SPL fans will be looking to their clubs, not Santa Claus, to give them an early Christmas present this weekend and St Mirren and Motherwell fans could get theirs earlier than the rest with their Friday night game. Then Aberdeen play St Johnstone, Celtic host Ross County and Dundee make the trip to Inverness on Saturday. And on Sunday we’ll have Kilmarnock v Hibernian and Hearts v Dundee United to keep us entertained before the holiday week.
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Friday, December 21st
St Mirren v Motherwell (7.45pm)
Home win: 2/1 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 6/5
Key stat: There have only been three goals in the last four meetings between these two at St Mirren Park.
Betting tip: Neither of these sides have done anything spectacular on the goalscoring front this season so another low-scoring game would be no surprise. Have a punt on less than 2.5 goals, at 4/5 in this one, or even on less than 1.5 goals at 23/10 for a slightly bigger potential return.
Saturday, December 22nd
Aberdeen v St Johnstone (3.00pm)
Home win: Evens Draw: 9/4 Away win: 12/5
Key stat: Both times these two played at Pittodrie last year we saw goalless draws.
Betting tip: It might be worth backing another 0-0 scoreline in this matchup after the fans at Aberdeen failed to see a single goal over two matches when hosting the Saints last year. The odds on yet another goalless draw are 27/4 – a price which could give your Christmas budget a nice little boost.
Celtic v Ross County (3.00pm)
Home win: 3/20 Draw: 25/4 Away win: 10/1
Key stat: Celtic have won five out of their last six, scoring first in all six of those matches.
Betting tip: It certainly helps to score the first goal in a football match and Celtic have proved that as they come in to this one with four wins on the trot. Bright starts helped Neil Lennon’s side pick up those wins so he’ll be hoping for another one on Saturday. At home and against tenth-placed Ross County, his side should score first and are priced at 1/5 to do so.
Inverness v Dundee (3.00pm)
Home win: 1/2 Draw: 11/4 Away win: 5/1
Key stat: Inverness scored and conceded four goals last weekend.
Betting tip: After an eight-goal thriller last weekend, those looking for goals would do well to follow Inverness’ exploits this weekend. The league’s top scorers even scored four past this Saturday’s opponents when they won 4-1 in Dundee earlier in the season. Another game with five or more goals is priced at 31/10 and would be no big surprise.
Sunday, December 23rd
Kilmarnock v Hibernian (12.45pm)
Home win: 13/10 Draw: 9/4 Away win: 9/5
Key stat: Both sides have scored in their last six meetings at Rugby Park.
Betting tip: The Kilmarnock v Hibernian fixture has not been kind to goalkeepers in recent years, with the last clean sheet coming in 2008. For that reason, it makes sense to back both sides to score, which you can do with bwin.com at 1/2.
Hearts v Dundee United (4.30pm)
Home win: 23/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 21/10
Key stat: United have netted 12 times in three matches.
Betting tip: Dundee United look in impressive goalscoring form and have scored in each of their last 12 games. That makes a bet on the away side to score at least one goal on Sunday look like one of the safest of the weekend and is priced at 21/50.