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Scottish Premiership predictions & betting tips: Best bets for Saturday’s games in Scotland’s top tier

Leigh Copson 16 Apr 2018

Scottish Premiership predictions for this Saturday’s games. Will Celtic move another step closer to a domestic treble and can Aberdeen bounce back from their Scottish Cup disappointment to keep the heat on Rangers in the race for second place? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Hibernian v Celtic (12:30 BST)


Celtic strolled into the Scottish Cup Final by humiliating Rangers once again this past weekend, and now they are only a handful of points and just one Hampden Park win away from making history by becoming the first team to complete back-to-back domestic trebles in Scotland. They will look to move a step closer to the league crown when they visit Hibernian on Saturday, and although the visitors have made life difficult for Brendan Rodgers’s side this season, it is hard to bet against Celtic leaving Easter Road with three points. This could be a high-scoring game though – only one of the previous four meetings between the two clubs this season has produced less than four goals!

Dundee v St Johnstone (15:00 BST)


Dundee’s winless run reached six games when they were thrashed 4-0 by Rangers a fortnight ago, and Neil McCann’s relegation-threatened side have now won only one of their last nine games in the top flight, losing six of them. They desperately need three points on Saturday afternoon, but the visitors will arrive at Dens Park in confident mood following some good results recently. They were thrashed 4-1 by Aberdeen at the end of March, but that is their sole defeat in their last five Premiership games and did they did hammer Dundee when they visited this stadium just over a month ago. Therefore I have to recommend backing the visitors to leave with the spoils once again.

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen (15:00 BST)


Aberdeen are facing another season without silverware following Saturday’s defeat to Motherwell in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The fact they lost was not a huge shock – they had already lost to Well twice this season – but the fact the match ended 3-0 was a surprise. The Dons have now suffered back-to-back defeats in all competitions, without scoring, and they simply must lift themselves quickly because they remain locked in a battle for second place with Rangers. However, they could not have asked for a much tougher fixture this weekend. Red-hot Kilmarnock have now won six straight games in the Premiership to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games, and while they were beaten by the Dons at Pittodrie in late January, I fancy Steve Clarke’s team to claim all three points in this latest meeting.

Partick Thistle v Hamilton Academical (15:00 BST)


Partick Thistle remain rock-bottom in the Premiership and if they want to haul themselves out of the bottom two and preserve their top-flight status they simply have to start winning – now. If not, the best they can hope for is a second shot at survival courtesy of the relegation/promotion play-off, but when you look at the form the Jags are in it hardly looks promising. Thistle’s losing run hit four games with the defeat to Kilmarnock a fortnight ago and they have now taken just two points from their last nine league games. They have also failed to score in each of their last five outings. There is good news for this weekend though, because they are facing a Hamilton Academical side that have lost five straight and were beaten at Fir Hill earlier this season, so I am going to bite the bullet and back the home side for a much-needed win.

Ross County v Motherwell (15:00 BST)


Motherwell halted a five-game winless run in all competitions as they swept aside Aberdeen, 3-0, in Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-finals, and they will now look to follow that up with a return to winning ways in the league as they attempt to build up some steam ahead of next month’s cup final clash with Celtic. Next up for Stephen Robinson’s side is a trip to face a Ross County side who have enjoyed some improved home form recently, going four games without defeat at Dingwall, so it will not be an easy outing for them. They were beaten 3-2 here last November, so perhaps the best result they can hope for on Saturday afternoon is a share of the points.


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