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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Griffiths to score first (Sun)
Hemmings to score
Inverness CT v Hearts (off)
Partick Thistle v Dundee United (off)
Raith Rovers v Queen of the South (off)
Cowdenbeath v Forfar (off)
Berwick v Queen’s Park (off)
Stirling v Montrose (off)
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