Hearts v Hibs
The first of our first April 6 Scottish Premiership betting tips is for Hearts v Hibs. Game of the weekend takes place in Edinburgh as rivals Hearts and Hibs go to war at Tynecastle in what is sure to be a gripping contest. We rarely see a lot of goals scored when these feuding neighbours come to blows, but followers are rarely lacking entertainment and we expect something similar here. The Jambos enjoy home advantage and will be desperate to make that count following a trip to Ibrox in midweek that would’ve taken its toll on their legs. Hearts are in with a shout of finishing fourth at the time of writing, but they’ll be just as eager to ensure they end higher up the pecking order than their rivals. The home win is 5/4 favourite – top price at Ladbrokes – and that’s the bet for us.
End of the Run
Hibs started the week on an unbeaten run, showing four wins and a draw from five. They claimed three points last weekend when beating Livingston away from home on the plastic pitch and that’s no mean feat as The Lions took points off both Rangers and Celtic there already this term. Hanlon and Mallan netted a quick-fire double to settle things, Hardie scoring a 91st minute penalty that did little to worry the victors. An away win has been priced at 9/4 by Bet365, the draw no bigger than 12/5 in the betting ring.
Celtic v Livingston
With the title already in the bag, following Sunday’s dramatic win over Rangers at Parkhead, Celtic could be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball and rolling to a finish. The Bhoys scored a great goal to take the lead against The Gers and found themselves a man to the good when Alfredo Morelos was sent off for a straight red card after aiming an elbow at Scott Brown. Ryan Kent got The Gers level but there was to be late drama as James Forrest netted a sensational winner. That was more than enough to end Rangers’ hopes of winning the title and the feel-good factor is back at Parkhead for the first time since Brendan Rodgers left. The home win is hot favourite at 2/11 – top price at Ladbrokes – and that’s good enough for your accas.
Nothing to Play For
Livingston have run their race this season and although they won’t pressure the prize places this term, they did do themselves justice and proved they are worth a place at the head table by beating a few of the division’s better teams. With little to play for between now and the flag, Livingston have won two, lost two and drawn one of five heading into the week. They are already far enough in front of the bottom three to ensure they can coast to the finish line and we’re not expecting anything special in Glasgow. The away win does nothing for us, even at 18/1 (Ladbrokes).
Dundee v Aberdeen
Dundee are bottom of the league and fully deserve their position following a run of defeats that threatens to see them dumped back down into the Championship following an extended stay at the top table. The locals needed a strong finish to make ground on Hamilton and safety but lost their way at a crucial stage of the season and are now six off the Accies in 10th. Finishing 11th will throw them the safety net of a play-off with the winners of the Championship play-offs and that’ll be their main goal now. Dundee can’t be backed, even at 5/1 (Unibet).
A Bad Run of Form
No win in four saw Aberdeen drop to fourth in the Premiership and they went into the week eight off Rangers in second, with their chances of holding onto the silver medal looking dead in the water. There’s a lot of football still to be played but Rangers now must hold onto second and ensure Gerrard’s debut season brings improvement. The Dons were beaten last weekend but there’s enough quality in the away dressing room to see them heap pressure on a leggy Dundee. Side with the away win at 4/7 (BetFred). One of your multiples.
Hamilton v St Mirren
There will be better, more attractive games of football taking places across the UK this week but in Hamilton v St Mirren we have a Scottish relegation battle that could boil over at any minute. This will be a scrap for the points with the winners knowing they will likely avoid automatic relegation to the Championship. Hamilton started the week four better than their visitors and on their way to safety. Win here and that should be enough to see them through. Accies are 13/10 at Bet365 and that bet will do for us. The draw trades 11/5 (Bet365).
Scraping the Bottom
St Mirren are second bottom of the pile following last weekend’s win, with only Dundee worse off. They started the week with recent stats of two wins against two defeats and a draw, every point nudging them a step closer to safety. We’re sure they’d take a draw if offered it before making the short trip to Hamilton from Paisley. Backing St Mirren to win this season would’ve been a short-cut to the poorhouse and we see no value in taking them to score an away day at 11/5. That’s top price when betting at Bet365.
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone
The last of our April 6 Scottish Premiership betting tips is for Kilmarnock v St Johnstone. Killie breathed new life into their season and have hopes of overthrowing Rangers and ending second in the table. That’s unlikely but while they continue to pick-up points and Gerrard’s boys continue to throw them away, everyone connected to Rugby Park will remain focussed on grabbing second behind Celtic. Bookmakers have the locals as favourites and the 5/6 at Bet365 looks good enough to use in accumulators.
A Run of Defeats
St Johnstone make this trip on a poor run of form and they started the week showing four defeats and a win in five. They are another side who know they really should’ve performed better this season and are now stumbling towards the finish line. They could win this match, of course, but we wouldn’t bet on it, even at 18/5 (bet365).