Scottish Premiership Wednesday Preview

We preview the midweek round of Scottish Premiership fixtures, including a crunch match at the top of the league and vital games at the bottom.
Football Whispers  |  2nd February 2019

Games are coming thick and fast throughout Europe and Scotland is no different, with a full midweek slate of Premiership fixtures.

There’s a crunch match at the top and games that sides towards the bottom of the league will see as winnable.

We’ve picked out what you need to know about the most interesting games from this Wednesday evening’s matches.

Aberdeen vs Rangers

Third takes on second in this crunch match of the midweek run of games. Rangers are coming off a 4-0 win against St. Mirren which saw four penalties, all for Steven Gerrard’s side, three of which were converted.

Safe to say, there’s some discussion about whether all of the decisions were correct. Gerrard, for his part, insists his team should have had another one as well.

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Aberdeen had a more hard-fought victory against midtable Hibernian on Saturday, winning 2-1.

Derek McInnes team have beaten Rangers in both of their previous league meetings this season, 1-0 on each occasion. In the last meeting, back in early December, both sides ended the match with ten men.

If Aberdeen win, they will leapfrog Rangers into second, and, with Celtic currently six points ahead of Gerrard’s side, neither team can afford losing ground to Brendan Rodgers’ men. This is sure to be another tightly fought match.

Aberdeen vs Rangers match odds

Celtic vs Hibernian

Celtic haven’t dropped a point or even conceded a goal in 2019 so far, winning five games on the bounce in all competitions by an aggregate of 14-0.

Hibs, meanwhile, have been going through a much more turbulent time.

Neil Lennon was suspended as manager towards the end of January after a confrontation with staff members and reports of a player revolt. He officially left the post last Wednesday.

Hibernian got their first league win in six in the first match in Lennon’s absence, beating St. Mirren at the end of January, but lot against Aberdeen last weekend.

Caretaker manager Eddie May will be in charge again for the trip to Celtic Park, as the search for a new manager could take another couple of weeks.

Celtic vs Hibernian match odds

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Hamilton Academical vs St. Johnstone, St. Mirren vs Motherwell

These two matches need to be grouped together.

Hamilton and St. Mirren are two of the bottom three teams in the league, and both play at home against sides they might see as beatable.

St. Johnstone are sixth and Motherwell ninth, although their points tallies (37 and 30) are more than double the sides they’re facing (15 and 12). Still, points need to be picked up somewhere in the relegation battle, and a home tie against a team outside of the very top sides is an opportunity.

Hamilton might be emboldened by the fact that St. Johnstone have lost three in a row, although two of those were back-to-back games against Celtic.

Hamilton vs St. Johnstone match odds

Slightly more daunting for bottom side St. Mirren is that Motherwell are on a run of four wins in a row in the league, although the Saints beat Steve Robinson’s side the last time these teams met.

Hamilton and St. Mirren have fewer wins at home put together than either St. Johnstone or Motherwell have individually, though.

St. Mirren vs Motherwell match odds

 

Dundee vs Kilmarnock

While Dundee’s relegation rivals welcome beatable opposition, Jim McIntyre’s men face a team in Kilmarnock who are a point off third and beat Rangers in January.

Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock have also beaten Dundee in each of the two league meetings this season, putting together an aggregate tally of 5-2 in 2018/19.

The Dee have only picked up six points at home, fewer than their away points tally, which doesn’t bode well. However, their most recent victory was a surprise away win to Hearts, who are only three points behind Killie. Perhaps they can pull off another unexpected win for their second home victory of the season.

Dundee vs Kilmarnock match odds

 

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