Jan 30: Scottish Betting Preview


CELTIC and HIBS continue their treble hunt this weekend with the League Cup semi-finals although McBookie.com reckon only the Premiership side have a realistic chance.

They go just 7-4 Celtic will win all three trophies compared to 650-1 that Hibs pick up the three pieces of silverware.

Hibs are 11-2 second favourites for the League Cup ahead of their meeting with St Johnstone (6-1) today with Ross County, who face Celtic tomorrow, 8-1 outsiders.

Greg Browning has already tipped Hibs to beat his Saints side and the Championship men have two advantages – Anthony Stokes and the fans.

Stokes’s signing could be an inspired piece of business and he netted on his debut as a sub against St Mirren last week. Alan Stubbs must be tempted to start the on-loan Celt at the expense of Chris Dagnall and the bulk of the Tynecastle crowd will welcome that move – in fact all but the 3000 St Johnstone fans.

The Perth club are raging at the tickets split and having four times more fans in the ground and in their home city should lift the Hibees.

Having already knocked out Dundee United and Aberdeen the Championship side tempt at 7-4 with Skybet.

However, Saints are an established top-flight outfit who don’t concede too many goals and have matchwinners in the shape of Stevie McLean and Rangers target Michael O’Halloran.

So best bets for me are Hibs draw no bet at evens with Skybet and both teams to score at 8-11 with Ladbrokes even though the Edinburgh men haven’t conceded in the tournament.

Saints are a biggest 7-4 at McBookie while a draw that forces extra time pays 5-2 with Ladbrokes. If Stokes starts he’s worth taking at 17-10 with Ladbrokes to net while the club’s top scorer Jason Cummings is 8-5.

O’Halloran played well in the 3-1 defeat at Celtic last week and set up a goal for McLean who is 19-10 at Ladbrokes to hit the target.

With so many decent forwards on show both to score should come in while Hibs are slight favourites at 10-11 with Skybet to qualify. Saints are evens at William Hill.

In the other semi-final tomorrow at Hampden it’s difficult to see past the treble chasers.

Ronny Deila’s side have returned to form with 19 goals in five successive wins. County haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine league games and have lost 4-1 and 2-0 to the Hoops in the Premiership this season.

Celtic can go on accumulators at 4-11 with bet365 and Coral while Celtic -1 is evens at Paddy Power,

Goals are coming from all angles so picking a first scorer is tough. Leigh Griffiths missed out against Saints and is 3-1 favourite at bet365. He has banged in three of Celtic’s six against County.

Last week’s strikes came from midfield men Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong so let’s consider Nir Bitton to get in on the act as he has done many times this season. He is 9-1 at Betfred.

County have shocked Celtic before in a cup semi-final and are a best 19-2 at McBookie to win in 90 minutes and 19-5 at Stan James to qualify. Celtic have conceded in their last three and a win with both scoring pays 19-10 at Ladbrokes.

Meanwhile, the  Premiership game at lunchtime between Inverness and Hearts is off – and that’s a shame as Willie Collum was to be the man in the middle.

Jambos boss Robbie Neilson said he’d been training with 10 men ahead of the last match Collum took charge of and he wrongly sent off Callum Paterson.

Partick Thistle v Dundee Utd has also bitten the dust after a pitch inspection with four lower-league matches also cancelled.

Dundee should beat Motherwell and Kane Hemmings is 7-4 at bet365 to add to his recent goals haul.


Big match in the Championship is Rangers v Falkirk and I’m on the Ibrox men to notch a vital win and move eight points clear of Hibs.

They have won five in a row and scored 21 goals since losing to the Bairns and are a best 3-10 at Ladbrokes with Falkirk 10-1 with McBookie.

St Mirren won’t have a better chance of notching a first home win of the season when Alloa visit and are 8-13 with Coral.

In League One I like Ayr who have strengthened at home to Stenny and take East Fife, who have also added to their squad, against beat a Clyde side who have gone backwards in League Two with three defeats in four. They are 5-4 at William Hill.

Bets to Consider

Hibs dnb

Griffiths to score first (Sun)

Hemmings to score

St Mirren


East Fife

Games Off/Inspections


Inverness CT v Hearts (off)

Partick Thistle v Dundee United (off)


Raith Rovers v Queen of the South (off)

League One

Cowdenbeath v Forfar (off)

League Two

Berwick v Queen’s Park (off)

Stirling v Montrose (off)

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    Alves 9 months ago

    Stokes in line for 2 league winners medals when Hibs win the league then 😁

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    Alves 9 months ago

    1 appearance this season so maybe no then

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    chris guy 9 months ago

    Mr Fixit, I’ve already picked out Nir Bitton for first goalscorer. He’s available at 18/1 with Bet365!! I’d suggest backing him each way which will give you odds of 6/1 for him to score anytime.

    I was looking at a penalty or red card in the Inverness game but I’m a little concerned that he’s been keeping his cards in his pocket since being chosen as a Euro 2016 ref. Willie Collum has not even given a single yellow card in his past two games. I wonder what odds you would have gotten for that?

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    alva glen 9 months ago

    St.Mirren are far too short to back and Alloa have just won at Raith and were leading Morton 1-0 until a 60 min A.

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      Mr Fixit 9 months ago

      alva glen, I’m definitely taking a chance on St Mirren who haven’t won at home in the league.
      But a few St Mirren fans I know are confident and they have made two good signings in Davie Clarkson and Rocco Quinn so this could be their day.
      One Buddie tipped Saints -1 but that’s maybe going too far.

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    Johnb 9 months ago

    Mr f I think Stubbs should start with Cummings & Dagnall, Stokes will score goals for us and I believe he will make the difference between finishing top and maybe finishing top
    Stokes came on last week and scored, even my gran wouldn’t have missed that but he looked okay, still short of match fitness though.
    Got to say though Chris Dagnall who I have also seen at Barnsley and thought he would make a big impact at Hibs played outstanding last week along with others but for me Dagnall stood out

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      Mr Fixit 9 months ago

      Johnb, you know more about Hibs than me. As you say could be an impact sub but a good player to have waiting in the wings.
      Just spoke to Greg who is on his way to Edinburgh in the snow – hope the weather’s better in the East.

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        Johnb 9 months ago

        Mr f not going to the game today, couldn’t get a ticket, went to St Mirren game and was impressed by the whole team

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          Mr Fixit 9 months ago

          Johnb, thought you’d have got a ticket OK – saying Hibs had most of them.
          Next week will be trickier though.
          If you want Hibs tickets for a league game let me know and I’ll sort you out courtesy of the league sponsors.

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            Johnb 9 months ago

            Ok thanks mr f and although we got most of them we could have sold a lot more because of how the team are playing

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          Mr Fixit 9 months ago

          Johnb, bit of a shock in the tennis – did you give Kerber a sniff?

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            Johnb 9 months ago

            I wanted Kerber to win but thought Williams would have, also Konta will at some point win a slam fancy her to do well in the us open this year and I think Murray will beat Djokovic, there are stats that give Murray a good chance but it could just come down to the first set again

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              rale 9 months ago

              I am really curious to hear what are the stats that give Murray good chance against Djokovic. In my opinion, only if Djokovic has completely off day, Murray can have a chance, but I can’t see that. One set is max he can get.

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                Mr Fixit 9 months ago

                rale, none really. Only thing I read in Murray’s favour is no one has lost five finals of a single Grand Slam event without first winning one.

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    gg1a 9 months ago

    partick v dundee utd game off

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