SATURDAY started perfectly for me with two advised winners in the Celtic v Aberdeen game at 7-2 and 11-4.
It ended miserably with Aleksander Kolarov’s missed penalty but that’s the gamble and I’m hoping Sunday brings me better luck.
And while there is some skill involved in picking winners every punter needs some luck.
The big game in Scotland on Sunday sees Hibs tackle Rangers in the Championship trying to end their perfect record.
As Rangers face their biggest test of the season McBookie are offering 20-1 they will manage to go through the whole campaign with a perfect record. They have won the first 11 and the bookies go just 2-1 Rangers can remain unbeaten for the whole season.
Alan Stubbs’s Hibs are 1-1 at William Hill to stop the Ibrox side’s winning streak at 11 and I reckon they can do it. Rangers have gone off the boil recently but are still picking up the points.
St Mirren, Livingston and Queen of the South have been beaten by one and another single-goal Gers’ victory pays 14-5 at Ladbrokes.
Jason Cummings and Martyn Waghorn are the in-form strikers in the league and both to score pays 9-2 with William Hill.
Hibs ran Mark Warburton’s men close at the start of the season with a 1-0 loss at Ibrox after a 6-2 trouncing in the Challenge Cup and have won four in a row with a League Cup quarter-final meeting to come against Dundee Utd on Wednesday.
The Hibees will have backers at a best 17-5 with McBookie and I can see them drawing. That pays a best 13-5 at Ladbrokes and William Hill.
There are two matches in the Premier League – Everton v Sunderland and Southampton v Bourenmouth – so nothing to get too excited about.
Sunderland will be on a high after their 3-0 defeat of Newcastle and Sam Allardyce knows how to keep sides up. They’re road record is poor but the Toffees have come unstuck a few times at home this season, winning just once in the league, and I can Sunderland nicking a point as they’ve won on their last two visits to Goodison.
Goalscoring has been a problem but Steven Fletcher is back on form and could take advantage of the fact Everton are without three defenders – Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman and Phil Jagielka. Best bet here could be both teams to score at 19-20 at betfair.
From a betting point of view I prefer the south-coast derby at St Mary’s. Bournemouth have conceded 14 goals in their last five away matches and defended abysmally in losing 5-1 at home to Spurs last Sunday – their second 5-1 bashing in a row.
Southampton beat Chelsea (it doesn’t seem such a big deal now) and drew at Liverpool in their last two and are boosted by the return of star man Sadio Mane who is 6-4 with bet365 to score. Saints are not big at 4-7 with the likes of bet365 and William Hill but should win.
I like Saints and both to score at 12-5 with bet365 as Bournemouth have netted in their last and Graziano Pelle to score at 6-5 is another bet I like.
Hibs not to lose (12.30pm)
(1-1, William Hill)
Southampton & btts (4pm)
Everton v Sunderland btts