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At one point in Scotland last week five clubs were looking for managers. One role that was filled was Motherwell appointing former Sligo Rovers gaffer Ian Baraclough and he takes charge for the first time at St Mirren today.
Saints caretaker Gary Teale started with an expected defeat at Celtic last week and could suffer again at the hands of a manager who was the most successful in Sligo’s history.
The Buddies have picked up just one point at home and Well are 11-5 at McBookie to give Baraclough a perfect start. John Sutton has scored in his last two games away his former club and his 9-2 to notch in a away victory.
If Well win on Saturday it could leave Saints and Ross County battling it out to avoid relegation. County’s home form is also dismal – one win and six losses – and I can’t see them stopping Hamilton who got back on track by dumping Dundee last week.
Accies have lost their last three at Dingwall but crushed County 4-0 at home earlier this season and are a biggest 13-10 with McBookie.
Aberdeen were superb in beating Dundee Utd last week and should follow up with a routine win against Kilmarnock. They are a best 9-20 at Betway while Ryan Jack, who has scored in Dons’ last two wins over Killie, is 9-2 to net in a home success.
Partick Thistle are favourites to beat Dundee but it’s interesting to note the last eight meetings between the sides at Firhill have gone under 2.5 goals with six producing fewer than 1.5. Under 2.5 pays 4-5 at McBookie and under 1.5 is 5-2 with the Scots firm.
St Johnstone have won their last three home matches 2-1 and a fourth against Inverness pays 19-2 at McBookie. ICT were stunned 4-0 by Partick last week but that should be blip and I can see a draw in Perth.
Livingston are another side without a manager and go to Rangers as 17-1 underdogs at McBookie. We all know about Rangers’ problems but they should manage to win here although I’m not touching a best 1-5 at William Hill.
Rangers have scored more goals in the second half than in the first in seven of their eight home matches in the league this season. The second to be Rangers’ highest scoring half is 11-10 at Hills.
Championship leaders Hearts are also 1-5 at Hills to beat Alloa at home and should extend their 100 per cent Tynecastle to nine matches.
Consider the Jambos at 8-15 with Paddy Power minus one and they are 19-10 at Coral to win with both scoring.
Queen of the South shocked Rangers last time out and have won six of their eight home matches in the league without conceding. To win to nil against Cowdenbeath today they are 13-8 at Hills.
Hearts and both to score
QoS to win to nil
(13-8, William Hill)