By News Team
Last Updated: 17th January 2020
The winter break in Scotland ends with William Hill Scottish Cup fever and with the country’s best teams entering the fray in the fourth round, it’s sure to be a weekend full of great goals and potential banana skins.
Celtic and Rangers may be fighting for the Scottish Premiership title, but league form can quite often go out the window thanks to the magic of the cup. Could the giants slip up?
Partick Thistle vs Celtic
League leaders Celtic haven’t played since succumbing to defeat against Rangers late last year and it would be no surprise to see manager Neil Lennon play his strongest side against Partick Thistle.
The hosts sit second bottom in the Championship and although a win against their city rivals would go down well with the fans, it’s highly unlikely and the 1/16 available on Celtic highlights that point.
No player has scored more than Odsonne Edouard in the Scottish Premiership this season and the 12/5 available on him to break the deadlock could prove to be the bet of the weekend if he starts.
Rangers vs Stranraer
With Rangers 1/50 to win the game on Friday, one-way traffic is expected at Ibrox regardless of whether or not star names get the nod for the hosts as Stranraer make the journey to Glasgow.
It’s unsurprising considering the ‘Gers are just two points behind Celtic in the league with a game in hand. Stranraer on the other hand have won just three of their last 22 in all competitions.
With such a big gulf in class, value is going to be hard to find but you could do a lot worse than back Jermain Defoe to open the scoring at 6/4 should he get the nod to start as he looks to continue his fine run.
Aberdeen vs Dumbarton
Aberdeen love playing at home. Only reigning champions Celtic have managed to get the better of them domestically since June of last year and it’s helped them to fourth in the Premiership table.
With attentions turning to the Scottish Cup, they welcome a Dumbarton side who are battling to reach the League One play-offs having booked their place in the fourth round with a victory against Forfar Athletic.
They scored three goals that day, but their cup journey is likely to come to an end at Pittodrie, though the hosts might not have it all their own way and an Aberdeen win and both teams to score is 13/8.
Hearts vs Airdrie
Those looking for a potential fourth-round banana slip will have an eye on Tynecastle on Saturday when struggling Hearts bid to get back to winning ways against League One-promotion chasers Airdrie.
Nine games have passed since Hearts managed to win a match, while that victory against St Mirren is their only one in 16 games, so the Airdrie players will arrive confident of prolonging that run.
The North Lanarkshire club are just two points off top in League One and have lost just two of their previous 12 games so the 11/5 on Airdrie to win or draw is a tempting option in the markets.
Dundee United vs Hibernian
Dundee United are flying high in the Championship and Sunday’s game against Premiership side Hibernian will give them a brief look at what life could be like next season were they to gain promotion.
With a 17-point gap to their closest pursuers in second, it looks like a forgone conclusion and with 17 wins in the league this season from a possible 21, they will go into the game confident of a scalp.
The 15/8 available on Dundee United is really tempting considering they have only lost one of their previous 17 home games in all competitions and come up against a team who could yet face a relegation battle.