SPFL Betting Preview: Murty Back In Dugout For Gers4 min read
In the latest SPFL Betting Preview, we pick out our best bets after another turbulent week in Scottish Football.
Hearts v Rangers (12:30pm)
17/18: Rangers 0–0 Hearts
16/17: Rangers 2–1 Hearts
16/17: Hearts 4–1 Rangers
16/17: Rangers 2–0 Hearts
16/17: Hearts 2–0 Rangers
Hearts host managerless Rangers at Murrayfield in the early kick off in the SPFL.
Rangers and the word ‘crisis’ have been used regularly when discussing the Ibrox side in recent years and that is no different at the moment.
It will be interesting to see what Greame Murty can get out of the players after the axing of Pedro Caixinha, especially the foreign contingent that the Portuguese man recruited in the Summer.
The Jambos have endured a stop-start beginning to the season and come off the back of a defeat in Tuesday’s Edinburgh Derby, a match where Hibs were good value for the win.
Roll back to August and these two played out a goalless draw at Ibrox and I could see today being another tight affair.
Draw & BTTS
Aberdeen v Ross County (3pm)
17/18: Ross County 1–2 Aberdeen
16/17: Aberdeen 1–0 Ross County
16/17: Ross County 2–1 Aberdeen
16/17: Aberdeen 4–0 Ross County
15/16: Aberdeen 0–4 Ross County
Aberdeen welcome Ross County to Pittodrie after a midweek drubbing to league leaders Celtic. The gulf in class was evident in that match but this should offer a drop down in grade to a more comfortable level for the Dons.
County managed to earn a credible draw away to St. Johnstone last time out (0-0) but I think they will find this test far more difficult.
Derek McInnes will be looking for a response from his players after that midweek defeat and if the home side get on the front foot early, there could be a long afternoon in store for The Staggies.
Celtic v Kilmarnock (3pm)
17/16: Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic
16/17: Celtic 5-0 Kilmarnock
16/17: Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock
16/17: Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic
16/17: Celtic 6-1 Kilmarnock
Killie will look to Hibs and St. Johnstone for inspiration as both those sides have left Parkhead with a point this season. The Ayrshire side will arrive in Glasgow for the second time this week after visiting Ibrox on Wednesday. Chris Burke managed to steal a point on that occasion and if you offered Steve Clarke that at the moment, he’d bite your hand off.
It’s almost impossible to oppose Celtic and given they are such short odds to win, we look to the first goalscorer market for some value. Leigh Griffiths should be back in the starting XI with one eye on Europe next week and the Scotsman has every chance of opening the scoring.
Leigh Griffiths first goalscorer