Scottish Football Betting: Back the draw in the Edinburgh derby


Celtic 1.48, the draw 4.35, St Johnstone 5.50

Despite limping to the SPL title under no real pressure, Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists this year has been a “special” season. Last weekend saw Celtic once again underperform in the Highlands, but with the league title already secured and a Scottish Cup final to look forward to, Lennon might not be concerned.

The Hoops have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight league games and their potent strikeforce has been digging them out of trouble for much of the season. This mix has produced a number of goal fests involving the champions this season. Over 3.5 total goals between Celtic and St Johnstone is available at 2.55.

St Johnstone still have their eyes firmly on third place and Europa League football but will need to record a result at the home of the champions if they are to have any realistic chance of claiming it. Steven MacLean, Liam Craig and Murray Davidson’s good form has taken the Perth side to within a point of Inverness, with a record of just three goals conceded in their last six league outings something to be proud of. Saints are looking for their third consecutive 1-0 league win and are available at 17.00 to continue the trend against Celtic.
 
Hearts 2.10, the draw 3.30, Hibernian 3.25

Edinburgh’s two SPL sides meet at Tynecastle on Sunday hoping to put an extremely disappointing season out of their minds. The insipid, dreary football played under John McGlynn took Hearts into the SPL’s bottom half, where they have stayed under new manager Gary Locke. Finding the net has been a problem for the Jambos and Locke will presumably spend much of his summer attempting to boost his side’s feeble frontline. Hearts are available at 3.80 to not find the net against city rivals Hibernian on Sunday.

Scoring has also been an issue for Hibernian - or rather it would have been had it not been for Leigh Griffiths. The on-loan Wolves striker has bagged 27 goals for the struggling Hibees this season - over 60 per cent of his side's goals this campaign. When Griffiths can’t find his form, neither can Hibs.

One plus point from this season has been the new midfield platform formed by Gary Deegan, Jorge Claros and Paul Cairney, while the emergence of youngsters Alex Harris and Daniel Handling have given manager Pat Fenlon something to build on for next season. Hibernian are available at 3.25 to win the last Edinburgh derby of the season.
 
Inverness 1.95, the draw 3.60, Dundee United 3.40

Last week’s thrilling 4-3 win over in-form Motherwell went some way to securing third spot for Caley Thistle, but with St Johnstone winning against Dundee United the Highland side still need points to ensure European football next season. In fact it’s possible a final-day Europa League showdown between the SPL’s two Highland clubs could be set up should results go that way this weekend.

Club top scorer Billy McKay and Player of the Year nominee Andrew Shinnie will be key to Inverness’ continued push, and with St Johnstone facing a tough trip to Celtic, Caley Thistle could secure that finish with the right set of results. Inverness are available at 1.95 to win against Dundee United.

Having secured a top-half spot on the final day of the regular season, Dundee United find themselves cut adrift from the rest of the Europa League-chasing pack. With not much to play for, United’s form has dropped off dramatically - they have lost their last three league games.

Front three Jon Daly, Gary Mackay-Steven and Johnny Russell have failed to find the form that carried the Tangerines to a top-six finish on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run. Dundee United are available at 3.40 to end their current poor run of form and spoil Inverness’ push for Europe by beating Terry Butcher’s men.
 
Best bets
Back both Celtic and St Johnstone to score at 1.67
Back under 1.5 total goals scored between Inverness and Dundee United at 5.00
Back a draw between Hearts and Hibernian at 3.30