Scottish Football Betting: Expect goals when Dundee United host Celtic

Dundee United 5.00, the draw 3.70, Celtic 1.65

Dundee United have had half an eye next season since February, when new manager Jackie McNamara all but assured their SPL survival. Last week’s win over Inverness brought United’s poor run of form to an end, with Gary Mackay-Steven turning in the kind of performance that has prompted many to suggest he won’t be with the club come September. Indeed, with Jon Daly and Johnny Russell also said to be on the way out of Tannadice perhaps the summer should be central in McNamara's thoughts. Dundee United are available at 5.00 to end their season with a win over champions Celtic.

An emphatic win over St Johnstone last week showed what Celtic have the capacity to do at their optimum - a level some say they’ve reached all too rarely in the league this season. With Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama rumoured to be set for a move away from the club in the transfer window, manager Neil Lennon could face a busy summer replacing his key performers. Despite their shaky defensive record Celtic have had no problems finding the net this season and over 3.5 total goals between them and Dundee United is available at 2.50.

Hibernian 1.72, the draw 3.60, Dundee 4.60

The SPL split can often produce peculiar looking final standings. Should Hibernian beat relegated Dundee on the final day of the season that trend will continue: three points on Saturday could put Hibs on more points than sixth-placed Dundee United and fifth-placed Ross County, yet the Leith side can’t climb any higher than seventh.

Last week’s Edinburgh derby win over Hearts demonstrated Hibs’ potential, with manager Pat Fenlon fielding a number of youngsters in such a high-pressure game. But even more impressive was the midweek 3-1 win over Hibernian, where on-loan Wolves striker and top scorer Leigh Griffiths was rested. Eoin Doyle stepped up and bagged a brace to dismiss the ‘one man team’ tag Hibs have been burdened with this season.

Dundee’s resurgence under John Brown came too late, with the Dee finally relegated two weeks ago. However, with planning for next season already underway, Dundee’s players still have plenty to play for - namely a place in next season’s squad. Given recent performances John Baird and Ryan Conroy must be assured their spots in the team, but despite a recent improvement at the back Brown will surely be looking to strengthen his defence in the summer. Dundee are available at 4.60 to sign off with a win.

St Johnstone 2.15, the draw 3.35, Motherwell 3.20

Last week’s defeat to champions Celtic brought St Johnstone’s six-game unbeaten run to an end, but didn’t end their quest for Europa League football next season. With Inverness and Ross County facing off in a Highland derby, Saints still stand a chance of clawing back the single point between them and Caley Thistle.

The midfield platform of Murray Davidson and Liam Craig has given Saints a solid footing in their efforts to claim the SPL’s third spot, contributing to their impressive defensive record (St Johnstone have kept four clean sheets in their last seven games). They are available at 2.95 to shut out Motherwell.

Since the turn of the year Motherwell have shown themselves to be the SPL’s second best team by some distance. The Steelmen’s success has been built on arguably the SPL’s most potent frontline, with the addition of James McFadden complimenting Players’ Player of the Year and league top scorer Michael Higdon, as well as Henrik Ojamaa and Nicky Law.

However, Motherwell’s squad has already started to fragment, with keeper Darren Randolph agreeing a move to Birmingham City and Law said to be in talks with Rangers. McCall will likely face the task of rebuilding his squad in the summer. Motherwell are available at 3.20 to record a third win this season over St Johnstone.
Best bets
Back Celtic to score in both halves against Dundee United at 2.35
Back a draw between Hibernian and Dundee at 3.60
Back St Johnstone to beat Motherwell at 2.15