The Scottish Cup quarter-finals are down for decision on Saturday and Sunday, assuming the bitter cold snap doesn’t lay claim to the fixture list.
All three Scottish Premiership matches on Wednesday evening were victims of the weather, so it remains a case of wait and see this weekend amid the ongoing wrath of the ‘beast from the east’.
Whenever the games are played, it might be that the top three teams in Scotland are joined by Hearts in securing last-four berths.
Craig Levein’s side are facing a tough trip to Motherwell in the quarters on Saturday but Hearts have had plenty purpose about them in the cup this season.
Having earned a battling success against Edinburgh rivals Hibs in their opening game, the Jambos made short work of St Johnstone in the previous round, coming through with a 3-0 Tynecastle success.
They go on the road to Fir Park and are 17/10 to win in 90 minutes. Hearts have won two of their previous three at the Lanarkshire ground, while they’ve managed four wins and lost just once in six games against the Steelmen.
Levein’s team have shown on more than one occasion this season they are a strong force in top gear. They can edge out Motherwell in Sunday’s early kick-off.
The action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime when Greenock Morton make the thankless task to Parkhead to face Celtic. The Hoops are 1/150 to come through and, in reality, an upset is nigh-on impossible to see.
Later on Saturday comes the game of the round, potentially, as Aberdeen entertain Kilmarnock at Pittodrie.
Steve Clarke has made quite the job on Killie and they’ll be right up for this task. While the manager’s effect is there to be seen by all, his side have already suffered home and away 3-1 defeats against the Dons since Clarke arrived in October.
Aberdeen have now won 15 of their last 16 matches against Kilmarnock in all competitions, a worrying statistic. They’ve score 18 times in six games against Saturday’s opponents and are firm favourites at 20/29 to come through.
The last of the quarter-finals is on Sunday afternoon at Ibrox where free-scoring Rangers entertain Falkirk.
The Bairns are eighth in the Championship standings and will be doing well to contain Graeme Murty’s team here. Rangers have banged in 17 goals in four games recently and should justify odds of 4/25 to win.
Backing Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts to make the semi-finals pays out around 6/4 and is a fair call going in the weekend’s action as punters look to stay warm with some profit.
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