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BELOW Celtic the battle for the rest of the top-six places in the SPL will be hard-fought.

The closeness of the teams was illustrated on the opening day of the season with three draws and a 1-0 for Celtic in the five fixtures.

Most people would expect Dundee Utd, 15-8 favourites at Skybet to finish in the “best of the rest” race to get the better of Hibs today but I'm not so sure.

Peter Houston’s side are 4-6 favourites with bet365 to beat a Hibs outfit whose last campaign was pretty much a disaster from start to finish.

Pat Fenlon’s men finished second bottom then were hammered 5-1 in the Scottish Cup Final against city rivals Hearts.

Fenlon is promising a fresh start but the personnel hasn't changes much so Hibs are as big as 9-2 with BetVictor.

What could play into their hands is the fact United will have one eye on their Europa League return away to Dinamo Moscow after drawing 2-2 at home.

The Arabs played pretty well against the Russians and have enjoyed the upper hand against Hibs recently, losing only once in 13 meetings.

But they started slowly in the SPL last season and with Hibs needing to impress early on I can see them drawing. The stalemate pays 5-2 (various) while Hibs are 11-10 with Paddy Power plus one.

There have been plenty of goals in recent outings and William Hill’s 10-11 for the contest to produce at least three stands out.

Skipper Jon Daly has netted five in his last four against the Hibees and is 4-1 at Skybet to break the deadlock and it could pay to look at Gary Mackay-Steven who was outstanding against Dynamo. The winger is 16-1 at bet365 to net first and 5-1 to score at any time.

Hibs have re-signed Leigh Griffiths on loan from Wolves and is probably their best bet for a goal. He is 17-2 at bet365 to break the deadlock and 13-5 to score.

Recommendations

Mackay-Steven to score
(5-1, bet365)

Hibs plus one
(11-10, Paddy Power)

Over 2.5 goals
(10-11, William Hill)

10 Comments
  1. James Coyle 8 years ago

    I’ve bet Dundee United HT FT at 7/4.

    I have also bet Morton on the handicaps at East Stirling. I got 6/5 minus 1 goal and 3/1 minus 2 goals on Friday so I’m hoping they get thumped this afternoon.

    Best of luck everyone!

  2. andy waite 8 years ago

    have just went for morton -1 at 4/5 with paddy power.

    £229 from yesterday on it. returns £412.20

    going for 2 in a row in my quest for 6 straight (even money or there abouts)wins.

  3. Aleksandar 8 years ago

    Hi Paul, have a look at Finland veikausliga Haka to beat Inter today. Regards

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Aleksandar, didn’t see the tip in time but bad luck with it.

  4. Alex walker 8 years ago

    Cant believe it. Killie let me down for over 1400 pound. Had all the other teams to draw and win! 20 pound acca. Hope its not a sign of things to come!

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Alex, Killie looked a good thing until the team news came out and showed they had no strikers. Unlucky mate.

  5. andy waite 8 years ago

    Unlucky Alex, would have been a great start to the season aswell.

  6. andy waite 8 years ago

    well done morton,5-1. £412.20 up after 2 bets.

  7. Alex walker 8 years ago

    Never new that paul. Just fancied a daft acca on the first day of the season! Looks like it will be a hard season again for the hibs! They have to spend some money NOW!

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Alex, Fenlon’s said as much today. He needs players or another big struggle.

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