IT’S Betfred Cup semi-final weekend and bookies make an Old Firm final no bigger than 1-2 with the sponsors.
Let’s face it – the bookies want to see Celtic v Rangers at Hampden but I don’t think the Glasgow giants will get it all their own way.
Hibs gave the Hoops a fright a couple of weeks ago when they drew 2-2 at Celtic Park in the league and Motherwell have won three of their last four and smashed Aberdeen 3-0 in the quarters with a superb display.
Let’s start with today’s match and Celtic need to lift themselves after losing 3-0 to Bayern on Wednesday.
Brendan Rodgers’s side are in the middle of a hectic spell but domestically the manager always seems to find a way and a best price of 2-5 with Betfred to win in 90 minutes is better than it was for the league clash.
That will tempt many and again I’m on both to score at 10-11 with bet365. It was 2-2 recently and if Neil Lennon’s men give it a go again there should be plenty of goals.
John McGinn was the star of the show that day with a double and is 8-1 at price to net again.
Leigh Griffiths has been Celtic’s man for the big occasion and is 10-3 at McBookie to break the deadlock while Moussa Dembele, who could start, is the same price.
A Celtic/Rangers 90-minute double pays 11-10 at Betfred and that will be popular among big hitters. Hibs are 8-1 with bet365 and double with Well you can have 62-1.
Rangers won 2-1 at Motherwell on the opening and since then both teams have improved.
Pedro Caixinha’s men have responded to the defeat to Celtic with big wins against Hamilton and St Johnstone.
Carlos Pena has found his shooting boots and a final appearance will take pressure of the manager.
Rangers are 1-2 with William Hill while Motherwell will tempt some at 6-1 with bet365 while the draw is 15-4 at Marathonbet.
Again best bet could be both to score at 8-11 with Betway while Rangers & btts is 2-1 with McBookie.
Pena is 11-4 at Marathonbet to strike at any time after hitting three in two games and 9-1 to strike first.
Fir Park star Louis Moult is 5-1 to break the deadlock and 2-1 to score.
It’s Motherwell’s first appearance at Hampden since 2011 and it will be many players first appearance in a national semi-final.
That could be a problem but if they don’t freeze they could match Gers all the way and are 9-5 at bet365 not to lose in 90 minutes.
In the Premiership Dundee could pile on the misery for Partick Thistle who are still winless after losing at home to Kilmarnock.
The Dens men played well in losing just 1-0 at Celtic and are 11-5 at Paddy Power.
Hearts v St Johnstone has been 2-2 in the last meetings at Tynecastle but this one is at Murrayfield.
Another 2-2 pays 16-1 at William Hill while both to score pays 4-5 at Ladbrokes.
There are some tight looking games in the Championship including Dundee Utd v Inverness and Falkirk v St Mirren.
Dunfermline have gone off the boil a bit and face a Livingston side who beat Dundee Utd last week. Consider Livi draw no bet at 31-20 with Marathonbet.
League One looks the place for goals with Albion Rovers v Queen’s Park, Arbroath v Airdrie and Forfar v Ayr all promising.
Ayr are 8-13 to win at Station Park where four of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.
Peterhead hit nine against Colville Park in the Scottish Cup last week with Rory McAllister bagging five. They are 24-23 with Marathonbet to win at Clyde.
- Hibs v Celtic btts
- Rangers & btts
- Hearts v St Johnstone btts
- Livingston draw no bet
- Ayr & over 2.5 goals