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Hoops to hammer Dundee again? Get Scottish Premiership tips for March 16-17

Leigh Copson 13 Mar 2019
Ryan Christie of Celtic (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Scottish Premiership predictions for the weekend of March 16-17. Will Celtic take a step closer to another Scottish title, and will Rangers get the better of Kilmarnock in what is becoming an increasingly heated rivalry? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Rangers v Kilmarnock (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Rangers’ season all but fizzled out in midweek with a pathetic Scottish Cup showing that ended their chances of lifting silverware. They gifted an early goal to Aberdeen in their quarter-final replay and never really looked like turning it around before the Dons wrapped things up with a second-half strike. Afterwards Steven Gerrard offered no excuses for his side’s pitiful showing and he will be demanding a response from them when they entertain Kilmarnock on Saturday. But can we really expect him to get one? The Gers did thrash Killie 5-0 in a cup reply a couple of weeks ago, as part of a sensational streak that saw them win three straight games by a combined score of 14-0, but overall their form for the past month or so has been miserable with just three wins coming in their last seven games in all competitions. They were poor at Aberdeen in the initial cup tie and failed to turn dominance into goals as they were held to a draw at Hibernian, and their winless run now stands at three games as they get set to face a team that has caused them problems. Kilmarnock have been to Ibrox and left with a point already this season, and they have also held Rangers and beaten them at Rugby Park to show that they are more than capable of taking something off Gerrard’s side. Would I be surprised to see them collect a point or three here? No. But then again, I would not be remotely shocked to see Rangers get the job done. That makes this a difficult match to predict and that is why I am simply backing the game to feature Under 2.5 Total Goals. Kilmarnock will sit back and try to catch Rangers on the break, while the home side will huff and puff but struggle to create and take chances – a familiar scene in recent games. As long as Killie do not lose a player to an early red card like they did the last time they visited Ibrox, this should be a close one with goals at a premium.  

St Johnstone v St Mirren (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

St Mirren remain rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table, but they have given themselves a lifeline in recent weeks. Oran Kearney’s side fell to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock on Monday night, but prior to that they had followed up very creditable draws at Aberdeen and Hearts with an important home win over Livingston, and that has put them four points from safety and one off the relegation play-off place heading into this weekend. Dundee’s meeting with Celtic this weekend means St Mirren have an excellent chance to climb off the bottom, but to do it they are going to need a positive result at St Johnstone. A few months ago that would have looked unlikely, but the hosts are in absolutely woeful form right now having gone eight games without a win in all competitions, losing seven of them, so they really are there for the taking. Could the hosts stop the rot here? Of course. But there may not be a better time to take a punt on St Mirren, especially with Draw No Bet offering a spot of insurance. The visitors have taken something from each of their last two away games while the hosts have lost four straight at home.

Dundee v Celtic (Sunday 12:30 GMT)

Celtic missed out on the opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the table to 10 points last weekend, but the goalless draw at home to Aberdeen was more than enough to maintain their commanding lead over Rangers. Title race appears to be all but over now, due to Rangers’ knack for tripping up when they put themselves in a good position, and Celtic will be expected to take another stride towards the prize when they visit Dundee on Sunday. While the Hoops are flying high despite the departure of Brendan Rodgers, Dundee are fighting just to stay in the top flight. They are three points from safety and only one clear of rock-bottom St Mirren at this time, so they know that a negative result on Sunday could well leave them propping up the rest of the Premiership. They will be desperate to ensure that does not happen, but does anybody really expect them to take a point or three from this meeting with Celtic? Dundee were walloped 5-0 when they hosted the Glasgow giants last October and fell to a 3-0 defeat when they visited Celtic Park a couple of months later, so backing the Hoops to overcome a two-goal handicap is a very tempting bet here.

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