This Saturday’s SPL fixture list sees Hibernian visit table-toppers and Champions League qualifiers Celtic, while Aberdeen host St Mirren, Kilmarnock travel to newly-promoted Ross County and St Johnstone play Dundee United. That’s followed on Sunday by Dundee’s trip to Hearts and Motherwell’s fixture against Inverness.
Read on for some top tips on each of these games any of which can be backed with the free £20 bet on offer for anyone registering with bwin today.
Saturday, September 1st
Aberdeen v St Mirren (3.00pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 21/10 Away win: 5/2
Key stat: St Mirren have not lost to the Dons in their last six meetings.
Betting tip: Don’t bet on a home win in this one if recent history is anything to go by. With the Saints confident after a 5-1 midweek cup win, go for a double chance bet on a St Mirren win or a draw, at 67/100 with bwin.com.
Celtic v Hibernian (3.00pm)
Home win: 1/5 Draw: 9/2 Away win: 11/1
Key stat: Celtic have been the half-time leaders in their last three matches.
Betting tip: With Celtic two goals up at half-time on their way to a 5-0 victory the last time this pair met, it makes sense to back the table-toppers to be ahead at both the break and the final whistle on Saturday at odds of 13/20.
Ross County v Kilmarnock (3.00pm)
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 21/10 Away win: 23/10
Key stat: Ross County’s first four league games have seen just three goals scored – two for and one against.
Betting tip: The odds on another low-scoring match for Ross County are worth a look. Less than 2.5 goals is on offer at 13/20, while under 1.5 goals is available at a tempting 39/20.
St Johnstone v Dundee United (3.00pm)
Home win: 23/10 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 21/20
Key stat: The Saints are yet to pick up an SPL win this season – losing three out of their four games so far.
Betting tip: In those four winless matches, St Johnstone have only scored twice. That makes a bet on a win to nil for third-placed United look very appealing at 23/10.
Sunday, September 2nd
Hearts v Dundee (3.00pm)
Home win: 1/2 Draw: 11/4 Away win: 13/5
Key stat: After four matches, Dundee are still without an SPL goal.
Betting tip: Though Hearts may be tired after a Thursday night Europa League outing against Liverpool, the Edinburgh side will still expect to keep a clean sheet against a weak Dundee side and are priced at 11/10 to do exactly that.
Motherwell v Inverness CT (3.00pm)
Home win: 19/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 13/5
Key stat: In Inverness’ first five games of the season, they have scored exactly two goals in four of them.
Betting tip: Backing the away side to score twice again with a correct score bet could pay off. They are priced at 17/1 to win 2-0, 23/2 to win 2-1 and the odds are 27/2 for them to head back to the Highlands with a 2-2 draw.
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