Scottish Premiership Betting Tips & Predictions 3-4 Nov
St Mirren v Rangers
Going north of the border, we’re checking out this weekend’s top Scottish Premiership betting tips. Another weekend of fixtures get started in Paisley where locals side St Mirren play host to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. The former Liverpool and England midfielder has improved the fortunes of his Glasgow employers, certainly in Europe and at Ibrox; however, the jury remains out after they were eliminated from the League Cup at the hands of Aberdeen last weekend before a shocked Hampden audience. St Mirren will look to take full advantage of that travel sickness.
The Saints have plenty of their own problems to deal with however; they went into the week stuck down in 11th, second from bottom of the league with just one point separating them from basement boys Dundee. One win in their first 10 is to blame and new manager Oran Kearney may just have bitten off more than he can chew with The Buddies. Needing a win to ease pressure is never an ideal situation for any football manager; however, needing that win over Rangers makes things all the more difficult.
Fans Starting to Question Gerrard
He barely has his coat off in Govan and already fans are beginning to question if Steven Gerrard is in over his head at Rangers. They have every right to ask that question too as it’s a massive job; here, every point dropped and failed cup bid is seen as the end of the world. Expectations are through the roof, but Gerrard knew that was the case before he signed on the dotted line and assured fans he was up to the task.
A dreadful start to the season away from home had a few worried; however, the mistakes made in last Sunday’s semi-final at the national stadium caused widespread panic. The gaffer’s inexperience showed when gambling on Umar Sadiq to lead the line, a man who had barely kicked a ball for the club since his arrival. The striker proved to be off the pace and close to useless when a match-defining chance eventually fell his way. Rangers players lapped up the praise that was heaped on them by supporters, so they too must shoulder the blame when things go wrong. No one said the job of turning the fortunes of Rangers around was going to be easy.
Any Less Than Three Points A Disaster
We’re only in the first few days of November but already this is a must-win game for both managers; neither have been given the time to find their feet at their new clubs. That’s the way football is these days, not just in Scotland, and we’re reminded it’s a results driven business. Anything less than three points for The Gers would be a disaster and we’re sure everyone in the dressing room will appreciate that.
Celtic v Hearts
The game of the day from Scotland in the Saturday 3.00pm starts as champions Celtic welcome early league leaders Hearts to Parkhead. The Bhoys begin the match in third; they are six points off the pace set by the Jambos but have a game in hand. Win this and they’ll put serious pressure on those above while opening the tittle race up. The Bhoys suffered a poor start to the campaign; however, they have found their feet and set-up on the back of three league wins on the bounce.
That run started with an important 1-0 over last season’s runners-up Aberdeen at this venue. They then dealt out a 6-0 thumping to St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. The hat-trick was complete when Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Hibs 4-2 in Glasgow. Celtic and Hearts met only last week in the semi-final of the League Cup at Murrayfield where the defending champions strolled to a 3-0 win, scoring all three goals in the second-half.
Jambos Lead The Way
Hearts lead the Premiership title race with eight wins, one draw and a defeat in their first 10. They’ve played a game more than most of their rivals but made it count and are now out in front. Their sole defeat to date came at Ibrox when losing convincingly to Rangers. Billed as a tricky test for the light blues, Kent scored inside three minutes to settle nerves and that set the pace for the afternoon, Morelos and Arfield making sure.
Smith was sent off for the beaten side early in the second-half, Dunne scoring what proved to be a consolation goal on 67. It was the first slight crack to appear in Hearts’ armoury this term and Celtic will rate their chances of replicating what their Old Firm rivals did. The Jambos did win their last league outing, doing as expected when beating Dundee 3-0 at Dens Park, Bozanic, Naismith and MacLean all on target to ensure a comfortable night’s work.
Bhoys Will Get The Win
There’s no doubt Hearts have been impressive so far this season and fully deserve to be where they are in the ladder. If they can win at Celtic Park it’ll be a real statement of intent from Craig Levein’s side. However, we don’t give them much chance following last weekend’s defeat at Murrayfield. Neither do bookies and the away day is available at 8/1 with Bet365. That’s a massive price for a side top of the table but it shouldn’t be too popular.
Celtic are favourites and if you’re looking to back the home win you’ll find 11/10. That’s top price at Bet365 and will do a job in your weekend accumulators, helping to boost returns.
Hamilton v Livingston
The Accies started the week on a four-match winless run; that drought reads three defeats, followed by a draw. They are out of trouble due to the misfortunes of three sides in the division who have been worse. However, they remain within touching distance of the relegation places and everyone concerned know they must improve before being sucked in.
Hamilton have been playing decent football in spells and matched Rangers at New Douglas Park for long periods before giving away two penalties. They also held on for a draw away to an in form Kilmarnock last weekend. Bookies have another share of Hamilton at 11/5, Bet365 the bookmaker of choice there.
Livingston has been thoroughly impressive in their first nine league starts; despite having a game in hand over two of the three sides above them following a weekend off, they are just two off second-place Killie.
The Lions won five of their first nine, drawing three of the four spare. That purple patch includes a home win over Rangers. They hammered Dundee 4-0 last month and traders are eager to keep them close, offering Livi as 6/5 (Bet365) favourites. Makes perfect sense to us.
Hibs v St Johnstone
This has been chalked up as a likely home win for the Easter Road club; that’s no surprise given their form so far and the poor results of their opponents. The Hibees travelled to Celtic Park recently and some fancied them to make a game of it. However, in the end, they were well beaten by a Hoops side who took no prisoners. Neil Lennon is doing a fantastic job in Edinburgh and William Hill’s 4/6 is one of the better prices available on the locals.
St Johnstone have endured a painfully slow start to their campaign and it’s not like them. A team accustomed to fighting for a European finish, they are currently seventh in the charts having failed to win six of their first 10. They did boost team-morale with back-to-back victories over Motherwell and St Mirren, beating both without conceding a goal. Fans will be hoping that proves to be the start of their push up the table, but an away win is judged unlikely here. 3/1.
In the two other fixtures this weekend, Motherwell are tipped to beat lowly Dundee; the Steelmen parade at 4/1. The home win should be added to your multiples.
In the one game on Sunday we’re going with Kilmarnock to beat Aberdeen. The Dons chinned Rangers at Hampden last weekend but have been poor for most of the season so far, while their opponents have continued to progress. Killie leap off the page at us as the real value, 7/4 (William Hill).
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