Jim Delahunt’s verdict on Celtic v Dundee, United v Rangers and other Premier League fixtures and over the weekend

JIM GOODWIN heads to Aberdeen, but the St Mirren stars he leaves behind could secure an away win against Livingston.

The Saints drew in the League Cup and Premier League with the Lions, winning 1-0 at Tony Macaroni in October.

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Jim Goodwin

And their league and cup form has been amazing since their goalless draw against Celtic before Christmas.

Paisley’s side are seven games unbeaten since a valiant 2-0 defeat to Rangers on Boxing Day, adding to their current sixth place finish in the Premier League with a Scottish Cup quarter-final at Hearts.

Back-to-back wins over Hibbs and St. Johnstone in the championship were followed by a superb win over Kelty last week and confidence looks high with Greg Kielty on fire and Joe Shaughnessy and Charles Dunn rocking from behind.

Livingston beat the Hearts in the cup last weekend and remain an underrated team under Davy Martindale, but the arrival of Jordan Jones has helped the Saints regain momentum and 11/5 and better look amazing.

Last week HIBERNIAN was in no way inferior to championship leader Arbroath in the Cup, but I watched on TV how they showed their class by recovering a missed goal and winning 3-1.

This result should just be the boost Sean Maloney’s team needs to get their premier league campaign back and I really want them to get all 3 points tonight against Ross County at Easter Road.

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Malky McKay’s guests have outperformed the bottom two well with their 4-match unbeaten streak, including draws with Aberdeen and Rangers, but Hibs’ players looked like they’d proven something to themselves at Gayfield and 4./5, and the bet looks better today.

I’m not sure what to do with Hearts after their last 3 shows and St Johnstone showed enough against Aberdeen in the middle of the week to think they are too big at 16/5 and better today.

The Hearts haven’t won a league game in Perth since 2010 and despite the fact that the two clubs haven’t always been in the same division it’s a bad result for Jumbo that I think could continue this afternoon .

Everton 23/20 and Newcastle 17/10 gave us a 100% Premier League record last weekend and in addition to betting on Manchester City today, I support Southampton to stop Everton’s resurgence at St Mary’s today.

The Saints have performed admirably since losing 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wolverhampton last month, with draws against both Manchester clubs culminating in a 3-2 win over Spurs following an FA Cup win over Coventry, which earned a draw in the 5th round at home with West Ham.

Ralph Hassenhuttl’s team has only lost once at home all season and the Toffees have only been successful once away in August and the Saints look like a great bet with a 21/20 record with Che Adams scoring in the last two games.

Second-placed Bournemouth took on Nottingham Forest in the league last night, but that result won’t affect where BLACKBURN are placed tonight after their home game against Millwall.

Jim Delahunt

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Jim Delahunt

Tony Mowbray’s team can take their first win in 5 games with a score of 19/20 and remain third in the table, while Alex Neil’s team can get all 3 points at home by beating MK Dons in League Two with a score of 11/10.

Back in Scotland, KILMARNOCK could build on last week’s win over Dunfermline to beat Raith Rovers 5/6 and ARBRROATH are looking to bounce back from their Cup defeat to Hibs with a 19/20 win over Queen Of The South without a manager.

Saturday SINGLE

Mirren have not lost to Livingston in 3 games this season, and the Saints can take 2 wins at Tony Macaroni this season with a 11/5 win again today.

weekend ACCA

St Mirren 11/5, Hibs 4/5, Motherwell 11/5, Southampton 21/20, Manchester City 2/7

Only 3 top 5 winners last week but we go again with 4 home and 1 away and the acca pays out at 47/1 at the prices above.

Celtic in Dundee

Mark McGee will be in the stands in his first game for the Navy and the bet says he’ll be hoping for a damage cap with Dundee available until 25/1.

Celtic have a better price of 2/15 despite Bodo Glimt’s loss on Thursday, but I believe I have found some value by supporting a Celtic defense that has tightened up by tomorrow.

I went 1/12 last week to beat Raith Rovers to 4/11 backing Hoopes to lead at half time and full lineup and tomorrow should be 4/6 Celtic to win this game to zero.

Dundee managed to score against Hearts and Peterhead even before James McPake was sacked, but Celtic have to get past them tomorrow and could win without conceding.

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Dundee Utd v REGERS

Rangers had a great win at Dortmund but I would support the Germans to score at Ibrox next week and the away goals rule being abolished means it will only be 2-0 at half-time.

Gio Van Bronkhorst will have that in mind in tomorrow’s team selection and I’ve been thinking all week that United can count on their chances of scoring a point when the champions are stuck between two chairs.

United 10/1 with Paddy Power and Coral to repeat their league win over Rangers back in August and many thought they were unlucky not to score at Ibrox in December.

Rangers is the best 3/10 odds to win and top again ahead of Celtic’s game, but a draw looks attractive at 4/1 and United could extend their unbeaten streak to 5 games.

MOTHERVELL W. ABERDEEN

Last week I advised Motherwell to beat Aberdeen in the Cup 7/4, and today I am left with the winning Stillman at an even better 11/5.

Stephen Glass was sacked after a 1-0 defeat in Lanarkshire and the Dons were lauded for a 1-1 draw at home to St Johnstone on Tuesday in their first game since.

Remember that Motherwell beat the Dons for the third time this season, and despite all the winks about everything being rosy at Pittodrie now, I still can’t figure out why the visitors are 7/5 favorites today.

I hope I’m wrong for the fans of Don, but Motherwell look good again tonight and Graham Alexander could get another win despite starting a 2-match ban at the touchline.

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