Hibs v Celtic
Our first March 2 Scottish Cup betting tips is for Hibs v Celtic. The first of the weekend’s quarter-final matches from the Scottish Cup as we have an all-Premiership tie to sort through. Hibs are struggling in the top-flight and know this competition is their best chance of saving face this season, but to get through they must eliminate the champions who are on course for an historic treble-treble and the continued dominance of Brendan Rodgers. The Edinburgh club enjoys home advantage, but bookies don’t expect that to be enough and offer the locals as 5/1 (Bet365) outsiders. The draw trading 3/1 with the same firm. Neither are good enough to impress us.
A Strong Celtic Run
Celtic go into this tie on the back of a strong run of form in the Premiership. They haven’t been blowing teams away of late, but they have been nicking hard-fought wins when staring a share in the face and that’s the form of champions. The Bhoys beat Motherwell 4-1 at Parkhead last weekend but needed two late goals to get across the line. Tighter than the final score would have you believe but we’re with another positive and add Celtic to our accumulators at 8/15 (Bet365).
This will be the fourth meeting of these sides this season, with the stats showing Celtic 2-1 Hibs. The last two clashes have ended in a 2-0 victory for the side playing at home and taking no on the both teams to score coupon makes sense, Bet365’s 19/20 worth a spot in multiples.
Aberdeen v Rangers
This first of two Scottish Cup games shown live on Premier Sports this Sunday as old rivals Aberdeen and Rangers butt-heads again at Pittodrie. The Dons knocked Rangers out of the League Cup at the semi-final stage and a chance to eliminate them from the Scottish Cup won’t be lost on the home dressing room, especially after Rangers left here with a convincing league win recently. Aberdeen has lost just one of their last five and took maximum points last weekend. Backers can support them at 11/4 with Bet365.
Rangers slipped up when drawing with St Johnstone at home in what was a surprising result, but they have been impressive for much of this year so far and banged in 10 goals in two starts against Kilmarnock in the last round of this competition and Hamilton at the weekend. A title challenge seems to be slipping away from them as Celtic move up a gear in their defence, making this campaign all the more important. Rangers must force a return to Hampden, and we expect them to do just that with a narrow win. Back The Bears at even money, a fair quote from Bet365.
Aberdeen and Rangers have met four times already this season and there’s nothing between the sides, suggesting we’re set for another fiery encounter. The opening league match ended 1-1 before Aberdeen nicked a 1-0 at the national stadium. The Dons then left Ibrox with three points thanks to a Scott McKenna goal, Rangers returning the favour in February with a 4-2 success.
Dundee Utd v Inverness
An all-Championship tie as an ambitious Dundee Utd look to prove they are moving back towards the big time by securing a return to Hampden. To do that they must defeat a draw specialist in Inverness who trip to the city of discovery with reason to believe they have more than half a chance of sneaking through this one. Caley is no stranger to a cup upset, as we remember all too well. United sit third in the Championship, five points off leaders Ross County and went into the week unbeaten in three – two wins and a draw. They are favourites to get the desired result here and backers can get their hands on 11/10 – Bet365 the most generous firm on the list.
A Promotion Play-Off?
Inverness have lost two of their last three in the league but are in the mix for a promotion play-off place, enjoying a five-point cushion over Dunfermline in fifth and they are a dozen behind The Staggies in pole. Caley board the team bus having beaten Greenock Morton 1-0 on Saturday courtesy of a goal from Tremarco on 11 minutes. That result piled pressure on Jonathan Johansson who is feeling the strain at Cappielow. Inverness are 11/4 to win, the draw a 9/4 poke with Bet365, but we’re going with The Arabs who have caught the eye since making sweeping changes.
Partick v Hearts
The last of our March 2 Scottish Cup betting tips is for Partick v Hearts. The final match of the quarter-finals will be played in Glasgow on Monday evening as Championship strugglers Partick Thistle take on Premiership side Hearts. The Jags may be staring at relegation to the third-tier of Scottish football but they’ll leave their troubles at the door and enjoy an evening of cup football. Thistle are bottom of the league with stats of 7-4-14 and lost last time, which has done nothing to help them win over traders who give 5/1 (Bet365) on the home win, a draw 3/1 with the same firm at the time of writing.
Hearts are back in Glasgow and know this is one of the better chances they’ll have of collecting a win in the city. The Jambos have blown hot and cold this season, as their form confirms, 13 wins and five draws against nine defeats. That has Levein’s side fifth in the table at the start of the week, six points ahead of rivals Hibs and six behind Aberdeen in third.
Keeping a healthy distance between themselves and The Hibees is important to fans, but they can’t be written off for a European finish just yet either. Hearts are 8/15 favourites with Bet365 and that’s better than we expected. That price would work well in accumulators but will also catch the eye of big-hitters looking to invest in a super single. Thistle will be no pushovers on their own patch, but the Premiership class should shine through in the end and there’s 11/8 (Bet365) on the away day -1 goal on the handicap.