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Gerrard’s Gers to bounce back? Get our best Scottish Premiership bets for this weekend

Leigh Copson 7 Dec 2018
Steven Gerrard (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Scottish Premiership predictions for the weekend of December 8/9. Can Celtic return to the summit by beating current league leaders Kilmarnock, and will Rangers bounce back from the miserable midweek defeat at home to Aberdeen? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Celtic v Kilmarnock (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Celtic missed out on the opportunity to make an immediate return to the top of the Scottish Premiership in midweek. The Hoops appeared to be on their way to victory at Motherwell when Ryan Christie opened the scoring on 13 minutes, but Leigh Griffiths wasted an opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot and they were punished two minutes from time when Danny Johnson snatched a share of the spoils for Well. It was a disappointing end to the game for Brendan Rodgers’ side and they will be eager to bounce back at the first attempt. If they do they will end the weekend top of the table.

Celtic will welcome current league leaders Kilmarnock to Glasgow on Saturday afternoon and the visitors arrive in good form having taken 10 points from their last four games without conceding a goal. They also arrive with a good recent track record against Celtic having now gone four games without loss against the champions – a run that includes a 2-1 win over the Hoops earlier this season and back-to-back draws at Celtic Park.

However, it does not feel wise to go against Rodgers’ men, who boast a perfect record at home in the league this season with six wins from six games. Therefore I am backing Celtic here, but do not be surprised if this is a close, low-scoring affair. Killie have one of the best defensive records in the top tier and only one of their last five meetings with Celtic have seen three goals or more.

Livingston v St Mirren (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Livingston were unable to build on the 2-0 win over Motherwell in midweek, losing 2-0 at new league leaders Kilmarnock, and that means they have now won just one of their last six matches in the Scottish Premiership.

Nobody at the Tony Macaroni Arena will be panicking too much, but they will be eager to get back to winning ways this weekend and the good news for Livi is that their latest outing comes at home. Why is that good news, you may ask? Well, Grant Holt’s side boast one of the best home records in the nation with five wins and just one defeat coming in eight games, and if front of their own supporters they have conceded two goals while beating Rangers and drawing with Celtic. Simply put, Livi have turned the Tony Macaroni Arena into a fortress this season.

For that reason I have to back them to get the better of St Mirren on Saturday. The visitors have enjoyed some improved form in recent weeks to win one and draw two of their last four games, but they boast a pathetic away record that has seen them pick up just two points from a possible 21 while being out-scored 18-5 by the opposition. That does not bode well for a meeting with a Livingston side that have been racking up points and clean sheets at home this season, so I recommend backing the hosts to win to nil on Saturday afternoon.

Dundee v Rangers (Sunday 13:30 GMT)

Rangers were celebrating at the end of last weekend after a 2-1 win at Hearts sent them top of the table for the first time in quite some time, but they were brought crashing back down to Earth in midweek as a poor performance at home to Aberdeen resulted in a 1-0 defeat that quickly knocked them off the summit. Manager Steven Gerrard will be demanding a response here, but will he get it?

This is a probably an ideal fixture for the Gers to have right now despite the fact that their away form has been underwhelming this season. Dundee thrashed Hamilton Academical 4-0 in midweek to build on the back-to-back draws with St Mirren and Hibernian, but they are propping up the rest of the top flight heading into Sunday’s game and they do have a woeful home record with just one win, four points and seven goals coming in eight outings at Dens Park.

So while Rangers are hardly flying away from home and will be without Alfredo Morelos through suspension, I do expect them to find a way through here in order to return to Glasgow with all three points in the bag. It is unlikely to be a goalfest though. Rangers may have romped to a 4-0 win over Dundee at Ibrox this season, but the absence of Morelos really does hurt their attacking threat and they have been averaging less than two goals per game away from home in the Premiership so far this season. If they are to win here, it is probably going to be a bit of a grind for them.

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