Scottish Football Betting Preview – 19/11/16
Scottish Football Betting Preview – 19/11/16
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Aberdeen
Home side Inverness Caledonian Thistle opened up the season with three consecutive defeats to Partick Thistle, Ross County and Hearts, conceding an accumulative ten goals. They’ve gone on to have a stronger set of games though, beating St Johnstone, Dundee and Motherwell as well as sustaining some really important draws, most impressively holding Scottish giants Celtic to a stunning 2-2 draw after combatting every Hoops strike with one of their own. French forward Lonsana Doumbouya signed in the summer from Belgium Second Division side Cercle Brugge and has the most goals for Caley with four to his name.
Richie Foran’s side will be happy with his side’s performances but their next challenge will be turning the draws into wins, as they have as many draws and losses over their opening 13 league fixtures. Their last game had them once again playing Celtic, who all Scottish Premiership sides are bound to quake at the mere thought of. Caley put up a tough defence but were incapable of causing an upset like in their last tie with the Hoops. Goals from Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic decided the game, despite goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams’ attempts between the sticks.
Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen have burst into the Scottish Premiership this season. After being knocked out of a qualifying round of the Europa League courtesy of Slovenian side NK Maribor, Aberdeen failed to win for two games before winning six and drawing three of their 12 league fixtures. They’re now second in the table with 21 points, only out-played by regular league toppers Celtic, who have 31 points. The partnership of Adam Rooney and Jayden Stockley up front has helped their push up the table, netting a combined six goals. Niall McGinn has also contributed from midfield with his addition of three goals.
Their last game was a Friday night fixture against eighth place Partick Thistle. The Dons opened up with an overwhelming attack, scoring through Anthony O’Connor after some confusion in Partick’s defence. Midfielder Adam Barton levelled the scoreline after half-time with a perfect header that flew into the top left corner of Joe Lewis’ net. Aberdeen still came out with all three points though after striker Jayden Stockley ran towards Partick’s goal, noticed the ‘keeper off his line and chipped him from outside the penalty area, to end the game with an spectacular winning strike.
Aberdeen to win (Best priced at 1/1 on Bet Victor) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 5/6 on Coral) – BET HERE
Rangers v Dundee
After gaining automatic promotion from the Scottish Championship last season, Rangers haven’t had the show-stopping return to the top tier that they expected. They were unbeaten until the start of September, winning and drawing twice but had their hopes crushed when fierce rival Celtic thrashed them 5-1 at Celtic Park with star striker Mousa Dembele bagging a hat-trick. Since then, they’ve won three out of seven games and see themselves sat at third in the table, Aberdeen just above them by a single deciding point. They are unbeaten in most of their games, only losing twice, but will have to improve on turning draws into wins if they want to return to life as the title challengers they once were.
Mark Warburton’s side played Ross County in their most recent league match, a team who are bottom of the table and look set to be favourites for relegation. Rangers were ahead after just eight minutes when a Josh Windass corner powerfully met the head of Clint Hill, who headed the ball past Scott Fox. They continued to attack in the hope that they could strengthen their lead, missing some really straight-forward chances. They were unsurprisingly punished for their lack of composure when 15 minutes from half-time, a Chris Burke corner flew into Rangers’ box, going in via an Andrew Davies header. The entire second half saw no goals leaving the Gers with a disappointing draw.
Away side Dundee come in to the game with a successful previous two fixtures but it hasn’t been the case for most of their other games this season. They opened up with a solid 3-1 win over Ross County before failing to win again for 11 games, leaving them with only three wins and draws from 13 matches. With such poor performances, they’re second to bottom in the table, only saved from the lowest position due to Ross County having a point less and being the most unsuccessful team in the Scottish Premiership this season.
After completing October with a win over Hamilton Academical, Paul Hartley’s Dundee played their most recent fixture at home to Motherwell, who are only a place above them in the division. The game kicked off with Dundee looking weak as Motherwell kept attacking with the hope of going ahead early. Five minutes from half-time Dundee reacted, counter-attacking an unprepared Well defence and giving Cammy Kerr an easy opening goal. The second half saw even more of their sudden burst of confidence, eventually grabbing a second when Chris Wighton passed the ball onto the path of Marcus Haber who pelted the ball past Chris Samson.
Both teams to score (Best priced at 10/11 on Bet365) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals (Best priced at 7/5 on Bet Bright) – BET HERE
See our Scottish Football Betting Tips for this weekend HERE
Watch highlights from Aberdeen’s win over Partick Thistle here: