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Motherwell v Dundee United Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals, 2016-03-11

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Friday 11th March 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs                                     Motherwell v Dundee United                                               Football – Scotland – Scottish Premiership

Now firmly into March, time is fast running out this season and that is not good news for Dundee United who have been rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership for much of the campaign. Friday evening sees a massive game for them as they look to close the gap on Kilmarnock who are the most likely to be the club they fight relegation out with. Motherwell, on the other hand, have turned things around under Mark McGhee and are pushing for a place in the top six.

Mark McGhee took charge of Motherwell for the second time back in October when the club were languishing at the foot of the table, and it’s been a very positive appointment in the main. Since losing to Celtic in his first match, McGhee has led ‘Well to seven wins and four wins the last 18 games. It’s not form that will see them qualify for the Europe or threaten the leaders in the league but it’s a marked improvement on what had went before under the previous manager Ian Baraclough. Motherwell started this season with only three wins in 11 games and it looked like they would be battling out in the bottom two once again – just as they did last term when they required a play-off win over Rangers to maintain their Premiership status. Now with genuine aspirations of making the top six, it could yet be a season that ends on a positive note.

It’s fair to say that this season has been something of a nightmare for Dundee United. The last year and a bit has seen the club sell the majority of their assets and try to bring in replacements either from the youth setup, or on cut-price deals from abroad. Unsurprisingly, the result has not been favourable and they’re not left with having to make up an eight-point deficit with 10 games left of the campaign. The major factor in their current position was a disastrous run of 16 defeats in their first 23 league games and whilst it’s left them facing a massive struggle to even get into the playoffs, there is more hope now than there has been all season long. Three wins in their last six league games has at least given them some sort of chance, particularly as it has coincided with the demise of Kilmarnock. The confidence of the squad would also have taken a major boost with an excellent come-from-behind win away to Ross County in the Scottish Cup – a victory that has set them up with a semi-final appearance next month.

It’s not so long ago that Motherwell were finishing second behind Celtic and that’s the ambition that McGhee has for the next couple of years. It may be something of an aspiration but when you study the Scottish Premiership, there is very little between the majority of clubs. That is illustrated by ‘Well’s last half a dozen games, for instance, their last match was a 3-1 win at home to Partick Thistle but they were actually defeated by that same opponent only a month before. Such is the way the fixtures have fallen, the Fir Park club have also played Dundee United less than a month ago where they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Tannadice. A repeat of that win would see them move above United’s city rivals, Dundee, into the top six – albeit possibly only for a few hours before the Saturday set of fixtures.

A major issue for Dundee United in the first half of the season was scoring goals, and it shouldn’t really be much of a surprise considering the players that have departed in recent times, and the subsequent transition. Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven and Nadir Ciftci all left for pastures new and contributed the vast majority of the team’s goals in the last campaign. The previous manager, Jackie McNamara, was unable to find the correct formula to plug those holes and paid the ultimate price. The current man in charge – Mixu Paatelainen – looks to have found something of a solution and his strategy is beginning to produce results. United are creating a lot more chances than at any stage this season and scoring eight goals in their last four games is definitely a step in the right direction.

Motherwell v Dundee United Betting Tips

This may not be the most glamorous of games that will be live this weekend, but it is vitally important for Dundee United – as will their remaining nine games after this match. A win would not only enhance their confidence for the run-in, but as they are playing a day earlier than Kilmarnock, it would certainly increase the pressure on the Rugby Park club to get a result away to title-chasing Aberdeen on Saturday.

These two have met twice already this season and its one victory each, with both teams winning when on the road against the other. United will certainly hope that is a trend that continues on Friday but they will have to play to a similar standard to that of their Scottish Cup win in the Highlands last Saturday. Motherwell have actually only won one of their last four home games so that should inspire the visitors that they can get a much-needed three points. The stat I’m more interested in ‘Well’s recent home form is that nine of the last 10 games at Fir Park have seen three or more goals scored, and five of United’s last seven away games have seen similar – over 2.5 goals is the way to go here.

Over 2.5 goals 5/6 @ Skybet

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Dundee United v Celtic Betting Preview, 2016-01-15

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Friday 15th January Kickoff: 1945hrs
Dundee United v Celtic
Football – Scotland – Premiership     

The Scottish action on Friday night see’s Celtic travel to face Dundee United in a match that pits top versus bottom. Despite only just over half the way through the season, there is already 36 points between the two and that’s even with United having played a game extra. Could their be a shock in store at Tannadice?!

It has been a horrendous season for Dundee United thus far and it does not appear to be getting better any time soon. The Arabs are 11 points adrift of second-bottom Kilmarnock, and with only two wins from their first 21 league games, it is hard to envisage United making any real inroads on the team’s above them. The board sought to try and improve the club’s fortunes by making a managerial change back in October as Jackie McNamara was replaced by Mixu Paatelainen. Unfortunately, it has had very little impact and their struggles continue. The former Finland manager – and also an ex-Dundee United player – has won just one league game since taking charge, that success coming at home to Ross County early in his reign. United did record their first win since then when edging past Airdrie in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Although Celtic sit top of the Scottish Premiership, it has been anything but plain sailing for the current champions, this season. Being knocked out both the Champions League and Europa League before Christmas has piled the pressure on manager Ronny Deila, whilst performances in the league have also been uninspiring at times. That said, the Hoops are three points clear with a game in hand and look well on course to win their fifth consecutive league title. With a semi-final in the League Cup to come at the end of this month, as well as comfortably securing their passage to the next round of the Scottish Cup, a domestic treble remains very much on the cards, but does that signify success in the current climate, when there is no real challenge?! That will be a discussion come the end of the season, but it is not unreasonable to presume that Deila may well have to win all three competitions in order to be in a job come next season.

Paatelainen has moved to strengthen the Dundee United squad by bringing in some experienced, well-known faces. Guy Demel and Florent Sinama-Pongolle have been signed, both have whom have played large spells of their career in the English Premier League. They are just two of a host of new faces that have arrived at Tannadice since the transfer window opened but despite being thrown straight into action, it will take time for this new-look team to gel, as evidenced by the derby defeat to rivals Dundee at New Year.

Celtic have yet to make any additions to their squad in January but Deila will be happy to see some of his injured players returning to the fold. The 3-0 win over Stranraer in the Scottish Cup on Sunday also seen a change in formation as he opted to play with two strikers which is a rarity under the Norwegian. Carlton Cole partnered Leigh Griffiths in attack and both got on the scoresheet. Whether or not that will be the way the manager opts to go on Friday remains to be seen, but with Nir Bitton suspended, central midfield options are stretched, at the moment, and it could be another chance for Cole to stake a claim for a more regular spot.

Dundee United v Celtic Betting Tips

This will be the third meeting of the season between these two clubs and it does not make pretty reading for Dundee United. Celtic have already knocked eight past the bottom club, conceding just once. Taking it back even further and Celtic have actually scored 20 goals in the last six games against this opponent – clearly a team they enjoy coming up against.

Safety already looks a distant hope for the home team but one thing they certainly cannot do is give up hope and even games against the leaders provide an opportunity to get some much-needed points. However, when you consider their overall home form (five points from a possible 30) getting anything out of this game looks very unlikely. Celtic, on the hand, have the best away record in the league and average 2.3 goals on their travels. What has been noticeable about Dundee United’s recent performances, is their inability to come back from losing goals or going behind in games. It’s unsurprising there is so much fragility when you take into account the horrific season that United have endured, and I don’t see things improving on Friday.

Celtic may not be on top form, but with Griffiths back in the side they definitely have more of a cutting edge. Cole’s presence is also a positive as he occupies defenders and his physicality will be an issue for a vulnerable United defence. The visitors will simply have too much and I believe it’s a case of how many. They have scored three goals on each of their last two visits and I think they will easily achieve that tally once again.

Celtic to score over 2.5 goals 5/4 @ Boylesports

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Dundee United v St Johnstone Betting Preview, 2015-11-21

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Saturday 21st November 2015 Kickoff: 1500hrs
Dundee United v St Johnstone
Football – Scotland – Premiership

The 2015/16 Premiership season has been rather disastrous for Dundee United thus far. Currently bottom of the table and three points behind Partick Thistle, the nearest club to them, United are also on their second manager of the campaign. Jackie McNamara was relieved of his duties last month and was replaced with Mixu Paatalainen. Paatalainen is a former player at the club and has also taken charge of Hibernian and Kilmarnock. Following a very disappointing start to the season, where Dundee United managed only one win in their first 10 games, the board saw fit to make a change in an attempt to move them away from the relegation zone. Unfortunately – going by the first few games under Paatitalainen – appears that it will take more than a change of manager to achieve that.

As bad a season as it has been for United, it’s been the complete opposite for St Johnstone who continue to go from strength to strength. Four consecutive top six finishes, including a couple of fourth-placed efforts, combined with their Scottish Cup win in 2014 has been part of a real purple patch. It’s also meant a brief experience of European football and that would appear to be the aim for this season. Tommy Wright’s men are fourth at the moment and trail third-placed Aberdeen by five points, and Hearts, who occupy second, by a further point. The Saints come into this game in very good form having five of their last six in the league, including their last three. It’s been a very good recovery after what was a less than auspicious start to the season.

The joint-lowest scorers and the worst defensive record are two titles that nobody wishes to hold, particularly together, but that’s exactly the fate of Dundee United after 14 games. Scoring goals has been a huge issue for them, especially over the last couple of months. One goal in their last five games is symptomatic of their struggles in front of goals, and their form in general. The loss of Nadir Ciftci to Celtic over the summer is obviously a critical factor in their poor goal return, as the Turkish striker had scored 25 league goals in the last couple of seasons. The departure of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven back in January – to the same club incidentally – has also reduced the creativity in the team.

St Johnstone actually had to wait until their fifth game of the season to record their first win in the league, which would have been somewhat concerning for Wright and his backroom staff having enjoyed such a successful campaign, last season. Those concerns are fast disappearing after their recent run, and sights are firmly fixed on looking up rather than down. It’s been their away from which has been particularly impressive having won their last five in all competitions. Within that time the Perth club have found their scoring boots, notching 16 goals. Five of those came against Aberdeen whilst they also brushed aside Rangers in the League Cup, winning 3-1 on that occasion. Only Celtic have scored more goals away from home in the league – illustrating how potent St Johnstone’s attack has been in recent weeks.

Dundee United v St Johnstone Betting Tips

The Tayside derby may not be the biggest game of this weekend but it’s one that could either act as a turning point for Dundee United’s season or confirm that they will be firmly involved in a relegation battle for the entirety of the campaign – at the same time consolidating St Johnstone’s position in the top four.

Dundee United’s only home win of the season came in their most recent game at Tannadice when they defeated Ross County 1-0. That will give the Arabs’ fans hope but they were unable to follow it up in their next game when losing 2-0 at Aberdeen. The visitors have already beaten Hamilton and Inverness on the road this season, as well as that impressive victory over Aberdeen. Tommy’s Wright men were also successful on their last visit to Dundee United – running out 2-0 winners back in February.

Four of Dundee United’s seven home games in the league have resulted in both teams scoring whilst six of St Johnstone’s away games have seen the same. The bookmakers are well aware of this, however, and both teams to score is priced accordingly. I’m more interested in the away side here, but I’m not sure they are great value at their current odds. Instead, such has been their scoring rate over the last couple of months, I fancy the away side to score a couple more on Saturday. They have already knocked past two+ goals against Hearts, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hamilton this season, whilst also scoring twice in the home fixture against United, despite playing with 10 men for the majority of the game. United have conceded at least two against Celtic, Kilmarnock and Dundee this season.

Over 1.5 St Johnstone goals 6/5 @ Skybet

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Scottish Premiership 2013/14 Preview

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There’s been another restructuring of the league in Scotland, less than 15 years after the SPL was formed. They have attempted to replicate the structure used in England with a Premiership supported by a Championship and two other lower leagues. It clearly won’t have as positive effect on the game in Scotland as it did in England for the sole reason that the quality is just not there. Infact, it looks the weakest ever Premier League. No matter, we’ll strive to find a decent ante-post bet to see us through the season.

Challenger

As Rangers continue fighting their way back to the top division in Scotland, Celtic remain the only plausible winners of the Premier League. They were rarely at their best in domestic matches last season but still won the league by a comfortable 16 points with Motherwell next best. Despite losing both Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama to Premier League clubs down in England, Celtic should stroll to their third successive Championship in Scotland.

Best of the Rest

The most competitive market in this year’s Scottish Premiership will be who finishes second otherwise known as the ‘Without Celtic’ market. Although there appears little between most of the sides in the division, there are more gaps appearing and certain clubs can be ruled out straightaway.

Hearts are in financial turmoil at the moment and have had a transfer embargo currently placed upon them. They have had to get rid of several key players over the last six months and it looks like a season of struggle ahead for Gary Locke and his charges.  The other Capital club, Hibernian, slipped away dramatically last season after a positive start. They have already been humbled out of Europe and the loss of Leigh Griffiths who was their best player and top scorer last season suggests that they are going to be short of a challenge for second spot. Ross County and Inverness surprised many with top six positions last season but both will find it difficult to repeat that kind of form. Inverness have had to rebuild their squad after key members left and County could well suffer from the second season syndrome, although visiting teams will still find it difficult at both northern venues.

That leaves us with the likes of Motherwell, Aberdeen and Dundee United who I think will be best placed to mount a challenge for second place. Motherwell are favourites and rightly so. Stuart McCall has bought well with the signings of John Sutton, Stephen McManus and James McFadden. They have lost key players though and the losses of Darren Randolph and Michael Higdon could be crucial. Aberdeen installed Derek McInnes as manager towards the end of last season and he is a manager I like. He knows Scottish football inside out and has good experience of working down South. He’s used that to his advantage by bringing in several Championship players including Nicky Weaver and Greg Wylde. Having kept all their key players from last season I expect them to go well. Dundee United welcomed their prodigal son, David Goodwillie, back to Tannadice but as he comes back on loan, Johnny Russell departed to Derby County and Jon Daly left for Rangers. I much prefer the departing double act to the returning Goodwillie so feel they have been weakened. I do have lot of time for Jackie McNamara however, and his management could well see them secure a top three finish.

Down at the other end of the table, Partick Thistle, who were promoted last season, are the favourites to go back down. It will be a learning curve for all at Firhill on their return to the top flight, especially as they have lost two key players to Dundee United. I do think they will be competitive and don’t believe they will be cast adrift like Dundee were last season. St Mirren are always in and around the bottom end of the table whilst Kilmarnock are never far away either. I expect the latter to improve under Allan Johnston, despite their financial difficulties. Hearts will be massive favourites to finish bottom dogs with their 15 point deduction and I can’t see them finishing elsewhere other than at the foot of the table. The only worry for the other clubs is who finishes in 11th which will result in a play-off with a side from the second tier. My bet would be Partick, but I don’t think Hibernian will be far away either.

I think it’s a toss of a coin between Dundee United and Aberdeen for the ‘Without Celtic’ market. United can be backed as big as 7/1 whilst Aberdeen are much shorter around the 5/2 mark. I will side with Derek McInnes men because I thought they had the best squad in the league last season (not including Celtic) but it wasn’t well utilised. Take them to finish behind Celtic.

Aberdeen in the ‘Without Celtic’ market  11/4 @ Coral

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Dundee United v Celtic Betting Pick 2 – 10 March 2012

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Dundee United v Celtic

It’s the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup this weekend and the tie of the round, undoubtedly, takes place at Tannadice where Dundee United host Celtic.

Peter Houston was under pressure in the early months of the season despite having previously won Dundee United’s first piece of silverware since 1994 when they won this competition in 2010. It seems amazing he received so much criticism now as he has got his side to fourth place in the SPL and obviously, the latter stages of the Premier cup competition in Scotland. Monday’s 3-0 win over Inverness was as comfortable a game as you are likely to see. They took the lead and proceeded to control the game from then on in. It was their fifth win in six games and they are on a run of seven games unbeaten so, aside from Celtic, they are the form side in the country. Their home form has also improved since the turn of the year having lost just once at Tannadice in 2012 and it was their form at home which frustrated for much of the season having lost four games in the first half of the season on their own patch.

Celtic suffered what has been a rare feat in recent months when they drew against Aberdeen last weekend to drop their first points in the league since November. Despite taking the lead in the first half, they had to settle for a point which was a fair result considering they never reached the heights of previous weeks. The fact they had so many players on International duty the previous midweek would have also affected the result as it meant that they gave debuts to two full backs who were off the pace for much of the game. Sunday’s match against Dundee United is pivotal in their quest to win their first domestic treble since 2001 as they are in the final of the League cup – to be played the following Sunday – and have a lead of 21 points in the SPL. Obviously there is still a lot of football to be played between now and May but it is arguably the most important game of the season thus far.

Johnny Russell has been linked with a move to Celtic and the boyhood Hoops fan will be eager to impress Neil Lennon and his staff and the best way to do that will be by turning in another fine performance. His goal on Monday night showed what he is all about with excellent technique followed by a cool and composed finish.

Scott Brown missed last weekend’s draw up North but will be back to captain his side and Lennon will be hoping that he is able to find the form he was in before his injury. He will go straight back into the midfield alongside Victor Wanyama and it will no doubt be a competitive battled with John Rankin and Scott Robertson of United in good form as well.

Many believe that Celtic can win the treble with a victory on Sunday as they see it as their biggest challenge. Lennon and his players will of course be thinking purely of being professional and playing to the levels they have set this season. If they do that, they should have enough to progress.

My Selection: Celtic to beat Dundee United

Best odds available: 8/11 available with Skybet

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Dundee United v St Mirren Betting Pick 1 – 18 Februrary 2012

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Scottish Premier League

 Dundee United v St Mirren

Scottish football as been in the news this week with the financial crisis at Rangers but that will be of little interest for Dundee United or St Mirren when they clash tomorrow at Tannadice.

Peter Houston has had a successful time in his two and a half years since taking over from Craig Levein but still had to suffer calls for his head at the start of this season when his United side started slowly. Even now they remain inconsistent but the fans will be buoyed by their recent 2-0 victory over the aforementioned Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup. They followed that up with a very comfortable 5-1 success away to St Johnstone last weekend. It was a game which showcased the talents of the likes of Johnny Russell  and Gary Mackay Steven who have been spoke of very highly this season. The win was their third in five games in all competitions so it may just be that they have turned the corner and are starting to find a little more consistency. Their home record is poor by their recent standards as they have won just three times from their first 12 games. It’s a statistic which will infuriate Houston as they have been strong at home in years gone by.

St Mirren have transformed their style of play this season under Danny Lennon. They were a team who were associated as being slightly negative and content to sit in and hope for the best basically. The transformation, however, has seen them become a lot more attacking and their nature is much more positive. This has been helped, in no small measure, to the fact they have been able to attract a better quality of player. Steven Thompson and Paul McGowan have been big players for the Paisley side already and are a threat for most defences in the league. Tomorrow’s match will be their third in a week having drawn at home to Motherwell last Saturday in the league before securing their place in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup after getting the better of Ross County in a replay. That win was bigger than it appears as Ross County are not only runaway leaders of the First division, but they have had a habit of being giant killers in recent seasons so the Buddies impressed by coming away with the victory.

Both sides are capable of playing some lovely football and their managers will want them to go for it so it has the makings of an attractive game. Neither side are solid defensively and there could be value in backing the Overs in this game but I think United have turned a corner and their impressive form of late can continue tomorrow.

My Selection: Dundee United to beat St Mirren

Best odds available: 5/6 available with William Hill

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Celtic v Dundee United Betting Pick 1(-1) – Saturday 14 January 2011

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Scottish Premier League

Celtic v Dundee United

Celtic have turned this around in the space of a few weeks in the SPL and will be eager to continue their excellent run of form at the expense of Dundee United tomorrow.

After trailing rivals Rangers by 15 points at one point during October, Neil Lennon’s men have put together a run of form which as seen them win 10 straight league games, thus not only closing the gap on the league leaders, but actually overtaking them. It’s a remarkable turnaround but it does pay to note that they have most of their star players available to them again. With just one home defeat all season, and having dropped just a further couple of points outside of that defeat, visiting teams know they are up against it travelling to Celtic Park – especially with the form the Bhoys are in. With just three goals conceded in their 11 games, they have a much improved defence compared to earlier in the season.

Dundee United are also enjoying a decent spell in recent weeks. Peter Houston’s men started the season in a very inconsistent fashion which was not a big surprise considering they lost key personnel over the summer including Craig Conway to Cardiff and David Goodwillie to Blackburn Rovers. Outside of the games against the Old Firm, the Arabs have lost only to Aberdeen in a game where they actually took the league. Their most recent match was against Airdrie in the Scottish Cup where they ran out comfortable winners in a 6-2 win. That game, although against inferior opposition, will have boosted the confidence of their striker Johnny Russell who bagged a hat-trick. He will make the journey West tomorrow with immense enthusiasm at a ground where he’s already scored this season.

Celtic will be without key midfielder Beram Kayal for the rest of the season after he found out he will require surgery for an injury picked up against Rangers in December. He will be a loss but the emergence of Victor Wanyama this season will soften the blow a little. Going forward, Gary Hooper missed last week’s routine 3-0 win over Peterhead in the cup but is likely to return tomorrow to take his place upfront.

Dundee United have a deplorable record against Celtic that they will need to put right if they are to take anything tomorrow but the games are often entertaining. The last seven games between the two have produced 22 goals. However on their last to visits to Celtic Park, United have lost 4-1 and 5-1.

Take Celtic to win by more than one goal tomorrow as they have ran out comfortable winners the last twice United have came visiting.

My Selection: Celtic (-1) to beat Dundee United

Best odds available: 4/5 available with Blue Square

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