Aberdeen will relish facing St Mirren on Saturday, Hearts may struggle to get three points at Livingston on Friday night, while Edinburgh rivals Hibs should give league leaders Celtic a run for their month at Easter Road on Sunday.
Livingston v Hearts to draw and under 2.5 goals @ 27/10
Hearts’ blistering early-season form has long since subsided. From Premiership pacesetter they’ve now slipped down to fourth spot and last week’s slender win over Motherwell is their only success in six games.
They head to Almondvale on Friday night for another tricky assignment, with Livingston just five points behind them in the table.
The home side have a mean defence, with just 16 goals conceded all season. Take into account that eight of those goals were shipped in recent tests against in-form Rangers, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen, and it’s fair to say Livi had been solid before that.
Hearts haven’t been banging in goals for fun, either, with just four in their last six. This should be tight and might end in a low-scoring stalemate.
Aberdeen to beat St Mirren and over 2.5 goals @ 39/20
St Mirren won’t like seeing the Dons roll into Paisley on Saturday afternoon. Derek McInnes’ team have scored 19 goals in their last six games against this opposition.
Aberdeen have scored four in the last three renewals and come into this game after putting three past the aforementioned miserly Livingston defence in midweek.
It has been a Jekyll and Hyde season for Aberdeen, mixing the fine with the frustrating, but this a game in which they should shine.
The Dons have been winning at both half-time and full-time in their last five matches against St Mirren in all competitions, while they are unbeaten in 17 renewals.
The goals may flow on Saturday and McInnes’ side can leave with three points that will draw them to within clawing distance of the top three.
Hibs v Celtic over 3.5 goals @ 2/1
Celtic have at times proved vulnerable on the back of European games this season. Taking in their qualifiers, they’ve played 10 domestic games on the back of continental action. There have been seven wins, two defeats and a draw.
In that run they’ve had no problems lifting themselves for a Glasgow derby with Rangers and vital League Cup ties against Hearts and Aberdeen, but the guard has slipped in trips to Kilmarnock, Livingston and Hearts in the league.
Easter Road, therefore, is the sort of place where Celtic might find it tough going after Thursday’s game against Salzburg.
The last six meetings between these teams have produced an average of four goals per game. In that run, Hibs have scored twice in all bar one of the games.
Neil Lennon’s side have floundered recently although they’ll likely raise their performance levels to face the champions on home soil.
It’s a tough one to call and the safe option is to stick with recent trends and back goals on Sunday.
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