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I’M looking out to a garden covered in white stuff so I don’t how the weather will affect the Scottish card but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
My own game – Clydebank v Kelty in the Scottish Junior Cup – has a 9am inspection and I’m sure groundsmen up and down the country will be dusting down their rakes and getting ready for action.
Matches on plastic should be OK so the teams challenging Rangers for the Championship should see action. Hibs travel to Alloa and Falkirk are at Queen of the South.
Both clubs have done well to stay in touch although Rangers are still in the driving seat as they head for Livingston. The West Lothian side made it tough for the Ibrox side in their last meeting, losing 1-0, and at Hibs on Tuesday when they went down 2-1 but Mark Burchill’s men have injury problems and one day this week just seven players trained.
Rangers should be refreshed after their international break and I reckon they’ll cover the -1 minus one handicap at 4-6 with Betfred and Coral.
Hibs have won 13 of their last 14 games and have done well to cut the gap at the top to two points. They travel to hapless bottom club Alloa who five lost five on the spin and are without a victory in nine. They are 3-10 at Stan James and 17-20 with Betway -1.
Gers were at one stage no bigger than 1-50 to lift the crown but are now 1-9 at Paddy Power. Having closed the gap to two points Hibs are 7-1 with McBookie and Falkirk, five points off the top, 80-1 with Paddy Power,
Falkirk’s only defeats have been to the top two. Peter Houston’s men have joined the party with four wins in a row including 5-0 romps against Alloa and Dumbartonand look big at 13-10 at Falkirk.
The minus one handicaps should be covered by Gers and Hibs and the way Falkirk are playing they could win by two or more at Palmerston. A treble on all three to win by two or more pays 12-1 at Paddy Power while Falkirk minus one returns 17-5 with Coral.
I tipped John Baird at 10-3 to score first last week and the striker has smacked eight in four games including two hat-tricks. He is 9-2 with McBookie to score first and 6-5 to net at any time. Jason Cummings and Martyn Waghorn have been prolific for Rangers and a first-scorer treble pays 82-1 at McBookie.
However, it’s James Keatings who is the current star of the show for Hibs with five in two games and the ex-Hearts man is 13-10 with bet365 to score again.
Looking at the table there is also a Premiership title fight but in reality Celtic will pull away. They are no bigger than 1-7 to beat Killie at home but having won the last four meetings at Parkhead by two or more I’m on that at 4-11 with boylesports. Minus two pays 10-11 with the Irish firm.
Hearts are without injured top scorer Juanma but should dump Dundee at 10-11 with William Hill. Having kept four clean sheets in a row the Jambos are 9-4 with Hills to win to nil.
St Johnstone have lost just once in nine against Dundee Utd and are 13-10 at Tannadice today. I don’t see them losing but Mixu Paatelainen could claim a draw.
Both teams have scored in the last eight between Ross County and Motherwell and nine in a row is 10-11 at McBookie.
In League One I like Ayr at home to Airdrie and Queen’s Park could be best bets in League Two at home to Stirling.
Bets to Consider
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Griffiths to score first
Hearts to win to nil
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