IT'S a big night at the top and bottom of the Scottish Premiership with Celtic and Aberdeen in action – and Dundee United trying to continue their bid to escape the drop.

Let's start with the New Firm derby – Dundee United v Aberdeen. It's difficult to decide which teams needs the points more but I'll guess it's the Tangerines.

I'll be ruled fearless or foolhardy at the end of 90 minutes but I can see United getting some sort of results against a side without two of their key men – top scorer Adam Rooney and skipper Jonny Hayes.

A few weeks ago I'd written United off in the fight to for survival but they've given themselves a chance with 10 points in five games.

That still leaves Mixu Paatelainen's men nine points from safety but his players look ready for a scrap.

Aberdeen lost at Inverness and were held to St Johnstoneso need the points just as much to stay in the title race.

Bookies are giving them respect with the Dons no bigger than 23-20 at McBookie. United look big at 13-5 with Paddy Power and the draw is 12-5 at McBookie.

It's a big call to go for the home win so I'm only being semi-fearless and my money will be on Dundee Utd draw no bet at 11-8 with William Hill and Ladbrokes.

A Dundee double tonight pays 35-1 at Ladbrokes but I'm not that daft. Dens boss Paul Hartley admits he has a selection dilemma with his side visiting Celtic tonight and Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

That suggests he'll rest key men but check line-ups before taking my advised bet of Celtic -2 at 7-5 with McBookie.

Celtic beat Dundee 6-0 at home in September and in the previous two seasons won 5-0 twice. Ronny Deila's side aren't firing on all cylinders but if their opponents are distracted by Saturday's fixture this could be another thumping.

Ex-Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths is 23-10 at 888sport to score first and just 8-15 to net at any time.

The third Premier League game sees St Johnstone at home to Partick and this has the feel of a draw.

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  1. gio123 3 years ago

    Mr F, may I ask
    Why do you believe in Dundee utd not losing today ?) They were on a good run and I doubt they can keep it up against Aberdeen

    • Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      gio123, I’ve made it pretty clear it’s down to the absence of two of Aberdeen’s key players – Rooney and Hayes.
      United have had good wins against Hearts and Ross County and need to keep up that level.
      If they drop to the standard they showed before that they’ll lose.

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