Scottish Football Tips: Dons Drought to Come to an End

KevMac runs us through the fixtures in Scotland where there’s a full card in the Premiership and Championship.

Aberdeen v Kilmarnock

ABERDEEN should finally bring their historic goal drought to an end when struggling Kilmarnock come calling this afternoon.

The Dons made it six games without a goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss at Celtic, the first time they have gone so long without netting in their history.

But there were some positives amidst the gloom for Derek McInnes, most notably the performance of new boy Florian Kamberi.

The former Hibs and Rangers striker came within a whisker of ending the drought with a shot that smashed off the post and looked lively throughout.

So Kamberi could get off the mark against Killie today and he’s 23/10 with Paddy Power for anytime scorer.

Kilmarnock are the only team on a worse run than the Dons, with last week’s defeat at Ibrox making it seven losses on the spin.

Tommy Wright seems to have made them more solid at the back since taking charge, with his first two games ending in 1-0 defeats.

So it’s no great surprise to see under 2.5 goals as short as 4/6 with McBookie today given both teams’ lack of firepower in attack.

That’s not great value so try a one-goal winning margin for either side instead at 7/5.

I cashed in by backing Dons star Lewis Ferguson for a card in midweek and this clash could be a war of attrition in midfield.

Killie’s Aaron Tshibola has been booked in his last three games so I’m backing him for a card this time at 5/4 with McBookie.

Hibs v Hamilton

Hamilton bust my coupon with their stunning derby win last weekend and are now off the bottom of the table after three games without defeat.

But they needed a big deflection to escape with a point from Paisley in midweek and I fancy Hibs to beat them today in the capital.

The Hibees are just 4/9 with McBookie but backing them to be winning at half-time and full-time increases the odds to 23/20.

Their two meetings this season have produced nine goals so it bodes well for an open game. Over 2.5 strikes is priced 3/4 at McBookie while the odds increase to 2/1 for over 3.5 goals.

Motherwell v St Johnstone

Motherwell’s derby loss dragged them back into the relegation dogfight and they host St Johnstone today.

Another defeat would leave them looking nervously over their shoulder while a victory would see them jump above Saints in the table.

The Perth side are in good form, with their only defeats in the last 10 games coming against the Old Firm.

They also have one eye on the upcoming Betfred Cup Final so this is a tough one to call. Well have also improved under Graham Alexander so I’m going for BTTS at 10/11 (McBookie).

My bonkers bet suggestion of Shaun Rooney for anytime scorer came up at 25/1 last weekend against Celtic.

The St Johnstone defender is still as big as 17/1 with Unibet here so it looks like all bookies haven’t caught on yet after three goals in his last six games.

St Mirren v Livingston

Livingston have lost their last two after going 14 matches without defeat under new boss David Martindale.

They now face a tough trip to Paisley to face the St Mirren side they beat in the Betfred Cup semis.

A single strike settled that game in Livi’s favour and it could be tight again here so I’m betting against BTTS at 5/6 with Unibet.

Rangers v Dundee Utd

The Old Firm are both in action tomorrow with Rangers hosting Dundee United first.

I cashed in by backing United to beat Livi at 3/1 last week and they could get some joy against a Gers side coming back off a tough midweek Euro trip.

I still fancy Steven Gerrard’s side to win but United are 13/10 to score with Genting and that’s worth a bet.

Ross County v Celtic

Celtic head to Ross County tomorrow night on the back of five successive wins.

The last two meetings of these sides in Dingwall both delivered five goals so I’m going for over 3.5 goals here at 7/5 with McBookie.

Hearts v Morton

PUNTERS finally have a full card of Championship fixtures to pick from today after being frozen out for the last couple of weeks.

Leaders Hearts have struggled for goals of late but I’m backing them to get back on track at home to Morton.

Over 3.5 goals pays 23/20 with McBookie while the Jambos are a decent 4/5 (Bet365) to be winning at half-time and full-time.

Dundee v Queen of the South

There should also be goals when Dundee host a Queen of the South side who have lost just one of their last eight games.

Both teams to score pays 8/11 with McBookie while over 3.5 goals is 8/5 with the same firm.

Dunfermline v Alloa

Dunfermline have gone off the rails with just one win in six but that was a 4-1 thrashing of Raith in their last home game. They host Alloa today and a Pars win with over 2.5 goals pays 6/5 at McBookie.

Raith face a tricky trip to in-form Arbroath and I’m betting against BTTS at 9/10 (McBookie), a bet I also fancy at 11/10 in Ayr’s clash with Inverness.

Super Singles

  • Florian Kamberi anytime scorer (23/10, Paddy Power)
  • Hearts HT/FT (4/5, Bet365)
  • Dunfermline win and over 2.5 goals (6/5, McBookie)

Deadly Double

  • Over 2.5 goals in Hibs v Accies and County v Celtic (175/100, McBookie)

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