Hibs v Raith Rovers
The first of our Scottish Cup fifth round betting tips is for Hibs v Raith Rovers. Scottish Premiership side Hibs enjoy home advantage when welcoming lower-league opposition to Easter Road in the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup. The capital city firm head into this contest on the back of a difficult couple of weeks that resulted in the club parting ways with manager Neil Lennon.
Their future remains unclear and four defeats from five has dragged them down to eighth in the Scottish Premiership. Confidence is low in the camp, but home advantage should be enough to see them avoid a cup upset. Back the locals in your accumulators at 3/10 with Bet365. That makes more appeal than Raith’s 11/1 – top price at Ladbrokes – or the 9/2 (Bet365) for a draw.
East Fife v Partick
Lowly East Fife pulled off one of the shock results of the round last time when knocking Championship side Greenock Morton out of the cup at this venue, piling pressure on the coaching team at Cappielow. They line-up against another opponent from the second-tier of Scottish football but we expect Thistle to learn from The Ton’s mistakes and give this tie their full attention. Morton left a number of regular starters out, Partick won’t be as foolish. The away win makes sense at 11/10 with Ladbrokes and that’s a better price than we expect to find. East Fife are 12/5 (Bet365) for another shock result, the draw 5/2.
St Mirren v Dundee Utd
This will be interesting as a struggling Premiership club take on an ambitious Championship opponent looking to go deep into this competition while securing promotion back to the big league. The Saints are bottom of their division with stats of 3-3-19, leaving them on 12 points, already six behind Hamilton and safety.
It really doesn’t pay to trust them with our cash at the moment and we’d much rather back the away win. United invested in better players during the January transfer window and look value at 9/4 – market best price with Bet365 – to progress. A draw goes at the same price with the same firm, the home cheer 13/10 with Coral.
Kilmarnock v Rangers
Tie of the round and this match goes ahead live on Premier Sports from 5.15pm. Kilmarnock beat Rangers at this venue recently on league action but were knocked out of the League Cup by Steven Gerrard’s side earlier in the season. Both teams will fancy their chances at bagging a place in the next round and this promises to be a thrilling contest and great advert for the competition.
Rangers beat Aberdeen 4-2 at Pittodrie in midweek to strengthen their position behind leaders Celtic; however, they lost star striker Alfredo Morelos to a sending off in the process and he’ll miss this match. Jermain Defoe scored his team’s fourth that night, netted the opener against Killie in January and will surely lead the line here. Kilmarnock sit fourth in the Premiership and are without a win in three, that drought showing two draws and a defeat. They’ll raise their game when Rangers come to town, but we support the visitors at 7/10 (Coral). Killie are 4/1 through Bet365, a level finish 14/5.
Celtic v St Johnstone
Another all Premiership clash but it’s one bookmakers expect the champions to win at a canter and backers will have to work hard for a share of the value from this fixture. The home win is quoted as a 1/4 favourite, with many firms keeping their distance around the 1/5 mark.
That’ll push backers into the specials markets where they’ll find a Celtic win to nil as a 5/6 shot at Bet365. One for your weekend multiples. Prefer to take a chance on the upset? The draw is 5/1 with Bet365, who also price St Johnstone at a stunning 14/1. Not for us, but we really wouldn’t talk anyone out of an interest play on the bigger price.
Hearts v Auchinleck
A day out for the minnows of Auckinleck as they look to extend their Scottish Cup adventure at the expense of Hearts. They beat Ayr United 1-0 in the last round live on TV, McCracken scoring a memorable goal on 78 minutes to shoot down the Championship title chasers. Will we see a repeat performance? It’s unlikely and now Hearts know what to expect you’ve got to fancy them to do a professional job and get through this match with a bit to spare. The Jambos can’t be touched at Coral’s 1/10, but we’ll take them -3 goals on the handicap at 2/1 with Bet365. Another giant killing for Auchinleck is 29/1, the draw 9/1 (Bet365).
Aberdeen v QOS
Aberdeen have won only one of their last three in the Scottish Premiership; however, they’ll rate their chances highly of beating Queen of the South from the Championship and moving a step closer to yet another Hampden appearance. The Dons lost 4-2 to Rangers at this venue on Wednesday in what was a dramatic fixture with two penalties scored and two red cards shown.
They’ll aim to be more professional here and although the locals will get nothing for free off a talented opponent, we have Aberdeen backed at 1/4 (888sport). A bet best suited to accumulators. If you’d like a bit more of a price you can try your luck on both teams to score at 6/5 (Bet365). QOS will net backers a fabulous 14/1 at Bet365, the draw 4/1.
Ross County v Inverness
The last of our Scottish Cup fifth round betting tips is for Ross County v Inverness. Two Championship sides clash in Monday night’s match and this will be the fourth meeting of these rivals this season. The head-to-head stands at Ross County 1-0 Inverness with two draws. The first encounter, back in September, ended goalless at this venue, the return a 2-2 finish in the highlands. County nicked a 2-1 at the tail end of last year and we expect another close battle here. Try the draw at 14/5 with 888sport. If you’d rather pick sides, County can be backed at 8/13 (Bet365), Super Caley a 9/2 poke with the same firm.