RANGERS managed to grind out a much-needed result against Falkirk on Friday and its now the turn of champions to see if they can produce a performance or at least the scoreline fans want.

The champions will raise the league flag and there should be a party atmosphere for the visit of leaders Dundee United.

But will the champagne go flat or will Ronny Deila's men produce some champagne football? Like Rangers, the jury's out on Celtic whose boss Ronny Deila would be under even more pressure if it hadn't been for a remarkable Champions League reprieve after two dreadful defeats by Legia Warsaw.

By the way after Legia's appeal was kicked out on Thursday William Hill have decided to pay out on Celtic to qualify against the Poles so if you had the bet make sure you get paid. Ladbrokes and Paddy Power made that decision before the appeal hearing.

Deila was smiling further after a 3-0 win at St Johnstone in midweek but the scoreline wasn’t as convincing as it looked.

United, who have opened with two wins to nil against Aberdeen and Motherwell, should give the Hoops a tougher test. Deila’s side are no bigger than 4-9 at Betfred and it’s too short until I see a different Celtic.

United are 7-1 with Ladbrokes and others and it’s so big I’m on the double chance (United not to lose) at 9-5 with bet365. That's the bet I lost with on Falkirk on Friday and as I said before it's always risky betting against the Old Firm.

For a scorer United’s Nadir Ciftci is anytime value at 9-2 with Skybet. Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has hit seven in seven v the Terrors and Hills go 1-1 he nets in a home win.

It’s a tough Premiership card all round but St Johnstone might be worth a look at 8-5 with boylesports at a Hamilton outfit who look like being better on their travels.

I’ll be on Hearts at 1-1 with William Hill to win tomorrow’s big Championship clash with Hibs but more of that later.

Meanwhile, here are some stats from William Hill's Owen Scott – not tips – that may help you with your SPFL selections.

Celtic v Dundee Utd (12.45)

Anthony Stokes has scored 7 goals in his last 7 games against Dundee Utd. Every time he scored Celtic won. Stokes to score and Celtic win 1-1.

Dundee v Partick Th

The last time these sides met on league duty Partick were 3-0 winners. Partick
scored 4 without reply in midweek and Dundee drew a blank. Partick to win to nil 4-1.

Hamilton v St Johnstone

St Johnstone are unbeaten in every away game this season including two matches in Europe. They have also conceded
a goal in each match. Both to score and St Johnstone win 10-3.

Motherwell v Inverness

Motherwell have scored exactly 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Inverness. Motherwell to score exactly 2 goals 11-4.

Ross County v Kilmarnock

Both clubs are looking for their first win of the season. The fixtures between these sides often produce goals with a minimum of 3 scored in each of the last 3 matches. Over 2.5 goals 11-10.

Alloa v Raith

Former Raith striker Greig Spence has 4 goals already to his name this season as he lines up against his
former club for the first time. Spence to score 15-8.

Dumbarton v QoS

Iain Russell has scored in 3 of his last 4 matches against Dumbarton. Russell to score and QoS to win 16-5.

Livingston v Cowdenbeath

A total of 16 goals were scored in the 4 meetings of these sides last season. Five or more goals in match 9-4.

Hearts v Hibs (Sunday)

Hibs have only 1 win from their 12 visits to Tynecastle. Both to score and Hearts win 11-4.

  1. ozcjfc 4 years ago

    Very small profit if level stakes on the stats with one match still to go.

  2. ozcjfc 4 years ago

    Clear profit now after Hibs late goal.

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