I TIPPED Aberdeen to win the Scottish Premiership without Celtic but their bid got off to a terrible start with Sunday's 3-0 defeat at home to Dundee United.
Aberdeen were described as “leggy” by boss Derek McInnes after their loss and while that's difficult to understand for those who work long hours at the coalface they did put a lot into their Europa League clash with Real Sociedad.
The Dons should have recovered and I expect them to bounce back at a Kilmarnock side who were happy enough to draw 1-1 at Dundee. Killie face a season of struggle without Kris Boyd – and replacement Lee Miller isn't fit yet – so I'm on Aberdeen at 11-10 (general) and hopefully they don't let me down this time.
Adam Rooney has already scored four goals away from home this season and is 21-10 to score in an away win.
Killie's new plastic puts a slight doubt in my mind but players these are getting more used to performinging on synthetic surfaces as their use increases.
Aberdeen were all the rage in the Premiership betting without Celtic but Dundee Utd gave the market an unexpected kick on Sunday.
Their 3-0 was the performance of the weekend as Jackie McNamara's men showed they can still be a force without the likes of Andy Robertson, Ryan Gauld and Gavin Gunning.
Last season's runners-up Motherwell also opened with three points and their trip to Tannadice tonight is the highlight of a full Premiership card. United by all accounts could have dumped the Dons by more than three while Well edged past St Mirren 1-0 at home.
The Terrors look the shout to maintain their maximum run and are 23-20 (general). Nadir Ciftci was on the target on Sunday and I'm on the Turkish hitman to score first at 6-1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Champions Celtic launch their campaign at St Johnstone and it should be a cracking contest between two sides who have racked four European games each.
Saints started with a super 2-1 win at Ross County and are likely to give Ronny Deila a serious test as he tries to win back fans' faith after the Legia Warsaw debacle.
With a weakened side from last season the jury's out on Celtic and I don't fancy them at a best 11-20 at McBookie. Of the new boys winger Alex Tonev is carrying a knock while young centre-half Jason Denayer, on loan from Man City, is available to start.
Last term Celtic drew 3-3 and won 1-0 at McDiarmid so it should be close again and while Saints have lost Stevie May they could force a draw as Deila attempts to find his feet.
Kris Commons has failed to score while coming close on several occasions and he could be the shout for first goal at 4-1 with bet365.
I tipped Hamilton for relegation and they failed to get off to a flier as they crashed at home to Inverness. Next up it's a visit to St Mirren and no points from their first two games would be a bit of a disaster for Alex Neil's men.
ICT looked good at the weekend and star striker Billy Mckay is 4-1 at McBookie to bag the opener after hitting the first at New Douglas Park – he's netted in his last four meetings with Dundee and is 7-4 at William Hill to net in an Inverness win.
It could be Mckay's last game with Eintracht Frankfurt the latest club in for the Northern Ireland striker after Fleetwood had a bid turned down.
Finally, Partick Thistle open their account at home to Ross County and I'm on a score draw at 23-10 at Coral. Three of the matches between these sides last season produced at least four goals and four or more in the match pays 11-4 at William Hill.
St Johnstone +2
Mckay to score first