IAN BARACLOUGH started his Motherwell career with victory at St Mirren last week and his influence has been talked up by players since he was appointed.

Well have a chance of making it two wins in a row – especially if they give midfielder Lionel Ainsworth a sniff at goal.

Baraclough may or may not know this but the Englishman has scored in the three matches he's played against the Jags. Last season he netted in two league meetings from his total of 11 goals. He's been less prolific this season but one of his three strikes came in a defeat at Firhill.

He's no Lionel Messi but a 100 per cent strike rate against any club is impressive. To score today Ainsworth is 16-5 at Paddy Power and to bag the opener is 9-1 at Paddy Power and bet365.

Last week I tipped John Sutton to hit Well's opener and he is 6-1 at William Hill to repeat the feat.

Thistle are 6-4 favourites with the likes of McBookie who are best price Well at 2-1. I don't see the Fir Park men losing and like the look of Well draw no bet at 11-10 with McBookie.

Celtic should bounce back from their shock defeat at Dundee United by seeing off Ross County at home. The champions are no bigger than 1-25 with the likes of Ladbrokes but you can understand the skinny offer.

That means we need to go elsewhere for value and Celtic minus two at 21-20 with bet365. It was 5-0 when the sides met in Dingwall and in their previous home game Celtic beat St Mirren 4-1 when it should have been many more.

If Leigh Griffiths starts consider him at 9-2 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock. He almost rescued Celtic last week with a goal off the bench and a shot off the post in the final minute.

Dundee Utd face a tough test in the Tayside derby against a St Johnstone side who have won five in a row. Saints took the festive fixture 3-0 last season and haven't lost at home to United in four.

They are a biggest 85-40 at McBookie while United are 7-5 favourites with McBookie and William Hill. With both sides in decent form I'm happy to take a punt on over 2.5 goals at 1-1 with McBookie.

Hamilton were another side I featured in my tips last week and I'll be on them again at Kilmarnock today. Killie have lost five out of six with little signs of improvement while Accies are going for three victories in a row after a blip. They are a best 13-8 at McBookie.

St Mirren are another side still struggling and I expect Dundee to beat them at Dens. Dundee are a best 10-11 at William Hill and interestingly there has been a goal scored in the last 10 minutes in each of the previous three meetings between the sides. A repeat of that pays 13-8 with Hills.

There should be a cracker between Inverness and Aberdeen on Sunday and I'm siding with the Dons at 6-4 with McBookie. ICT have lost two in a row – including a 4-0 defeat at home to Partick – and the Dons have players who can take advantage of defensive slip-ups.

Ex-ICT striker Adam Rooney is the only Aberdeen player to have scored away from home in the Dons' last four and is 9-5 at Paddy Power to net at any time.

In the Championship the big game is Hibs v Rangers. I'd favour Hibs if it wasn't for the fact Gers have a new boss in charge in Kenny McDowall and haven't lost in 13 visits to Easter Road.

Rangers are 23-20 favourites at Coral with Hibs as big as 13-5 with McBookie. I fancy a draw at 13-5 with Skybet.

Nicky Law has scored for Gers in both matches v Hibs this season and is 33-10 at 888sport to hit the target again.

Leaders Hearts travel to a Livingston side without a win in their last six home league matches. The Jambos netted five against the strugglers earlier in the season and can be taken minus one at 6-5 with Paddy Power.

Recommended Bets

Ainsworth to score
(16-5, Paddy Power)

Griffiths to score first
(9-2, Paddy Power)

(13-8, McBookie)

Hearts -1
(6-5, Paddy Power)

  1. Fillgoose 6 years ago

    Im thinking of both Rangers and Hearts -1, I can see Rangers winning 3-1

  2. Greg Browning 6 years ago

    Well done with your trebles today Mr F

    Just looked through every scottish game – not too much taking my fancy! Will post shortly

  3. robbie d 6 years ago

    Scottish fancies tomorrow:
    Hibs double chance
    Hearts minus one

  4. Greg Browning 6 years ago

    20 games in Scotland tomorrow, I’ll be at McDairmid for the game of the day as St Johnstone host Dundee United! It’s too close to call and is best left alone

    Motherwell v Partick

    This will be Baracloughs 3rd game in charge of Motherwell and he’s had a decent start! On paper, well have a decent squad but its just not happened for them this season! They host a Partick side who will be cursing after letting another lead slip late on! With confidence being restored at fir park I don’t think They’l lose this! Partick are playing well and this should lead to an open game! BTTS looks likely but I’m going to side with goals!

    Back over 2.5 match goals 19/20 ( NAP )
    Motherwell double chance 3/5

    Hibs v Rangers – over 2.5 goals 17/20
    Airdrie v Ayr – over 2.5 goals 3/5

  5. Daz1874 6 years ago

    Hearts -1 tomorrow is as good a bet as any and will be my main bet. Don’t see where you get your confidence on Rangers winning though as they are out of form and hibs have the benefit of going into the game with 2 recent wins .

  6. jim burnside 6 years ago

    Bet of the day fr me will b ovr 45pts bookings in hibs v gers game no love un this game

  7. smokeit34 6 years ago

    £50 free bet again with 365 on mon, plenty xmas prezzies from them!

    think ove worked out best way to make decent money, correct me if im wrong, still full of xmas spirit ;)

    anyway if you have 3 friends

    £50 pre match on u6.5 = £50.50
    £50 in play on draw = £200

    £50 pre match on u6.5 = £50.50
    £50 in play swansea = £275

    3rd fRIEND
    £50 pre match liverpool = £85
    £50 in play liverpool(OR WAIT FOR BETTER ODDS) = £85

    SO profit of either

    Liverpool win: £371
    Draw: £351
    Swansea win: £375

    NO LOSE SITUATION, NOTHING AT STAKE FOR AT LEAST £108 ;) NEED 3 friends with £100 though or 6 to double it or 9 to treble it ;) etc etc etc sure you get the picture

    • smokeit34 6 years ago

      Although 0-0 draw you get your money back, very unlikely though. :)

      merry xmas and good new year to all!

  8. craneguy 6 years ago

    Scottish bets tomorrow are

    hearts -1 23/20 30%
    hibs DNB 2.25//1 30%
    hearts -2 4/1 10%
    keatings fgs 4.5/1 10%
    hibs win 3.3/1 10%
    hearts -1, hibs DNB double 4/1 10%

    good luck all………….

  9. bryn 6 years ago

    Going for
    Hearts -1
    Celtic -1
    5.48/1 Bet 365

  10. Dale 6 years ago

    Hi guys don’t know much about the Scottish football all I know is there always seems to be goals in the prem and championship can any body talk me out of doin over 1.5 match goals in all prem and championship games…

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Dale, it’s up you but it’s just a random bet.

    • Dale 6 years ago

      I know it’s a random bet mr f but every time I see the Scottish games there’s always goals… Been winning quite a bit of late doin it just wanted to know if I was right to think there will be goals… It covers all score draws and 2-0’s and u don’t have to pick a winner… may do a few games in an Acca the ones I’m not sure of will just do double chance that’s been working also… Any advice on the championship and league 1 games mr f… Are they high scoring leagues ?

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Dale, the Championship, League One and League Two are high-scoring but as in every league you’ll get some 0-0s and 1-0s.

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Dale, the Championship, League One and League Two are high-scoring but as in every league you’ll get some 0-0s and 1-0s.

    • Dale 6 years ago

      Just a lottery really i suppose then mr f hopefully it comes off just wanted a bit of fun before the studying begins sat night for Sunday…

  11. Chris Guy 6 years ago


    Bilel Mohsni First Goalscorer @ 25/1 (Spreadway Sports)
    Bilel Mohsni Anytime Goalscorer @ 9/1 (Spreadway Sports)

    This could very easily be 4-0 or 5-0 to Celtic. With Mulgrew and Denayer out injured I’m continuing to back Virgil Van Dijk. He’s been in impressive form lately and represents excellent value at 6/1 to score anytime with Betfred. Celtic conceded two goals against Dundee Utd last week and if they were to concede against Ross County it would more than likely be from a set piece. Defender Paul Quinn has scored a couple of goals for Ross County lately and I’m having a speculative punt on him for ew First Goalscorer at 80/1 with Bet365.

    Paul Quinn First Goalscorer ew @ 80/1 (Bet365)
    Virgil Van Dijk Anytime Goalscorer @ 6/1 (Betfred)


    John Terry has scored the first goal in his past two matches. Can he score the first goal for his third consecutive match? I think not but at the same time I didn’t think he’d score twice in a row. Imagine he did score I’d be absolutely kicking myself which is the reason I must back him. I’d imagine some of the bookies would have been paying out a pretty penny today but that doesn’t appear to be affecting BetVictor who price him up at 40/1 for First Goal and a massive 15/1 for him to score anytime. He’s only 5/1 with William Hill. The 15/1 on offer is simply ridiculous.

    John Terry First Goalscorer @ 40/1 (BetVictor)
    John Terry Anytime Goalscorer @ 15/1 (BetVictor)

    Good luck everyone

  12. Buster 6 years ago

    Smoke it font quite get your scenario .is your -6.5 the qualifier on goals or corners ? Either way u have to cover it

  13. Greg Browning 6 years ago

    Dale, over 2.5 goals in all division 1 & 2 matches pays 142/1

    It’s never far away

  14. Lyall 6 years ago

    Dale, I’d check last Sat’s premier results if I were you. 4 out of 5 games were under 1.5 goals….

  15. Lyall 6 years ago

    Totally lost you Smoke it. Where do those profit figures come from?

  16. Jamie 6 years ago

    I’ve gone for
    Dundee 1/2
    Arbroath 8/15
    Albion 8/15
    Queen’s Park 10/11
    Montrose 4/7
    All these teams to win either half
    I’ve put £10 on to return £105 what do you think??

  17. Jamie 6 years ago

    Ive also had
    Hearts -1
    Queen’s Park or draw
    £30 returns £142
    What do we think??

  18. steven 6 years ago

    waiting on dundee utd for £1500 anyways of covering the bet

  19. edgeman 6 years ago

    Smokeit, its not a “no lose” situation. What if Liverpool win 5-2?

  20. Gary 6 years ago

    Watford done me last night for a £4 acca was returning £240 how bad were they.Heading to Livi Keatings score 1st Hearts 3-0 C’MON THE JAMBOS

  21. PenguinsJames 6 years ago

    Celtic -1
    Hearts -1
    Over 2.5gls Motherwell v St Patrick
    Queen of South

    8 fold returns £728.34 to a £10 bet (combination of several selections on here)

    Good luck!

  22. Alex Walker 6 years ago

    Steven. Hope you win it. Good luck.

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