I’VE talked a lot this week about the games involving Rangers and Dunfermline and both high scorers feature heavily on my top tips.
The matches at Ibrox and East End Park may produce the most goals but match of the day is at Pittodrie as Aberdeen take on Celtic trying to prove they can be serious challengers.
To do that they need beat the Hoops – something they failed to do last season as they lost all four Premiership encounters.
Aberdeen will fancy their chances today and are 7-2 at Betfred to win but I’m keeping the draw on side and backing the Dons not to lose at 10-11 with bet365.
Celtic are hot favourites but a best 19-20 with Coral looks a tad short. Both teams to score pays 9-10 at McBookie but has come in only three times in the last nine at Pittodrie.
Elsewhere in the Premiership best bets could be Ross County at 7-4 with McBookie at Motherwell.
The Dingwall men have started this season as they finished the last and are going for four wins in a row inspired by Liam Boyce.
Motherwell beat Kilmarnock 1-0 in their previous game but it was scrappy and nervy and they could fall victim to a speedy and clinical County outfit.
Boyce is 13-2 at McBookie and bet365 to score first and 11-5 at bet365 to net at any time.
Here is the latest Premiership team news – and note the ref at Partick Thistle v Dundee (the one and only Willie Collum).
Aberdeen v Celtic
DONS boss Derek McInnes has no fresh injury concerns as his team bid to set a new record for their most successful start to a league campaign with a sixth successive victory. Mark Reynolds is the only absentee.
Celtic have new signings Jozo Simunovic and Tyler Blackett available. Striker Nadir Ciftci is also in contention for the first time in the league this season after serving a six-game ban while right-back Mikael Lustig has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Last season: Aberdeen 0, Celtic 1; Celtic 4, Aberdeen 0; Aberdeen 1, Celtic 2; Celtic 2, Aberdeen 1.
Referee: Craig Thomson.
Dundee Utd v Kilmarnock
Tannadice defender Callum Morris is in contention to feature after missing the start of the season with a thigh problem. Loan signings Adam Taggart, Aaron Kuhl and Billy McKay are all looking to make their home debuts.
Midfielder Paul Paton (knee) is still out but forward Mario Bilate (hamstring) is close to fitness.
Killie’s Scott Robinson and Dale Carrick are on their way back from hamstring injuries but are unlikely to play. New signing Kevin McHattie is available but skipper Mark Connolly (knee) is out.
Last season: Killie 3, Dundee Utd 2; Dundee Utd 3, Killie 1; Killie 2, Dundee Utd 0.
Referee: Brian Colvin.
Motherwell v Ross County
Motherwell midfielder Jake Taylor returns from a ban and utility player Liam Grimshaw is in the squad after his loan move from Manchester United.
Striker Wes Fletcher is on his way back from an ankle injury and is not far off while midfielder Stephen Pearson (knee) is still out but improving.
County have two new signings in their squad – midfielder Martin Woods returns after a spell at Shrewsbury, while keeper Gary Woods, on loan from Leyton Orient, is likely to be on the bench.
Last season: Motherwell 1, Ross Co 1; Ross Co 3, Motherwell 2; Motherwell 2, Ross Co 2; Ross Co 1, Motherwell 2.
Referee: Don Robertson.
Partick Th v Dundee
JAGS boss Alan Archibald is hoping defender Frederic Frans (hamstring) will be fit but is confident midfielder Gary Fraser and striker Mathias Pogba will shake off knocks. New signings Mustapha Dumbuya and Robbie Muirhead are in the squad but Christie Elliott (pelvic) is out.
Paul McGowan is a doubt for Dundee but Gary Harkins returns from suspension and loan signings Riccardo Calder and Rhys Healey also come into contention. Julen Etxabeguren (hamstring) and Rory Loy (groin) are back in training following injury.
Last season: Dundee 1, Partick Th 0; Partick Th 1, Dundee 1; Dundee 1, Partick Th 1.
Referee: Willie Collum.
St Johnstone v Hamilton
Darnell Fisher could make his debut for Saints following his loan signing from Celtic. Fellow defender Steven Anderson could also feature after recovering from a fractured eye socket.
Accies player-manager Martin Canning played for their development side on Tuesday after calf trouble but this game is too soon for him. Danny Redmond and Darren Lyon also played after lay-offs and fellow midfielder Chris Turner (knee) has trained this week but Michael Devlin (ankle) is out.
Last season: Hamilton 1, St Johnstone 1; St Johnstone 0, Hamilton 1; Hamilton 1, St Johnstone 0.
Referee: Andrew Dallas.
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