Dundee United may be bwin’s clear 3/4 favourites to beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Tannadice this weekend, but given both teams’ wretched early-season form, a draw looks the clever bet at 5/2.
The Terrors’ excellent fourth-placed finish last season came on the back of their wonderful home form that saw them win 13 times in front of their own fans, but they have failed to recapture those heights so far this campaign.
United crashed out of the Europa League against Polish minnows Śląsk Wrocław early in the second qualifying round and have only registered one SPL victory – back in July at Hearts.
Peter Houston’s youthful charges have struggled to cope with the loss of top scorer David Goodwillie to Blackburn and have netted only seven times in the league this season.
Caley enjoyed a brilliant 2010/11 as well on their return to the SPL, built on their fine away record, but they too are also poor in front of goal after losing their own leading marksman, Adam Rooney, to Birmingham.
Terry Butcher’s team have an identical record to their hosts, with just one SPL win and seven goals to date.
Last season saw the two sides meet three times in league action, with United winning two of those clashes, though Caley did triumph 4-0 at Tannadice on the league’s opening day. They are priced at 7/2 to notch another three points on Saturday, but don’t expect this meeting to be as dramatic.
If the standard draw price doesn’t tickle your fancy, then something in the half-time/full-time market might, with the draw at both half-time and full-time priced at 9/2.
Failing that, punters looking for even better value should look at the correct score
market, and particularly 0-0 at odds of 33/4. Punters using their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on this outcome could pocket £231.25 if their prediction proves successful.
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