Inverness are the from team in the SPL at the moment with four wins from the last five league games and unbeaten in nine in all competitions. What makes the run even more astonishing is the fact that Terry Butcher’s men went seven games without a win in the league until they broke their duck against Dundee United at the end of September. Sandwiched in between their last two SPL matches was a thoroughly convincing 3-0 success in the League Cup at Ibrox against Rangers. It’s testament to the job that Butcher has done and even more remarkable when you consider the players they have lost over the summer. As ever, ICT’s home form has been impressive as teams find it difficult to win up in the Highlands. Celtic are the only side to have beaten Caley on their home ground this season.
Hearts are in a perilous condition off the park with reports emanating from Tynecastle this week that Saturday’s match could well be their last. Just as Rangers were last season, the capital club are in dire financial difficulties and have asked supporters to see them through this difficult time. Their future will be determined soon but the management and players must focus on the job at hand. That will be easier said than done but they’re none too clever on the park either at the moment. A second loss of the season to bottom dogs Dundee (who have managed just one other point all season) was Hearts’ fifth defeat of the season and third in their last five games. It leaves them in 10th position with only St Mirren and Dundee below them.
Caley could afford to miss a penalty in their 2-1 away win against Kilmarnock last week. Having been awarded two penalties at Rugby Park, it means they have now had four spot kicks in the last four games. It’s testament to how much of an attacking threat they are this season and that is further evidenced by the fact they are the top scorers in the SPL with 25 – to put that into context, it’s four more than league leaders and Champions, Celtic.
You could argue that the off the field problems occurring at Hearts at this point in time could galvanize the players ahead of this match but I have my doubts. I’m skeptical of the situation as the owner is a very wealthy man. I’m also not sure that the quality of player that Hearts possess is much better than their opponents this weekend with very little threat going forward.
I was anticipating Inverness to be favourites for this weekend as they are in terrific form and sit in third place in the SPL. They are favourites, but only just, and I firmly believe that the value very much lies with the home team in this fixture. Take Caley to add to Hearts’ misery.
Inverness 9/5 @ BetVictor