Scottish Premier League Betting: Celtic to return to winning ways against St Mirren


Aberdeen v Hearts

As the Dons prepare for manager Craig Brown’s retirement from the game they still have plenty to play for before Derek McInnes takes over at Pittodrie in under two weeks’ time.

Aberdeen currently lie two points and three places off the SPL top six but with both of Brown’s last games against close rivals in the table (Hearts and Dundee United) the Dons could still make the top half before the split.

Before netting three at Parkhead against Celtic two weeks ago, Aberdeen had scored just once in their previous three fixtures and the Dons are available at 3.45 not to find the net against Hearts.

Hearts have had a long time to think over their cup final disappointment, with the 3-2 defeat to St Mirren still fresh in the memory. The international break means the Jambos haven’t played in the two weeks since the loss at Hampden, giving new manager Gary Locke time to pick up the spirits of his players.

The Tynecastle side could record three successive league games without defeat should they come away from the North-East with a result on Saturday. Hearts are available at 3.20 to come away from Aberdeen with three points.

 

Hibernian v Inverness

Hibernian’s season could be defined in the next two games. Secure their position in the top half and their campaign will be deemed a success, but should Pat Fenlon’s team drop out the reckoning only a small improvement will be noted on last season’s finish.

As the campaign has progressed Hibs have become ever more unpredictable. Having registered an impressive 4-2 away win over Kilmarnock Fenlon’s side then lost 4-1 to Motherwell a week later, albeit with a goalless draw with Hearts in between the two fixtures. Over 3.5 total goals between Hibernian and Inverness are available at 3.05.

As the split looms Inverness still have their eyes set on the coveted SPL runner-up spot, with just three points separating them and Motherwell.

SPL top scorer Billy McKay has returned to form, netting twice in his last two games, and Caley Thistle will require the Northern Irishman to stretch that streak if they are to mount a challenge for second place.

Inverness’ 2-1 victory over Ross County was the Highland side’s first win in nine league games. In fact, Terry Butcher’s side have recorded just two wins in ten games in 2013. They are available at 2.65 to register their third.

 

St Mirren v Celtic

With SPL survival all but secured and a first trophy for 25 years added to the cabinet, St Mirren’s already have a season to remember.

Talismanic striker Steven Thompson almost single-handedly dragged the Buddies to League Cup glory at Hampden two weeks ago but will he continue his form into the last leg of the league season? 

Former Celtic midfielder Paul McGowan also demonstrated his ability on the big stage and can once again prove his talent against his former employers, just like he did in the semi-final win. Danny Lennon’s St Mirren side are available at 7.00 to repeat the feat and beat Neil Lennon’s table-toppers.

It had been thought the Champions League exit to Juventus would focus Celtic in their efforts to retain their SPL crown. However, since elimination in Turin Lennon’s side have conceded six goals in just two games. 

Against Ross County such defensive frailty delivered defeat and against Aberdeen it almost did the same, until a comeback from 3-1 down with 20 minutes remaining saw Celtic run out 4-3 winners.

Celtic fans hope that fightback will provide their side with a turning point and a return to form after a decidedly shaky March and the Hoops are available at 11.50 to win 3-0 against St Mirren.

 

Best Bets

Back a draw between Aberdeen and Hearts at 3.30

Back under 1.5 total goals between Hibernian and Inverness at 3.60

Back Celtic to be winning 1-0 against St Mirren at half-time at 3.35