DUNDEE UNITED vs. CELTIC
After a valiant display in the Camp Nou, where Barcelona needed a stoppage time goal from Jordi Alba to overcome the SPL champions, Kilmarnock seemed like rather less daunting opposition.
But by the very definition Celtic suffered a Champions League hangover, losing 2-0 at home to Killie just four days after their Camp Nou exploits.
Perhaps the shock defeat came as a result of the energy expended against Barca rather than an arrogant mindset, but Celtic responded in style against St Johnstone in the League Cup during the week, putting five past the Perth side.
Kris Commons netted three of those and will likely provide the creative spark in midfield again when the Parkhead side visit Dundee United.
Manager Neil Lennon has forbidden any talk of next week’s return game against Barcelona until after Sunday’s game in a bid to combat the Hoops’ sometimes sporadic league form.
Celtic have been ahead at half-time in seven of their last eight league fixtures, and the Hoops are available at 2.00 to be winning at the break.
Dundee United’s season remains in a state of recovery following a goalless September that saw them sink to within a point of bottom side and city rivals Dundee.
Despite fulfilling just two fixtures, due to a postponement at Motherwell, October was kinder to the Tangerines, taking four points from games against St Mirren and Aberdeen.
A return to form for striker Johnny Russell has been integral to United’s steady revival although the continued of absence of his Scotland under 21 teammate Gary Mackay-Steven is still noticeable.
United are yet to be ahead at the break when playing at Tannadice this season, although they are available at 6.00 to be winning at half-time against Celtic.
KILMARNOCK vs. INVERNESS
A win over the SPL champions on their own patch is always something to be celebrated, but when Kilmarnock sealed a shock 2-0 win over Celtic at Parkhead three points wasn’t their only reward. The win dispelled a winless record at the home of the Hoops that dated back to 1955.
But with just six points separating eleventh and second in the SPL table the result lifted Killie to sixth, drawing them closer to achieving a better league finish than last year’s seventh place.
Former Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan has given Killie the focal point in attack they sorely needed, with the Irishman netting five times in his first six games for the club.
Killie have scored in every home game this season, barring a 0-0 draw with Dundee on opening day, although if you fancy that streak to come to an end a goalless display from the home side is available at 3.90.
Inverness themselves arrive at Rugby Park on the back of a famous win over one of Glasgow’s ‘Old Firm’ as well, following a 3-0 win against Rangers in the League Cup on Wednesday.
In-form Andrew Shinnie, who netted the opener at Ibrox, has helped fire Caley Thistle up the league table. After a 4-1 win over Dundee two weeks ago the Highland team even reached second spot, albeit temporarily.
Terry Butcher’s side is available at 30.00 to make it successive 3-0 wins on the road at Rugby Park.
ROSS COUNTY vs. ABERDEEN
Those who argue a town like Dingwall shouldn’t have an SPL team have little to use as ammunition against Ross County now. The Highland side has undoubtedly been a worthy addition to Scotland’s top flight and look set to avoid relegation comfortably. Just to irritate the naysayers further, they could be there for some time.
Players like Grant Munro, Stuart Kettlewell and Iain Vigurs have shown themselves to be capable of not just competing, but thriving at the top level. Derek Adams’ men have also demonstrated the grit and determination that took them to the First Division title last season, putting a three game losing streak behind them to record an impressive 3-2 win over Hibernian (only the third defeat the Edinburgh side have suffered all season) and a credible 2-2 draw away to Hearts last week.
County’s defensive resolution, which saw them concede just once in their opening six SPL games, may have disappeared but their strikers are now firing at will, finding the net ten times in their last four league fixtures.
As a result, over 2.5 total goals, available at 2.00, represents good value.
Aberdeen’s unbeaten league run was extended to 10 games following a 2-0 win over bottom side Dundee last week, with summer signing Niall McGinn once again providing both the creative spark and the goals, netting his fifth in as many games.
However, the Dons have yet to keep a clean sheet on the road so far this season and are available at 1.33 to continue that trend.
- Back Celtic to beat Dundee United 3-1 at 12.50.
- Back a draw between Kilmarnock and Inverness at 3.20.
- Back over 3.5 total goals between Ross County and Aberdeen