IT’S Super Sunday in the Scottish Championship with Hibs v Alloa and QoS v Rangers live on Sky Sports 1.
What a contrast it will be from last week’s Sky Sports double on Arsenal v Leicester and Man City v Spurs.
The quality won’t be the same but let’s hope for plenty of drama. Leaders Rangers and second-placed Hibs are of course priced short to win with the double paying a best 4-6 at bet365.
That will tempt big hitters but I’d advise a little caution with Rangers who are without top scorer Martyn Waghorn after he was badly hurt on Kilmarnock’s plastic pitch in midweek.
Artificial surfaces have been the hot topic of conversation in Scotland this week with Gers boss Mark Warburton saying there is evidence Waghorn’s injury is more serious than it would have been on a grass pitch.
Killie say that’s nonsense while Queen of the South claim playing on 3G or 4G plays on the Rangers’ players minds.
The Queens’ game will be the third in a row for Rangers on plastic – they drew 1-1 at Alloa and beat Killie 2-1 but Warburton has made no secret of the fact he and his players prefer grass.
However, when they were playing with a more free-flowing style and scoring more goals Gers won 5-1 at Palmerston earlier in the season. This should be much closer though.
Last weekend my Super Single was under 2.5 goals at Alloa and I’m taking the same bet at . Queens won their last two games 1-0 and in fact four of their last five league matches have gone under 1.5 goals.
Under 2.5 goals at Palmerston pays 13-8 at Paddy Power and under 1.5 is 9-2 with the Irish firm.
Queens plus two at 10-11 with bet365 is also worth a look because if Rangers win it could be by one goal.
Picking a first scorer isn’t easy although plenty others apart from Waghorn have been contributing. There will be more pressure on veteran Kenny Miller and he is 11-2 at McBookie.
However, the player I’m on is new boy Michael O’Halloran. His late equaliser at Alloa was his first since his big-money more from St Johnstone and he is 13-8 at Ladbrokes to score and 11-2 to break the deadlock.
Alloa have never taken a point from Hibs at Easter Road but will be buoyed by last week’s draw with Rangers.
Hibs, however, are in a good place at the moment and still going for glory in three competitions. They are no bigger at 1-5 with William Hill and Ladbrokes and should cover the -1 handicap at 4-6 with Paddy Power.
QoS v Gers under 2.5 goals (4pm)
(13-8, Paddy Power)
O’Halloran (Rangers) to score
Cummings (Hibs) to score (1.30pm)