HEARTS have climbed to second after a run of five Premiership matches without defeat and should make it six against a Hamilton side who handed them their first defeat of the season.
That was a controversial 3-2 loss when Callum Paterson was wrongly sent off. There could be a bit of bad blood on Saturday and another red in the match pays 11-4 with William Hill.
A player has been sent off in the Jambos’ last four outings – two of theirs and two from their opponents – and the ref is Bobby Madden.
Hearts have won three in a row in the league without conceding and last week’s 4-0 success at Partick Thistle was impressive. The Jambos are extremely backable at 1-1 with bet365 to beat Accies and I’d even consider them -1 at 13-5 with Ladbrokes.
Paterson has been in good form since his red was rescinded and is 10-3 at Coral to net at any time. He scored in the last home match against County and before seeing red at New Douglas Park.
He is 10-1 at Paddy Power and bet365 to score first but will face big competition from Juanma who is 22-5 at McBookie.
It’s six matches without a win for Aberdeen but they should be confident against a Dundee United side who crashed 3-0 at Hibs in the League Cup in midweek.
I’m not that keen to back the Dons at no bigger than 1-2 at McBookie but William Hill’s 11-8 to win to nil is tempting.
Gary Locke has told Killie players they may earn a holiday with a good show at St Johnstone. My advice is to put away the passports as the Perth men look good for a home win. They are 8-11 at Betfred and Steven MacLean, who has netted six in his last four home matches, is 5-1 at Coral to break the deadlock.
Dundee entertain Partick in a game tough to call although the Jags may need to play keeper coach Paul Gallacher.
Motherwell are showing signs of improvement and are worth a look at 7-4 with Stan James at home to Inverness.
In the Championship Rangers should get back on track against Alloa but the Wasps could score having drawn 2-2 and 1-1 on their last two trips to Ibrox. Both teams to net pays 6-4 at betfair.
Alloa though are in poor form and I’m thinking about Rangers -3AH at evens with Coral.
Hibs followed their defeat of Rangers by beating Dundee United and should make it three big wins in seven days at St Mirren as long as they’re not jaded.
They’ve won six in a row and Jason Cummings has netted in all of them. He is 7-5 at Paddy Power to net again which is much better than Hibs to win at 4-6 with boylesports.
Another hot hitman is Livington’s Liam Buchanan. He has scored four in his side’s last two away wins and is 13-5 with McBookie to hit the target at Morton.
Meanwhile, here are Owen Scott’s stats and special. These are not tips from the William Hill man but may give you some pointers for the weekend.
ABERDEEN v DUNDEE UTD
In the last five league meetings
between these sides only one side
has scored in each match. The Dons
have won three of the last four.
ABERDEEN TO WIN TO NIL 11-8
DUNDEE v PARTICK TH
Only one of the last six goals scored
in matches between these sides has
been hit in the first half.
NO GOALS IN FIRST HALF 17-10
HEARTS v HAMILTON
Hearts have scored in both halves in
all four of their home victories
HEARTS TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES 7-4
MOTHERWELL v INVERNESS
Greg Tansey has scored in Inverness’s
last two matches and also hit the target in
their last win at Fir Park.
TANSEY TO SCORE AND INVERNESS WIN 6-1
ST JOHNSTONE v KILMARNOCK
Steven MacLean has scored six goals
in his last four home matches for
MacLEAN TO SCORE TWO OR MORE 11-2
MORTON v LIVINGSTON
Liam Buchanan has scored four goals
in Livingston’s last two away wins.
BUCHANAN TO SCORE AND LIVINGSTON WIN 4-1
QoS v DUMBARTON
In the last six meetings between these
sides QOS have kept five clean sheets
and also won five of the matches
QoS TO WIN TO NIL 9-4
RAITH v FALKIRK
Four of the last five league meetings
at Stark’s Park between these sides
have ended all square.
RANGERS v ALLOA
The last two meetings between these
sides at Ibrox have ended 2-2 and 1-1
SCORE DRAW 15-2
ST MIRREN v HIBS
Hibs have won their last six
matches with Jason Cummings scoring
in every match.
CUMMINGS TO SCORE AND HIBS WIN 6-4