without conceding. A bet on an away win to nil on Saturday is one to take a look at, therefore, with the bet priced at 18/5.
Sunday, March 3rd
Dundee v Dundee United (12.45pm)
Home win: 31/10 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 3/4
Key stat: These two have played twice already in the league this year, with United winning on both occasions.
Betting tip: With Dundee rock bottom of the SPL and with their neighbours improving under their new manager, nobody gives the home side much hope in this one. United have won the two derbies by 3-0 scorelines so far this season and the odds on them to do so again are 14/1, so that is perhaps worth a cheeky punt.
Kilmarnock v Hibernian (3.00pm)
Home win: 5/4 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 24/13
Key stat: These two sides played just four days before their tie on Sunday, with the game finishing 2-2.
Betting tip: All the goals in Wednesday’s clash came in the second half. There is little to separate them, so it’d be no big surprise if this one went to a replay. Perhaps backing a half-time/full-time bet for the two sides to be level at the end of both halves once again could pay off, and the odds on such an eventuality are a tempting 17/4.