The Scottish Premiership has been somewhat turned on its head in recent days, with results becoming devilishly tough for punters to predict.
Fingers were burned last weekend as Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten domestic streak came to a shuddering halt at Tynecastle, while St Johnstone emerged with three points from Ibrox for the first time in 46 years.
Tough times for punters then, as we turn our eyes to the final Scottish Premiership offering pre-Christmas on Saturday afternoon.
Celtic, steadied by a midweek win over Partick Thistle, welcome Aberdeen to Glasgow’s East End, where the Hoops are 4/11 to win.
Meanwhile, Rangers find themselves odds-on jollies at 20/29 for the early kick-off against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
Killie have lost just one of six games recently, while Aberdeen recorded their third straight win in a convincing 4-1 demolition of in-form Hibs at Pittodrie a week ago.
Having waded in behind the Glasgow clubs last week, to no good effect, it seems best to leave them sit this time ahead of two potentially troublesome fixtures.
Rangers have however produced a remarkable run of entertaining away days. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Rangers last 12 away games in the top flight, with the Light Blues scoring twice in 11 of those games.
Therefore at the marginally better price of 20/27, compared with a Gers win, we’ll settle on over 2.5 goals in the early game at Rugby Park.
Despite their trouncing at Hearts, Celtic’s midweek home win made it 38 league game without defeat at Parkhead. Aberdeen have, in that time, roundly been considered the Bhoys nearest challengers but Derek McInnes’ team have lost their last six games against Brendan Rodgers men.
The Dons have tended to do better in Glasgow and they are fancied to keep this one tight again, with the visitors appealing at 20/29 given a +2 handicap to start with, a bet that has landed in each of Aberdeen previous two trips to Celtic.
Motherwell fans can be forgiven if their League Cup Final joust with Celtic and a subsequent home draw with the champions now seem a long time ago. The Fir Park outfit have lost their last four in the league, trailing at half-time in each of them.
Dundee meanwhile are upwardly mobile, with three wins in six games (defeats to Aberdeen and Hearts are quickly overlooked in this context). The visitors are capable of coming away from Lanarkshire with something on Saturday, with the draw or a Dundee win coupled at 20/31.
The Scottish Premiership treble pays just under 4/1.
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