Despite successive defeats to either side of the Old Firm, Motherwell have still made their best start to a league campaign for 34 years – a run which saw boss Stuart McCall scoop the SPL manager of the month award for July/August.
The Steelmen will be hoping to continue their good form when St Johnstone visit Fir Park on Saturday and are 22/25 odds-on favourites with bwin to beat the Perth Saints.
St Johnstone, for their part, will have to overcome long odds of 31/10 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market if they are to escape Lanarkshire with all three points.
Motherwell’s chances are boosted by the addition of Omar Daley and they will be hoping the former Preston North End winger can provide some more spark to an already lively attacking line-up that has found the net nine times so far this season.
Such has been Motherwell’s potency in front of goal that they are only on offer at an unattractive 1/5 to find the net in 90 minutes on Saturday. A much more appealing proposition might be to back the hosts to be winning at both half-time and full-time at odds of 19/10.
Motherwell are also available at 12/5 to win the game starting with a one-goal handicap and new bwin customers who stake their £25 free bet on this outcome stand to win £85 if successful.
St Johnstone are shaping up to be this season’s Jekyll and Hyde team, and much will depend on which side show up at Fir Park on Saturday.
Will it be the same team that ended August with three wins out of three in league and cup, scoring seven goals and defeating Celtic at Parkhead, or will it be the one that has stuttered through the rest of the season, failing to score a single goal in any one of their other four matches?
Looking back to last season, the evidence suggests that we are likely to see the latter. St Johnstone lost three out of four meetings with Motherwell in 2010-11 with an aggregate score of 9-1, so if they can scrape a draw at odds of 9/4 then manager Derek McInnes will surely be satisfied.
The best option for anyone determined to bet on St Johnstone this weekend could be to back a draw with a one-goal handicap in their favour – an outcome which is priced at 5/2.
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