MARK WARBURTON’S not enjoyed many happy days this season but he’s had more than Paul Hartley.
After an opening-day win the Dundee boss had to wait until October 29 for his next three points.
And just like buses – or shock election results – it was back-to-back victories when Motherwell visited Dens Park.
So Hartley headed for the international break in a better mood than his Ibrox counterpart who was simmering over two more dropped points at Ross County.
And Warburton will expect to resume with victory against a side Rangers beat at Dens and who they thumped 4-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup last March.
Marathonbet go a biggest 2-5 which is bigger than expected and consider Rangers to win by two or more at 21-20 with Dundee posing little threat up top.
Aberdeen head to Inverness where they’ve lost their last two. The Dons are priced about right at 21-20 with Marathonbet but I’d prefer to be on over 2.5 goals at evens with McBookie. ICT’S last three have gone that way including a 3-3 draw at home to Hearts.
St Johnstone should edge out basement boys Ross County who have won one of their last eight trips to Perth. Saints won 2-0 at Dingwall and are 10-11 at William Hill and Betfred to repeat their success.
Today’s final Premiership game sees Motherwell entertain Partick Thistle. Both sides have been inconsistent but one constant has been goals.
It’s been btts and overs in three of the last five meetings and both sides have seen over 2.5 goals occur in three of their previous five outings. Back btts and overs at 6-5 with Coral.
In the Championship there are some cracking games including Hibs v QoS and Morton v Dundee United.
Queens’ have ended their goal drought after parting company with Gavin Skelton but Hibs look a confident pick here. Hibs threw away two points at home to Falkirk last week but should win if they keep former striker Stephen Dobbie quiet.
Queens won 3-1 at Easter Road in an August cup tie but I don’t see a repeat and I’ll be on Hibs at 1-2 with McBookie.
Morton and United are the league’s form sides and I can’t split them. The draw pays 5-2 at Mararthonbet and hopefully it will be a scoring one at 7-2 with bet365.
Ayr’s good run has been ended by three defeats and Falkirk are 6-5 at William Hill to hand them a fourth.
St Mirren picked up their first win under Jack Ross by beating Ayr in the IRN-BRU Cup and could be held by a Dunfermline who have shored up the defence. Best bet could be under 2.5 goals at 21-20 with BetBright.
Saints are the only team in Britain without a league win and McBookie.com are offering just 5-1 they go through the rest of 2016 without picking up three points. They are 1-9 to win one of their remaining nine games.
McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: “St Mirren were fancied for a play-off spot at the start of the season so it is amazing they have still to pick up a win. Saturday gives them a great opportunity and we fully expect Buddies fans to be celebrating a league win before the year is out.”
The firm is offering 50-1 St Mirren go through the whole season without winning and make them 6-5 favourites for bottom spot.
Petrie added: “St Mirren are now favourites to finish bottom for the first time this season and will need more than one win if they are to prevent the drop.”
Dumbarton were soundly beaten at home to Morton last week and Raith will be desperate for three points at The Rock. The fixture has a history of goals with the last eight meetings producing an incredible 39 goals.
Rovers have netted 20 of them so average 2.5 goals at The Rock and earlier this season won 4-3 at Stark’s Park.
If you believe in stats take over 3.5 match goals at 19-8 with Marathonbet and Raith to score 2+ at 16-13 with the same firm.
In League One Airdrie could be worth a look at 2-1 with Marathonbet as they go for five wins in a row against an Alloa side who played in midweek.
Edinburgh City have won three in a row after breaking their duck and are 29-20 with McBookie to add a fourth at home to Cowdenbeath.
Bets to Consider
ICT v Aberdeen over 2.5 goals
Morton v Dundee Utd btts
Raith to score 2+