There’s a look ahead to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals and the North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal at lunchtime.
Scottish Cup action returns this afternoon and BetVictor make Celtic the 1-2 market leaders to be lifting silverware aloft at Hampden in May.
Rangers are 6-1 second favourites to claim a first success since winning in 2009 thanks to Nacho Novo’s solitary strike to beat Falkirk.
The Gers are 7-10 favourites to beat top-flight outfit Dundee on home soil but with the hosts plying their trade a division below what result would be deemed an upset? Dundee are 15-4 to turn Mark Warburton’s side over and 9-4 to qualify for the next round.
I fancy the Dees to earn a replay at least and appeal at 16-5 to bring Rangers back to Dens Park and 6-4 to lead at anytime at Ibrox.
Dundee United were similarly handed an away tie and are underdogs when travelling to Ross County. The hosts are 11-10 favourites with BetVictor, the Terrors 12-5 and the draw 11-4.
County should prevail and move into the semi-finals and so should the Hoops who are 1-16 when hosting Morton on Sunday. The Hibees will fancy their chances and look a great price at home to holders Inverness. Hibs are 11-10 with Caley 13-5 and the draw 5-2.
The stand-out fixture south of the border sees Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane for possibly the biggest North London derby on record.
BetVictor make Spurs 29-20 favourites to claim both bragging rights and three points. The Gunners are 2-1.
Arsene Wenger’s side are now winless in their last four games in all competitions, losing their last three, and look likely to struggle with both Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny ruled out. Spurs look good at 17-5 with BetVictor to win and both teams to score.
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THE draw for the Scottish Cup quarter-finals suggested a weekend of favourable draws for the home sides.
On paper it would appear a straightforward four home wins and you can get odds of 5.72 (just under 5-1) for the acca.
Celtic and Rangers are formidable at home as are Hibs who host an Inverness side showing terrible form on the road.
The only chink in the armour might be Dundee United going to Ross County. The Staggies win or lose in almost equal measure at Victoria Park and that could make United worth a stab at 3.05 (41-20).
The North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal is always a feisty affair and the pressures of a title chase and recent midweek losses for both teams could well see tempers boil over today.
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For the match itself Spurs are 2.29 (13-10) with the draw at 3.40 (12-5) and Arsenal 3.10 (21-10).
Arsenal have only lost five times in 19 visits to White Hart Lane which ordinarily would make the double chance odds of 1.62 (8-13) for an away win or draw worth considering. With Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny both out that puts a spanner in the theory.
Spurs appear to have the edge in belief over a struggling side lacking confidence and those two factors could be the difference so go for a home win.
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4 Scottish Cup homes (5-1)