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Stuart Dalgleish 11th Aug 2011 - 22:15

SPL Weekend Preview – Top Price On Every Favourite!

As the official betting partner of the Scottish Premier League we continue to give you great offers, and this week is no different as we're giving you the top price guaranteed on each favourite from the six games.

Inverness v Rangers - Saturday 12:45 live on Sky Sports 2

It has not been the ideal start to managerial life for Ally McCoist, the Gers legend has managed just one win from his first four games and already suffered a Champions League exit.

With Celtic winning both their opening games, the Ibrox supremo will need to get his team into gear quickly or else even at this early stage, the title might start to look beyond them.

Rangers (4/9) should have enough to triumph at Inverness (13/2, draw 10/3) but they have struggled against them in recent times having only won once in their three meetings last season.

We have a great Match Winner offer on the Gers for this game, we're enhancing the price on Nikica Jelavic to score first and Rangers win from 16/5 to a terrific price of 4/1.

The Croat star has bagged in his last two matches and will surely get plenty of chances at Caledonian Stadium.

I fancy Rangers to take this one on the handicap, -1 goal at 6/5 is too big to ignore, and it's also worth noting that Caley have conceded injury time goals in their last two matches - 6/4 on Rangers to score between the 76th minute and full time is worth a few quid, as is 9/2 on their being a goal in 2nd half injury time.

Celtic v Dundee Utd - Saturday 15:00 bet now and In-Play

Celtic (3/10) will look to continue their 100% start as they entertain Dundee Utd (8/1, draw 9/2) at Parkhead.

The Bhoys chances of victory have been hampered by the loss of player of the year Emilio Izaguirre, the full-back likely to now miss the first half of the season; he will be replaced by Charlie Mulgrew.

Kris Commons (10/3 first goal) could miss out too, the midfielder injured his foot at Aberdeen and sat out Scotland's midweek win over Denmark.

Paddy McCourt (7/1) could be an option to replace the former Derby man, he had a starring role in Northern Ireland's win over the Faroe Islands and scored a delightful chipped goal - 2/1 on anytime scorer looks appealing.

United have some choices to make too with the loss of Scott Severin, the midfield enforcer suffered a triple leg break in the Terrors' draw with St Mirren and is set to miss a sizeable chunk of the season, David Goodwillie must also be replaced after the striker joined Blackburn Rovers.

Peter Houston is on the lookout for a new forward with Jon Daly (12/1) the only player with real experience in their attack; they have a few quid to play with though as Goodwillie moved for £2 million.

The Tangerines' lack of firepower makes Celtic to win to nil very tempting at 21/20.

Hearts v Aberdeen - Saturday 15:00 bet now and In-Play

Hearts (4/5) and Aberdeen (7/2, draw 5/2) have both made poor starts to the season and are in need of three points to kick-start their campaigns.

The Jambos have a glamour Europa League tie to look forward to on Thursday when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Tynecastle, but they'll want to go into it with that first league win of the season under their belt.

They will be without Ian Black as the midfielder was sent off for a shocking challenge in their defeat at Motherwell last Sunday.

Paulo Sergio has work to do on Hearts' discipline record, they were fined heavily for it last season and the last thing the new manager needs is to be without key players each week.

The new manager also has to find a way of ending their rotten run of league form, which is now at 11 games without a win.

It makes the 7/2 on Aberdeen really appealing, yes they're still to win this season but they were well organised in their defeat to Celtic last week and had chances to win the game - if Craig Brown's side can take that spirit into the capital they'll have a great chance.

St Johnstone v Dunfermline - Saturday 15:00 bet now and In-Play

Dunfermline (3/1) have two draws to show from their efforts on their return to the top flight, and they'll be looking to continue their unbeaten start as they travel to St Johnstone (Evens, draw 11/5).

The Pars had to rely on a last-gasp free-kick to get one of those points in their 3-3 draw with Inverness last week, but Jim McIntyre will have been pleased with their determination as it would've been easy to let heads drop after conceding late in a game they dominated.

Martin Hardie (8/1 first goal) was the man to get that equaliser, making his manager eat his words after he said he was too far out to attempt the shot at goal.

St Johnstone will be missing Chris Millar after he picked up a groin injury, and Sam Parkin continues his comeback trail after playing in a couple of practice matches to recover from his broken ankle.

They need the big striker back as they're yet to notch a league goal this season, with Dunfermline looking good in front of goal at this early stage I'd be siding with them in this one.

St Mirren v Motherwell - Saturday 15:00 bet now and In-Play

Motherwell (7/4) are the early pacesetters in the SPL and they'll hope to keep up their fine start as they head to St Mirren (17/10, draw 2/1).

The Well had a shocking end to the season as they couldn't win in their final seven league games, which was all the more puzzling as they got to the semis of the League Cup and the final of the Scottish Cup.

Stuart McCall's charges will be without their Scotland Under-21 international Steven Saunders not just for this match but for the whole season as he ruptured his Achilles tendon just six minutes into the midweek match, which was actually at St Mirren Park.

Keith Lasley will also miss out after his red card in last week's win over Hearts.

Highly rated forward Jamie Murphy (6/1 first goal) will be looking to further enhance his reputation in Paisley, he's been touted by a few clubs and McCall will do well to keep hold of him during this transfer window.

Danny Lennon's St Mirren finished second-bottom last season, but the gaffer believes his side can push for the top six; they've started well with a win and two draws from their first three games, but they'll have to show they can compete with other like-minded teams such as United before pushing towards that target.

Nigel Hasselbaink will be missing for the Buddies in this clash, and I think it could lead to stalemate - 1-1 on offer at 11/2.

Kilmarnock v Hibernian - Sunday 12:15 live on ESPN

Kilmarnock (7/5) and Hibernian (2/1, draw 11/5) haven't played since the end of July so it will be interesting to see how prepared they are for this Sunday lunchtime clash.

Killie opened up with two draws before their two week break, while Hibs suffered defeat to Celtic before bouncing back with an injury-time win at Inverness.

Garry O'Connor (6/1 first goal) snatched that late goal and he'll now be looking to find the form that saw him earn big moves earlier on in his career.

HIbs will be without defender Michael Hart for a lengthy period after he injured his groin in last weekend's friendly with Sunderland, but Isaiah Osbourne has been signed this week and could provide cover for the stricken Hart.

Dean Shiels (15/2) joined the hosts from Doncaster at the end of July, and the manager's son will be looking to make his first start after coming off the bench and impressing against Motherwell.

I'm going for an away win in this one, O'Connor anytime and Hibs win is a cracking price at 7/2.


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