JIM GOODWIN heads for Aberdeen – but the St Mirren stars he leaves behind can secure an away win for Livingston.
The Saints sandwiched the League Cup and Premiership draws against the Lions with a 1-0 win at the Tony Macaroni in October.
And their league and cup form has been immense since their goalless draw with Celtic before Christmas.
The Paisley side are unbeaten in seven games since a valiant 2-0 loss to Rangers on Boxing Day and they added a Scottish Cup quarter-final at Hearts to their current sixth place in the Premiership.
Straight league wins over Hibs and St Johnstone were followed by a superb dismantling of Kelty last week and confidence appears to be high with Greg Kiltie on fire and Joe Shaughnessy and Charles Dunne at the back.
Livingston took Hearts all the way to the end of the cup last weekend and remain an underrated side under Davie Martindale, but the arrival of Jordan Jones has helped the Saints restart and 11/5 and better look like a terrific value.
HIBERNIAN was in hiding for nothing against Championship leaders Arbroath in the Cup last week, but I watched on TV as they showed their class coming from within a goal to win 3-1.
This result should be just the boost Shaun Maloney’s side need to get their Premiership campaign back on track and I really fancy them taking the 3 points against Ross County at Easter Road today. today.
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Visitors Malky Mackay are well clear of the bottom two with their 4 game unbeaten streak including draws with Aberdeen and Rangers, but the Hibs players seemed to have proven themselves something at Gayfield and 4./5 and better the bet today.
I’m not sure what to make of Hearts after their last 3 performances and St JOHNSTONE showed enough against Aberdeen midweek to think they’re way too big at 16/5 and better today.
Hearts haven’t won a league game at Perth since 2010 and as long as the two clubs haven’t always been in the same division it’s a bad record for Jambos who I think could continue this after -midday.
Everton at 23/20 and Newcastle at 17/10 gave us a 100 per cent Premier League record last weekend and as well as betting on Manchester City tonight I’m backing SOUTHAMPTON to stop Everton’s revival at St Mary’s today.
Saints have been superb since losing 3-1 to Wolves last month and draws with the two Manchester clubs ended a 3-2 win over Spurs that followed an FA Cup win over Coventry to earn a 5th round draw at home to West Ham.
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side have lost just once at home all season, with the Toffees only succeeding once on the road in August and Saints looking a great bet at 21/20 with Che Adams scoring in last 2 games.
Second-best Bournemouth faced Nottingham Forest in the Championship last night, but this result will not affect the position BLACKBURN will occupy tonight after their home game against MIllwall.
Tony Mowbray’s side can register a first win in 5 games at 19/20 to stay third in the table while Alex Neil’s SUNDERLAND can get all 3 points at home against MK Dons in League 2 at 11/10.
Back in Scotland, KILMARNOCK can build on last week’s win over Dunfermline to beat Raith Rovers 5/6 with ARBROATH expected to bounce back from their Cup loss to Hibs by winning at Queen Of The South without a manager at 19/20.
ST MIRREN haven’t lost to Livingston in 3 games this season and Saints can take 2 wins at the Tony Macaroni this season by winning again today at 11/5.
ACCA of the weekend
St Mirren 11/5, Hibs 4/5, Motherwell 11/5, Southampton 21/20, Manchester City 2/7
Only 3 winners in the top 5 last week but we leave with 4 home and 1 away and a paying acca at 47/1 at the prices quoted above.
CELTIC V DUNDEE
Mark McGhee will be in the stand for his first game in charge of the Dark Blues and the bet says he is hoping for damage limitation with Dundee available until 25/1.
Celtic are a better price 2/15 despite Thursday’s mayhem by Bodo Glimt, but I think I found some value in backing the Celtic defense to get them tighter by tomorrow.
I boosted 1/12 last week to beat Raith Rovers to 4/11 backing Hoops to lead at half and full time and tomorrow’s bet must be worth 4/6 on Celtic’s win over NIL.
Dundee had found their way to goal against Hearts and Peterhead before James McPake was sacked, but Celtic are set to overtake them tomorrow and can win unconcerned.
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DUNDEE UTD V RANGERS
Rangers picked up a magnificent win at Dortmund but I’d back the Germans to score at Ibrox next week and the abolition of the away goals rule means it’s just 2-0 at half-time .
Gio Van Bronckhorst will have that in mind with his squad selection tomorrow and I’ve thought all week that United might be imagining their chances of taking a point with the champions caught between two stools.
United are 10/1 with Paddy Power and Coral to repeat their league win over Rangers in August and many thought they were unlucky not to take a point at Ibrox in December.
Rangers are the best-rated 3/10 to win and reclaim top spot before Celtic play, but the draw looks attractive at 4/1 and United can extend their unbeaten streak to 5 games.
MOTHERWELL V ABERDEEN
I tipped Motherwell to beat Aberdeen in the Cup at 7/4 here last week and I’m sticking with the victorious Steelmen today at an even better price of 11/5.
Stephen Glass was sacked after that 1-0 defeat at Lanarkshire and the Dons were praised for drawing 1-1 at home to St Johnstone on Tuesday in their first game since.
Remember Motherwell were beating the Dons for the third time this season and despite all the nods knowing everything was fine at Pittodrie, I still can’t understand why the visitors are 7/5 favorites today.
Hope I’m wrong for the sake of Dons fans but Motherwell is looking at value again today and Graham Alexander can oversee another win despite starting a 2 game sideline ban.
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