Scottish Premiership Outrights Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds
The new Scottish Premiership season is almost upon us, and after correctly predicting the champions and the winners without Celtic last season we’re looking for another set of correct pre-season predictions this year. Celtic will be going for their 7th consecutive Scottish Premiership title after going unbeaten last season, and it looks unlikely that anybody can stop them. The real battle will be for 2nd place as Rangers look to improve on a rather disappointing and tumultuous return to the top flight.
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Scottish Premiership Winners Prediction
Celtic fans are used to seeing their side dominate in Scotland, but last season was something else. An unbeaten domestic campaign brought them a clean sweep of trophies. That – twinned with a decent European campaign – gave Brendan Rodgers a brilliant first season at the club. Can he follow it up this term, and bring even more silverware to Celtic Park?
Given that his side are 1/20 with bet365 to win the Premiership, it’s hard to back against Celtic. The return of Rangers brought some value to this market last season, but the Gers aren’t credible challengers to the reigning champions. Their Europa League exit to Progres Niederkorn only proves that further.
The reigning champions are on for a seventh straight title, and we can’t see anyone stopping them. Their odds reflect just how dominant they are domestically, with no side near them having the quality needed to launch a real push for the title.
Scottish Premiership Winners Prediction (without Celtic)
Celtic’s revenue from the Champions League will keep them clear of the chasing pack, as will having the best manager in the division. Picking a winner of this league isn’t that difficult or rewarding. But just who will finish up behind Celtic in May? For us, that’s the best way to find value on next season’s Premiership campaign.
Rangers are favourites in the Without Celtic market, despite putting in two poor European displays. They’ve been busy in the summer with new faces coming through the doors at Ibrox, but will that really be enough to see them leapfrog Aberdeen? After all, the Dons have finished second for three straight seasons, staying in the top two even with Rangers back in the top flight.
Aberdeen showed that they were improving last term, as they reached both domestic finals. That meant they finished as runners-up to Celtic across the board. While the Dons lost captain Ryan Jack to Rangers, they managed to retain the services of talented winger Ryan Christie, who has re-joined the club on loan from Celtic.
Having added Nicky Maynard and Greg Stewart up front, the Dons have bolstered their options in attack. They’ve also added Greg Tansey in defence, a man who scored 15 times for Inverness from the back in the last two seasons. Scotland international Gary Mackay-Steven has moved to Pittodrie as well, so they should be in pole position to beat Rangers to second place.
We’re backing Aberdeen to finish second for the fourth season in a row. They’re priced at with bet365 to be the highest placed team apart from Celtic this term.
To Finish Bottom of Scottish Premiership Prediction
The Premiership has one of Scotland’s biggest clubs back in the division, after Neil Lennon led Hibernian to the Championship title. That should cause a stir for the sides at the bottom, as the newly promoted team are fourth favourites to win the league.
If the bookies are right, then one of last season’s strugglers are set to go down. Inverness bit the bullet last term, while Hamilton needed the play-offs to stay in the top flight after finishing 11th. The Accies could struggle again, with the relegation battle likely to be tightly fought contest.
The last five seasons have seen just one promoted team sent straight back down. It last happened in 2013, when Dundee were the second club promoted after Rangers were sent to the third tier. Dundee weren’t ready for the top flight then, but they made the top six on their return two seasons later.
With promoted teams surviving, we should be able to get a good value pick for relegation this term. An established side has dropped down for the last four seasons, and they usually struggle the season before going down. Apart from Dundee United’s collapse in 2016, when they went from 5th to bottom, the relegated team has finished inside the bottom six in the previous season.
Inverness went from seventh to bottom last season, but they were ninth before the league split. They jumped up the table by claiming wins over fellow strugglers, but there were signs of problems at the club long before they went down.
That leaves a select few sides in line for the drop this time around. Ross County catch the eye, after their seventh placed finish last term. They added almost 25% of their total goals in their last five games, which came against other strugglers. Having averaged just over a goal per game before the league split, they have to be contenders for the drop.
To make matters worse, County have now lost top scorer Liam Boyce, who hit 23 of their 48 Premiership goals last term. They’re trying to replace him with Thomas Mikkelsen, who hit seven goals in 14 games for Dundee United in the Championship last term. That’s not going to be enough to stave off relegation, so we see them dropping down to the second tier.
Scottish Premiership Top Goalscorer Prediction
Last season’s winner has moved south to play in the Championship with Burton, so who will take this season’s Golden Boot? Boyce was followed by three Celtic players last season, and we see that being the case again next season.
It’s tempting to back lethal marksman Moussa Dembele, who hit 17 goals in 20 starts for Celtic last term. Despite having a £40million price tag slapped on him by his club, he wasn’t their top scorer. Scott Sinclair was a revelation, hitting 21 goals in 30 starts for the Bhoys. The former Aston Villa man hit 20 in his first 27 starts, but his limited role in the last few games stopped him from being named top scorer.
We think it’s worth backing Sinclair to take the golden boot this season, especially now that he’s more settled in at the club, picking up Champions League experience. There’s also the possibility of Dembele’s departure, which would force the former Chelsea and Man City man in to a key forward role.
We’re backing him to build on a great debut year in Scottish football and take the top scorer crown in May. That would be quite a turnaround after missing half of Aston Villa’s games as they finished bottom of the Premier League in 2016. Priced at Sinclair seems worth backing to take the Golden Boot this season.
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Source: Football News