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David Thompson 8th Dec 2011 - 14:14

The William Hill SPL weekend preview

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Hibernian v Rangers

Rangers boss Ally McCoist may well have his eye off the ball this week as he has been battling the Scottish FA in the courts over the Aluko 'dive' ban. The Gers sit four points clear at the top of the SPL after their victory over Dunfermline last week and will look to get back to winning ways away from home when they travel to Hibs. Last time out on the road Rangers' run of 14 consecutive wins away from home came to an end when they lost at Kilmarnock and fans will hope that the Aluko ordeal won't disrupt their preparations for Saturday's 12:30pm kick-off at Easter Road.

Match betting: Hibernian 5/1    Draw 14/5   Rangers 1/2

Rangers are 2/1 to win both halves you can get 10/11 for there to be over 2.5 goals in the game.


Aberdeen v St Mirren

Aberdeen fans still appear to be backing manager Craig Brown despite their team slipping down to the bottom of the SPL. The Dons will be looking forward to the January transfer window to try and help climb back up the table, however there is still December to see through. Danny Lennon's St Mirren's side will bring their style of attractive football to Pittorie Stadium this weekend and will look to take advantage and take all three points. However St. Mirren have won only one of their last five league away games and will to buck that trend on Saturday

Match betting:  Aberdeen 23/20   Draw 11/5   St Mirren 11/5

There is 10/11 available on both teams to score as well as 4/1 for St. Mirren to score in both halves.


Celtic v Hearts

Neil Lennon will have a few concerns going into Celtic's game. Defeat to Atletico Madrid has left the Hoops needing a win in their final UEFA Europa League game which will be vital if they are to attract players ahead of other sides in the January transfer window. The Bhoys also find themselves four points off eternal rivals Rangers so any slip up at home will not go down well at Celtic Park. However Jambo's manager Paulo Sergio faces bigger problems. Russian owner Vladimir Romanov has seen debts mount up and what with their Tynecastle Stadium being labeled unfit for redevelopment Romanov has decided to try find a buyer for the Premier League Club.

There have been four red cards in the last four league clashes between Celtic and Hearts, three of those for the Hoops, so expect a fiery affair and take advantage of the prices in the cards markets.

Match betting Celtic 1/4   Draw 4/1   Hearts 10/1


Dunfermline v Kilmarnock

Since drawing 0-0 on the opening day, Dunfermline have conceded an average of 3.14 goals per game at home in the SPL this season. They have the worst home record in the SPL and it's only thanks to Aberdeen that they are not at the foot of the SPL table. Kenny Shiels' Kilmarnock side travel to East End Park also off the back of a bad run of form, the Pars have won only one of their last 13 league games.

Match betting: Dunfermline 15/8   Draw 11/5   Kilmarnock 13/10

Dunfermline should have been working hard on their defensive flaws, so expect a low scoring affair. 10/11 is available on under 2.5 goals and 3/1 for only Kilmarnock to score is worth a look.


Inverness CT v Dundee United

Inverness are yet to keep a clean sheet in the SPL this season whilst every other side has at least three. They face a Dundee side who have been somewhat prolific away from home this season scoring 14 in their 8 away ties. The Terrors have conceded 18 on the road as well so a high scoring game could be on the cards at Caledonian Stadium.

Match betting: 13/8   Draw 11/5   Dundee Utd 6/4

With 13/20 only available on both teams to score a look at the over 3.5 goals at 9/4 is going to return more value in this one.


St Johnstone v Motherwell

The Saints have won their last two against high flying Motherwell in the league, a feat only matched by the Old-firm sides. Stuart McCall's side has won four consecutive away games in the SPL for the first time ever and will travel to McDiarmid Park full of confidence. A win for Steve Lomas' side will put the Saints within one point of their opponents and that all important third place.

Match betting:  St Johnstone 7/5   Draw 11/5   Motherwell 9/5

St. Johnstone -1 goal looks to be good value at 9/2 as they will have the Saints fans pushing them to close the gap to the Steelmen.



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