Scottish Football Betting Preview – 10/12/16
Scottish Football Betting Preview – 10/12/16
Rangers v Hearts
Mark Warburton will be hoping to continue his winning mentality against Hearts, who lost their manager to MK Dons at the start if the month. It’s been a disappointing return for Rangers since their promotion from the Scottish Championship at the end of last season. They’ve won eight and drawn five of their opening sixteen games, with four of those wins coming in their last six games. It’s not helped for them that they see regular league champions Celtic sitting eight points clear at the top, also having the advantage three extra games in hand to all other sides in the division, due to their efforts in the Champions League.
Rangers’ last game had them bouncing back against a defeat to Hearts at the end of November. They took on Aberdeen in a game that would definitely contribute to the final say on who takes second in the Premiership this season. Mark Warburton’s side opened the scoring in the second half, where a diagonal cross sliced through the opposition penalty area, meeting the the foot of Kenny Miller, who hit it home. Some more interesting play doubled their lead, as defender Lee Hodson managed to keep onside and smack home a second. Andrew Considine headed a stoppage time header, following some drama that had a player from each side dismissed.
It’s been a rough few days for Hearts as, after playing out some impressive performances, they lost manager Robbie Neilson to League One side MK Dons. He had got them up to fourth in the table, with seven wins and six draws from sixteen games. They were also going through an enjoyable run of six games unbeaten, one of which was a win over Rangers. Their last game had them playing against Ross County. It was an exciting meeting where Hearts were 2-1 up with little more than twenty minutes to go. A Ross County penalty from Liam Boyce took the game to a draw with only four minutes left to play.
Newcastle United Assistant Manager Ian Cathro, who was appointed for the short-lived Steve McClaren era but was kept my Rafa Benitez, took over at Hearts on Monday. It’s his first managerial job following coaching roles at Dundee United, Portuguese side Rio Ave, La Liga side Valencia and his year-and-a-half stint at Newcastle United. Many have picked at the decision to choose him, as he has only ever coached as an assistant or lower, but there is every chance that he will turn out to be a clever pick after all of his varying levels experience.
Rangers to win (Best priced at 10/11 on Coral) – BET HERE
Martyn Waghorn to score anytime (Best priced at 9/5 on Betfair) – BET HERE
Aberdeen v St Johnstone
Aberdeen will be hoping to return to the top spot against St Johnstone on Saturday, helped by their goal in hand, which should boost them up to a stronger position if they win their next two fixtures. As top three competitors Rangers have struggled to readjust to the Scottish Premiership since their return, Aberdeen have stepped up and been the favourite to snatch second from under the noses of all other challenging sides. In their best form, they’re am impossible side to play as they have a dangerously energetic attack who look capable of putting goals past even the tougher teams in the division.
Fans of Aberdeen will be devastated by the result of their first fixture of December, as they lost their impressive run of games at second in the table through an unexpected Rangers masterclass. They made up for it in their next game though, going up after 20 minutes through a deflected Peter Pawlett strike. It was 3-0 to Aberdeen by half-time, scoring early in the second half before conceding one goal from Rory McKenzie but netting a fifth and final goal to complete the tie as a massive 5-1 victory, the biggest they’ve had all season.
Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone still have a game in hand from their Scottish League Cup quarter-final fixture to Aberdeen back in September, which they narrowly lost, meaning that if they manage to get a surprise win in this game it could boost their chances of overtaking fourth place Hearts in the table. They currently have six wins and four draws from fifteen games, looking calm over the prospect of a mid-table finish in the division this season. Last time around, The Saints finished fourth and look set to reach similar heights in their current run of games.
They took on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their most recent game, with hopes of finally coming away with three points after playing out their previous four games without a win. It opened up positively as Steven MacClean and Liam Craig shared some dominant inter-play leading to an early strike from Craig to put The Saints ahead. A well-taken half-volley from Murray Davidson then put them ahead after an hour of play, eventually finishing off the game with a calmly taken Danny Swanson goal, winning 3-0 over a battling Caley side.
Aberdeen to win (Best priced at 7/10 on William Hill) – BET HERE
Jonny Hayes to score anytime (Best priced at 11/4 on BetWay) – BET HERE
See our Scottish Football Betting Tips for this weekend HERE
Watch highlights from Aberdeen’s thrashing over Kilmarnock here: