Dundee United v Celtic
Rory Boulding’s late winner against Aberdeen sparked wild celebrations at Tannadice as Dundee United moved into the SPL’s top half. One can only imagine the reaction if United overcome Celtic at Hampden to secure a place in the Scottish Cup final.
Since replacing Peter Houston as manager at the start of February, Jackie McNamara has solidified what had been a shaky United defence, with the Tangerines suffering just one defeat under their new manager.
Celtic were actually the last team to beat Dundee United, back in February, putting six past McNamara’s side in a 6-2 win at Parkhead. The Tangerines are available at 7.00 to avenge that defeat and win against Celtic.
Celtic have suffered disappointment at the national stadium more than once under Neil Lennon, with St Mirren the last team to leave the Hoops slumped on the big stage, in the semi-final of the League Cup.
Having won just two of five fixtures in March, Celtic stopped the slump with a convincing 3-0 win over Hibernian last week.
The SPL champions-elect are available at 12.50 to record a second successive 3-0 victory in a week.
Hibernian v Falkirk
Despite slipping into the SPL’s bottom half Hibernian could still enjoy a successful season should they win their first Scottish Cup title for over 100 years.
Pat Fenlon’s side came within one game of lifting the oldest trophy in world football last season but were humiliated by Edinburgh rivals Hearts, who won 5-1.
Hibs’ reliance on Leigh Griffiths must be a concern for Fenlon. As the on-loan Wolves striker’s goals have dried up, so have the wins for the Easter Road club. Quite simply the rest of Hibs’ team hasn’t provided their fair share of the firepower so far this season. They are available at 5.75 not to find the net against Falkirk.
Hibs should be wary of Falkirk’s new manager effect, after the Bairns appointed Gary Holt as Steven Pressley’s successor during the week. Holt takes over a side on an impressive run of form, having won their last four league matches, with striker Lyle Taylor scoring two in his last two games to bring his season tally up to 27. Falkirk are available at 15.00 to record a 1-0 win over Hibernian.
Greenock Morton v Dunfermline
After Wednesday’s defeat to title challengers Partick Thistle, creating a five point gap at the top of Division One, Greenock Morton’s season could be defined by this weekend’s clash with Dunfermline.
Anything less than victory would likely end Allan Moore’s title aspirations, with the task of clawing back Thistle’s lead already looking a tough one. If Morton are to achieve promotion it will likely be through Peter MacDonald, who has netted 12 times in his last nine games.
Despite Wednesday’s defeat to Partick, Morton look a solid bet at 1.25 to defeat Dunfermline.
For Dunfermline their focus is still understandably on off the pitch matters, with the Pars entering full administration on Thursday.
Eight first team players have already left the club as they slip towards the foot of the First Division. Jim Jeffries’ side are without a win in their last nine league games and have conceded eight goals between their last two fixtures against Morton.
The Pars are available at 8.50 to put an end to their dismal form and beat Morton.
Back Dundee United and Celtic to be drawing at half-time at 2.50
Back Falkirk to beat Hibernian at 5.50
Back over 3.5 total goals between Greenock Morton and Dunfermline at 2.10