Apr 1: Scottish Betting Preview


BOOKIES underestimated Rangers in Pedro Caixinha’s first game and look to have done so again this weekend … the April fools.

Gers were around 4-9 to beat Hamilton before the international break and my Super Single was the Ibrox men to win by at least two at evens.

The duly romped to a 4-0 success and aren’t much shorter at a best 3-10 with Stan James at home to Motherwell.

Well are better than Accies but Caixinha’s side looked assured in his opener as players build on the confidence gained under Graeme Murty.

I can’t see anything but a home success and again recommend Rangers -1 at 4-5 with Paddy Power.

Rangers have been dominant against the Fir Parkers this season, winning three and drawing one. Interestingly they have netted exactly two goals in all four meetings and to do so again today it’s 5-2 at Skybet.

Motherwell also have a new manager in Steve Robinson but after five defeats in six it would take a massive leap of faith to back them at 11-1 with bet365 or the draw at 26-5 at Marathonbet.

Hamilton’s 4-0 loss at Ibrox was their second in a row and they’ve conceded 14 in three games. All of those were away from home but confidence must be shot to pieces and St Johnstone look worth taking at 13-10 with Skybet.

Some sides such as Aberdeen have a poor record on the SuperSeal Stadium plastic but Saints have lost just once in seven visits.

Stats fans will love this one – 10 of the last 11 meetings between Inverness and Killie in the Highlands have saw both teams to score. That pays 13-14 at 188BET.

Both clashes this season have finished 1-1 and a third is 13-2 at McBookie while a score draw pays 4-1 with 888sport.

Tomorrow Celtic will be crowned champions with a win and Brendan Rodgers’s side are 1-2 with McBookie to celebrate with a win at Hearts.

The Jambos have lost four out of five and the Ian Cathro experiment is just that. It will be a party time at Tynecastle but the champions-elect will be without strikers Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths who are both injured.

Scott Sinclair is likely to start up top and is 9-2 at bet365 to score first. I read a surprising stat this week – Dembele has 17 league goals but only three were openers. That’s the same number as new Scotland star Stuart Armstrong who is 8-1 at bet365 while Patrick Roberts could be a shout to score at 9-4 with bet365.

In the Championship the biggest game is last-placed St Mirren facing second-bottom Ayr. Saints are four points adrift and if it became seven you’d fear for them despite improved form.

The sides have met five teams this season with Saints winning three and drawing two. They look to have the upperhand and are 9-10 with Marathonbet to pick up the points.

Ayr are 5-4 favourites with McBookie to finish bottom while Saints and Dumbarton are 5-2.

At the other end of the table Hibs have virtually wrapped up the title but the race for second is thrilling with two points separating Morton, Falkirk and Dundee United.

Falkirk are the only side at home and are 8-13 at Marathonbet to beat Raith.

In League One Livingston are closing in on the title and are no bigger than 8-13 at William Hill to win at Brechin.

Stirling again did us a turn last week as they made it six wins in a row at Clyde. Bookies made them 14-5 and look to have it wrong again with bet365 going 12-5 they floor Forfar at home.

Dave Mackay’s men  are now just five points off the play-offs while leaders Forfar have gone right off the boil with no wins in seven.

Consider Stirling or back Albion draw no bet at 6-4 with William Hill and bet365.

Bets to Consider

Rangers -1

Inverness v Killie btts

Sinclair to score first

St Mirren

Stirling Albion or Stirling draw no bet



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