IT was a good day for punters on Saturday and I was delighted to see both my Hibs bets land in a 3-1 win against Motherwell that got the Jack Ross era off to a flying start.
Sunday is all about Aberdeen's trip to Perth to play bottom side St Johnstone and you can listen to my thoughts on the match and the betting angle in this week's Gambla Betting Podcast.
St Johnstone vs Aberdeen (KO 3pm)
A last-minute winner by St Mirren on Saturday sent St Johnstone to the foot of the Scottish Premiership and while I don't expect my team to be there come the end of the season there's a good chance they will still be there come 4.45pm on Sunday.
Tommy Wright's side have really struggled defensively this season, something that's never been said at any point about a Saints side over the last 10 years. It's a really weak and inexperienced back 4 and is void of any winners – that's backed up by the fact they have they worst defensive record in the league with 28 goals conceded after just 12 games.
Some of the goals conceded this season have been criminal and with just one clean sheet this season, Aberdeen will be licking their lips at the prospect of playing a side who have conceded 2 or more goals in 8 of their 12 league games and more worryingly for St Johnstone.
Aberdeen travel down the A90 in fine fettle as they look to make it 4 wins on the spin and that has certainly silenced the boo boys who were far from happy after a cup exit to struggling Hearts and a 5-0 hammering at Ibrox that was swiftly followed up by a 4-0 first-half crushing at the hands of Celtic.
A growing section of the Aberdeen faithful were keen to see Derek McInnes move on after those results but they have certainly been appeased with 3 terrific results that has seen them leapfrog Motherwell and they have an opportunity to put clear daylight between themselves, Well and Kilmarnock
It's three and half years since Aberdeen last lost in Perth (7 games) and they will be full of confidence coming into this with 6 goals in their last 2 matches.
St Johnstone have not been starting games well (lost the first goal in 10 of their 12 league games) and really lack an experienced centre-half and having conceded 2 goals against four bottom-six sides plus 4-1 hammering from Hibs in Perth last time out you have to fancy the Dons to collect another three points and put this fragile St Johnstone defence to the sword.
There's absolutely no way they should be 6-5 to win this game but it's team goals I'll be on and I fully expect them score 2+ goals against a side who have been shambolic at the back.
Sam Cosgrove has 16 goals in all competitions for Aberdeen this season and I would expect him to give Jason Kerr and Wallace Duffy a torrid time.
- Aberdeen to score 2+ goals
- (5-4, bet365) (NAP)
Norwegian Eliteserien – 8 matches 5pm
Penultimate round of matches in Norway and like I've backed before in other end of season affairs in other leagues, we should see goals.
Skybet a bit late with their markets but they are offering 24+goals as expected but at the slightly lower 4/5
9 teams still playing for something and we shouldn't be far away
- 24+ goals to be scored
- 4/5 (Skybet)
- All 8 matches over 1.5 goals
- 4/1 (Skybet)