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Accies worth chancing in Saints clash

Accies worth chancing in Saints clash


Hamilton Academicals have perked up recently in the Scottish Premiership and victory this weekend could see them as high as sixth, so they are worth backing to get the better of St Johnstone on Saturday.

The Accies sit alongside Celtic as the only side without a defeat in their previous six games, though their tally of four draws in that run will be a point of minor frustration for boss Martin Canning.

Despite that tendency to share the spoils, Canning will take solace from the fact his side have squared off most recently with Aberdeen, Rangers, Hibs and Hearts – all of whom occupy top-six berths going into this weekend.

Hamilton are 17/10 to win on Saturday and they look a more than fair price against a Saints side that still has its troubles in front of goal.

Three goals from their previous six outings is a paltry tally and St Johnstone have returned pointless from four of their previous five away days.

Granted, Accies’ form at New Douglas Park is less than inspiring – just one win from eight – but their overall trajectory in recent weeks suggests they are up to improving on that now and it has already proved profitable this season to follow the form teams in the Scottish Premiership when they are going well so they get the nod here.

The action in Scotland gets underway on Friday night when Aberdeen head to Dens Park to face Dundee.

The Dons have been in superb form on the road this season with five wins from eight games, but their abject efforts in last week’s double-header with Rangers must rank as a concern. The uncertainty over manager Derek McInnes’ future appears to have got into the Aberdeen bubble for now.

Dundee have lost seven times on the spin against Aberdeen but they come into this game having recorded back-to-back wins, including a victory over Rangers at Dens last time out. A share of the spoils is appealing in this one at 11/4.

Rangers should be bubbling with confidence after their wins over Aberdeen and they can supplement those gains by taking care of Ross County at Ibrox. County have been stubborn opposition for the Light Blues lately with three draws, including their previous two visits to Govan, since Rangers returned to the top table.

Owen Coyle’s team has now gone three games without a goal and that is worrying if Rangers can deliver the sort of form that saw them triumph 3-0 against Aberdeen last midweek on home soil. A repeat performance should see them home with something to spare, and Rangers -1 is the call at 1/1 in this one.

On Sunday, Celtic go to Easter Road for the first time in almost four years, with the Hoops now unbeaten in 67 domestic games.

Former boss Neil Lennon has done his utmost to make life tough in two clashes already this season. Those games have produced 10 goals, with Hibs scoring four times.

Both teams to score is 5/6 in this one and that should reward punters for what promises to be a decent offering on Sunday lunchtime from Leith.

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Enda McElhinney Our racing expert, Enda studies cards in both England and Ireland on a daily basis and knows all the details you need to know when trying to select a winner. He is also a regular football writer and has strong knowledge of the Scottish game, with golf another specialised sport on his CV.