THERE have been a few managerial changes in the Premiership during the international break but one man staying put is St Johnstone’s Tommy Wright.
The Irishman could have been in the Tannadice hotseat but he’s delighted Saints by staying on and signing a new deal.
His decision should give the club a massive boost – not that they need it. Saints look a cracking bet at 23-20 with William Hill even though Partick Thistle dumped Dundee Utd 3-0 last time out.
That was more down to a poor effort from the Tangerines who then sacked boss Jackie McNamara. The Perth men destroyed Aberdeen 5-1 at Pittodrie last time out and have won four of their last five.
And remember they are the only side in Scotland whose matches have all featured both to score this season. Thistle aren’t guaranteed a goal but anyone who likes the stat can have 28-29 at 888sport (daft odds).
Meanwhile, it’s all change in the Motherwell and Dundee Utd dugouts this weekend but will there be an upturn in results? New managers usually provide clubs with an early bounce as players try to impress but Mark McGhee and Mixu Paatelainen have been handed big tests.
McGhee’s Motherwell entertain Celtic while United tackle Hearts tomorrow and I’m sure either boss would take a draw right now.
McBookie go 30-1 for both bosses to make a perfect start and it’s 9-2 neither lose. Motherwell are 4-1 with McBookie to climb out of the bottom half and finish in the top six with United 5-1 to do so.
Well have taken points off the Hoops down the years and even though Ronny Deila is without skipper Scott Brown and with others leg weary after the Euros I can’t see past an away at 1-3 (William Hill).
In his last spell McGhee introduced an exciting brand of attacking football to Fir Park that resulted in a European place.
Whether he’s got the quality to repeat that achievement is doubtful but Well have netted in eight of their last five home
meetings with the champions so a goal is not out of the question.
Both to score pays 39-40 at McBookie (come on guys just make it evens!) while I’ll be on Leigh Griffiths to show Scotland No.2 McGhee what he’s all about after the disappointment of not featuring against Poland then missing the Gibraltar game.
Top scorer Griffiths is 10-3 at Betfred to score first and 5-6 to net at any time.
Paatelainen’s side have a better chance against Hearts. The Jambos are without a win in five league outings after a flying start and Robbie Neilson will be keen to get them going again.
United are down at the bottom because they’re not good enough and have been lacking confidence and it could take big Mixu weeks until he sees some improvement.
The new man will be cheered by stats that state United have lost just one of their last 13 meetings with the Jambos. United draw no bet is 11-10 at William Hill.
Rangers aim to make it 10 out of 10 in the Championship and are no bigger than 2-11 at Ladbrokes. I’m happy to take Gers minus one at 8-15 with Ladbrokes – all but two of their league matches have been won by at least two.
I like Raith at Alloa and Hibs at home to Dumbarton. Dom Malonga has scored six in his last three starts against the Sons and is 19-5 at Hills to score two or more.
Dunfermline should get back on track at Stranraer. They are 7-10 at Ladbrokes and I’m on Pars to win and over 3.5 match goals at 13-5 with Paddy Power.
Malonga (Hibs) to score first
(9-2, McBookie, bet365)
Dunfermline & over 3.5 match goals
(13-5, Paddy Power)
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