Hearts v Rangers
The first of our April 20 Scottish Premiership betting tips is for Hearts v Rangers. We enjoy a fantastic start to the weekend when Hearts host Rangers in Edinburgh, a Scottish Premiership fixture shown live from 12.00pm. These sides met only recently at Ibrox, with the blues easing to victory and bookmakers expect more of the same here, although The Jambos will be eager to show they are no pushovers at Tynecastle and there’s little doubt they are good enough to get something out of this game, if their mind is on the job. Following the Premiership split, Hearts are sixth with three defeats in their last four but are just two points behind rivals Hibs and will be desperate to finish above their neighbours. The home win is 4/1 at Betfred. Nice, but it’s not for us.
An Impressive Win
Rangers impressed when handing out a 3-0 beating to Motherwell on the road last time. Steven Gerrard’s side have struggled for points away from home this season and that has cost them the chance to pressure champions in-waiting Celtic, but they showed their class that day, pressing a high line and taking advantage of any slip ups in a nervy Well defence. Scott Arfield doesn’t score too many hattricks from the middle of the field, but he did just that at Fir Park, helped to the treble by the unselfishness of former England striker Jermain Defoe. The Gers are favourites to win and take a step closer to securing second place, priced at 8/13 at Bet365. That’ll work for us and deserves a place in our weekend accumulators.
Hamilton v Motherwell
Hamilton started the week in 10th, sitting one place and four points better than St Mirren in the relegation zone. They have a bit of breathing space over the two teams ranked below them in the ladder but have achieved nothing as of yet and know they must build on a last time out draw if they are to avoid being sucked into the danger zone. Accies secured an important point when ending 1-1 with St Mirren at New Douglas Park, a Davies opener on 63 minutes cancelled out by a Dreyer penalty on 66. Another draw would help the locals and can be backed at 11/5 at Bet365, the home win written off at 13/5 also at Bet365.
Looking at a Bottom Six Finish
Motherwell were well beaten by Rangers in front of their own fans last time and that was a result that helped ensure they will finish up in the bottom-six this season, missing out on another cash injection that comes from a fourth meeting with Celtic and Rangers. Three defeats in four, including a loss in each of their last two has The Steelmen down in eighth, one behind St Johnstone in seventh and one better than Livingston in ninth. With little to play for they will struggle to find the fighting spirit needed to win games. Despite that, bookies have the locals as favourites, offering 6/5 at Ladbrokes.
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen
Game of the day on Saturday from the top-flight of Scottish football and we see a meeting of two sides who fancied their chances of finishing second this season but are now looking more likely to end third and fourth. The rivals start the week level on 58 points, eight behind Rangers who are sitting in the silver medal position. Killie are higher in the pecking order thanks to goal difference and have won three and drawn two of their last five. Despite their form and home advantage, Kilmarnock have been priced as second favourites, and that shocked us. Back the locals at 7/4 at Unibet, best played as a single.
Going for the Bronze Medal
Aberdeen have won only two of their last five – that run made up of a pair of draws and one defeat – but the two victories mentioned did come in their two most recent starts and fans will want to see the team rally to a bronze medal, helping dampen the blow of missing out on second to Rangers. They stuck the boot in with a 2-0 win over lowly Dundee and that caught the eye of traders who responded by chalking the away day up as a 15/8 jolly at Ladbrokes. There’s no value in that bet.
Livingston v St Mirren
Livingston are far enough ahead of the relegation battle to ensure they will finish the season with nothing to worry about, but they do still have a chance at ending as high as seventh in their first season back in the top-flight and that should keep them sharp. Winning the bottom-six mini league will also appeal to fans and they have a great chance to collect what will be their 12th win of the season when hosting a Saints side who are in real danger of being relegated. The home win is a bet that appeals to us at evens at 888sport.
The Home Advantage
St Mirren do have more to fight for here as they head into game 34 of their season with bottom club Dundee just three points behind, Hamilton and safety four ahead. Will the Paisley club pull off another great escape? It’s possible, but they have lost three of their last five, winning one and drawing the other, missing the chance to close the gap on Hamilton last time. We think St Mirren are best opposed, despite bookies offering 3/1 at Betfred on the away win.
Hibs v Celtic
The last of our April 20 Scottish Premiership betting tips is for Hibs v Celtic. Every point gained now will be one that pushes Hibs closer to crossing the finish line ahead of rivals Hearts and they will hope Rangers can do them a favour and win at Tynecastle on Saturday. To do their bit they must beat a Celtic side on an unbeaten run under Neil Lennon – a man who knows Easter Road all too well. Traders don’t give the locals a chance and offer Hibs at 13/2 at Bet365.
Waiting to be Crowned
Celtic are winding down the clock to their title win and it’s now a matter of when they will grab the crown, rather than if. They beat Rangers in the Old Firm Derby at Parkhead but had to settle for an uninspiring draw with Livingston at Parkhead. With the job done, will they roll to a finish? We’re going to stay on the fence and back another share at 16/5 at Bet365, which is easier to play than Celtic at 4/9 at Ladbrokes.