Dundee United 2.40, the draw 3.25, Inverness 2.80
Jackie McNamara and his Dundee United side head into the new season with high expectations, but last week’s opening 0-0 draw with Partick Thistle demonstrated just how tight this year’s Scottish Premiership is likely to be.
Loan signing David Goodwillie’s performance suggested he will start finding the net soon, with United looking a dangerous outfit going forward. Yet questions still remain over their inexperienced backline, with Sean Dillon the only defender over the age of 23. That will be a concern for McNamara and United are available at 1.27 to concede against Inverness.
Inverness appear to have found their feet in front of goal already, putting three past St Mirren on Saturday. Whether that was down to Caley Thistle’s attacking prowess or Saints’ defensive weakness is debatable but early signs show Terry Butcher’s side will be a formidable prospect once again this season.
Billy McKay found the net in the 3-0 win over St Mirren and the Northern Irish striker will be key if Inverness are to come away from Tannadice with a positive result. Coming up against a Dundee United side that also looks to be at its best going forward, this game could be a high-scoring affair. Over 3.5 total goals is available at 3.20.
Hearts 2.35, the draw 3.30, Hibernian 2.80
Nothing focuses the mind like a local derby and Hearts, who start the season on minus 15 points, will be counting on that motivation when they meet Edinburgh rivals Hibernian on Sunday.
Gary Locke’s team has seen a wealth of experience flow out the club over the summer, with the signing of Danny Wilson the only positive move during the off-season. However, with Hearts yet to play a league game the opportunity to open with a win over Hibs will make the Jambos a dangerous opponent. They are available at 2.35 to take all three points.
It might just be the second weekend of the season but for Hibs manager Pat Fenlon the pressure is already on. Should Hibs lose to their financially stricken rivals, the Irishman would surely be fortunate to keep his job after a dismal start that included a Scottish record 9-0 aggregate Europa League defeat to Malmo.
Most concerning for Fenlon is his side’s lack of potency in front of goal, as Hibs struggle to compensate for the return of Leigh Griffiths to parent club Wolves. Hibs are available at 2.70 to draw a blank against Hearts on Sunday.
Motherwell 2.35, the draw 3.25, Aberdeen 2.90
While Motherwell have made a number of impressive signings to compensate for the mass exodus out of Fir Park over the summer, their opening display against Hibs last week was somewhat sluggish.
However, in Stuart McCall they have a manager who has shown his capacity for forging free-flowing, attacking sides in a short space of time before. James McFadden and opening day goalscorer Henri Anier look to have the beginnings of a partnership up front, with Iain Vigurs and Paul Lawson carrying the understanding they demonstrated at Ross County last season into their new team.
Motherwell’s home record underpinned their success in securing second spot last season and they are available at 11.00 to mark their first game at Fir Park this season with a 2-0 win.
Aberdeen lived up to the hype in their opening game against Kilmarnock last week, beating the Ayrshire team thanks to goals from Jonny Hayes and new signing Willo Flood. But Derek McInnes’ side faces a more daunting task against last season’s SPL runners-up on Sunday, with both teams fancied to take the top flight’s coveted second spot.
Motherwell's attacking roster will provide a threat to Aberdeen’s somewhat untested backline, with the Dons available at 3.40 to keep a clean sheet in their first away game of the season.
Back Dundee United to score over 1.5 total goals against Inverness at 2.25.
Back under 1.5 total goals between Hearts and Hibernian at 3.00
Back a draw between Motherwell and Aberdeen at 3.25.