Scotland Premiership predictions and odds

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Scotland Premiership Predictions

26/09/2021

St. Mirren - Aberdeen

St. Mirren will have to fight an uphill battle to win this match. They are the underdogs of the matchup – though Aberdeen don’t have a huge advantage. Still, with the 3.00 odds on a home win, things may get a bit dicey.

With the betting odds being what they are, this match could still go either way. Still, the fact that Aberdeen are generally the weaker team makes this match an uphill battle for them.

The 2:2 result at the end of St. Mirren’s previous match against Hiber... read more

Betting tip (stake: 6/10): Draw 3.25 at Betsson
Correct score prediction: 2:2
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26/09/2021

Celtic - Dundee United

Celtic should stroll into a fairly easy victory this Sunday. The odds are decidedly in their favour, with most top bookies pricing a home win at 1.22.

Dundee United are massive underdogs and will be extremely lucky to avoid complete annihilation at the hands of Celtic.

In the last round, Celtic recorded an unlucky defeat away at Livingston. The top bookmakers online were largely expecting them to emerge victorious at the odds of 17.00 but Celtic went behind in the first half an... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Under 2,5 2.75 at bet365
Correct score prediction: 2:0
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26/09/2021

Hibernian - St. Johnstone

By pricing a home win at around 1.91, the bookies made it clear that Hibernian are the favourites. Overall, though, the difference between the teams is not big, and the match can end either way.

The away team’s chances of winning this Sunday are dubious at best. They are the clear underdogs in a matchup with Hibernian, and the fact that they’re the visiting team isn’t making things any easier.

Hibernian and their form were in shambles last week as they barely managed to ... read more

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Home 1.91 at William Hill
Correct score prediction: 2:0

Premiership Standings

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  • F
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  • Last Five
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  • Rangers
  • 7
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  • 1
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  • 12
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  • W W W D W
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  • Hearts
  • 7
  • 4
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  • 12
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  • 7
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  • D W D D W
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  • Celtic
  • 6
  • 3
  • 0
  • 3
  • 16
  • 4
  • 12
  • 9
  • W W L W L
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  • Dundee
  • 7
  • 0
  • 3
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  • 4
  • 13
  • -9
  • 3
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The Scottish Premiership History and General Info

The Scottish Premiership is currently the top division of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL). Currently, it is named in honour of one of the world’s biggest bookmakers and the league’s main sponsor – The Ladbrokes Premiership. It consists of Scotland’s 12 best professional football clubs, and only 16 clubs have ever played in it since its founding in 2013.

From this perspective, 2013 might seem very recent, relatively speaking. This is because the history of the football league system in Scotland is long and complicated. As such, it can be a bit difficult to track records and histories in Scotland, but bear with us – we’ll try to explain as simply as possible.

It all started back in 1890 with the founding of the SFL – the Scottish Football League. It changed a few names due to sponsorship deals over the years, but it remained the home of top-level football in Scotland for the better part of a century. It consisted of two divisions for most of its history, until a third was added in 1975, and then a fourth in 1994.

For the 1997/98 season, however, the highest tier clubs broke away and formed a separate league because they felt they weren’t getting their fair share of the proceeds. This action mirrored what happened with the English Premier League in the early 90s.

In 1997, the Scottish Premier League was formed to represent the top-level professional clubs. This league consisted of the 19 most successful teams, although only two of them – Celtic and the Rangers – ever managed to win it. Tiers 2 through 4 remained with the Scottish Football League. This sort of system remained in place until 2013 when the two organisations finally agreed to a merger. This resulted in the SPFL, and thus the Scottish Premiership.

There’s a lot more nuance and a lot of smaller changes here, but this should give you a solid idea of the league’s history. Now, let’s get into how it works:

A season lasts from August until May and is split into two phases. During the first phase, all 12 teams play against each other three times and are ranked using the classic system of 3 points per win, 1 point per draw. This means a total of 36 games, where each team plays twice at home and once away, or vice-versa.

For the second phase, the teams are split into two groups – the ‘top six’ and the ‘bottom six’. They then proceed to play five games each, once against each club in their group, and are again ranked in a similar fashion. While the points carry over from phase 1, a team in phase 2 is only ranked against other members of its own group – even if they end up having more or fewer points then a member of the other group.

During the pre-season, there is a system of “seeding” that tried to ensure that every team will play twice at home and twice away. The lowest-placed team is then relegated to a lower tier and swaps places with the winner of the Scottish Championship. The club in eleventh place also plays two-leg playoffs with the Championship play-off winners to earn a place in the next season.

So far, Celtic from Glasgow has won every single season of the Premiership since its inception in 2013. Combined with the 44 titles they had before with the SFL and SPL, they have an impressive 51 titles total. The true record for the number of titles over all of these leagues are the Rangers FC, however, with 54. Their last victory was back in the 2010/11 season, though, so they have technically not won a single Premiership. The third club in this ranking would be Aberdeen, with only 4 – the last of which was back in 1984.

The all-time top scorer during the 7 years of the Premiership’s existence is Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths with 77 goals over 141 appearances. If we take into account the Scottish Premier League since 1998, however, that record would go to the Rangers’ Kris Boyd with 225 goals. We should also probably mention Celtic’s legendary footballer Jimmy McGrory; although he does not hold any league-specific records, he is the all-time best goal-scorer in British top-tier football, with 550 goals at a club and international level.

Scottish Premiership Title Challengers

Even a passing understanding of Scotland’s top flight should give you at least a rough estimation of the balance of power. The last time anyone other than Celtic or the Rangers won the title was in 1985/86. As such, outright Scottish Premier League bets in 2021/22 only make sense if you back one of the two traditional favourites.

Outright Scottish Premiership betting odds favour the Rangers, who are also the defending champions. Most bookies offer a price of just 1.53, so the disparity between them and Celtic is quite noticeable. The Bhoys, however, are given 2.50 odds with almost all top bookmakers online, with only a select few going for a shorter 2.40. The Rangers’ status as hard favourites makes a lot of sense when you consider their sensational previous season.

Aberdeen, being the next squad in the pecking order, don’t have a great shot at even a runners-up position. Namely, even the most optimistic bookies won’t price such a surprising victory at under 100.

Rangers FC

Steven Gerrard led the Rangers to their first title since the insolvency and subsequent promotions through the Scottish league system. Their dominance in the 2020/21 campaign was decisive and absolute – they recorded a near-perfect score with 28 wins, 5 draws, and not a single defeat. The 89 points earned are a club record, and it also means that the Light Blues had both the most goals scored and the smallest concession rate in the league. Rangers FC predictions for the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season expect nothing less than magnificence.

The Gers under Gerrard have been trying out new things with each coming season, but last year’s lineup remains largely unchanged. Hardly surprising, considering the overwhelming success. So far, they have a diverse, versatile lineup of internationals that features both promising talent and hardened Premiership veterans. Alfredo Morelos has decided to stay with the club for at least another season, which means they’ll likely remain the most successful attackers in the league.

Other standout members of the roster include winger Ryan Kent, whose transfer from Liverpool was a spot-on decision. Team captain James Tavernier forms a formidable defensive line with Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic, an element that gave the Rangers just 10 concessions throughout the entire 2020/21 campaign.

Sheffield’s John Lundstram is bound to cover even more of the squad’s bases by giving them more of a presence in the central midfield. Other fresh arrivals include midfielder Juninho Bacuna and striker Fashion Sakala.

Celtic FC

After 9 straight seasons of consecutive title wins, 2020/21 was the year Celtic finally stumbled and came in second. This shook up the Scottish top flight in a big way – just look at the Celtic FC betting odds. They were defeated by the Rangers four times last season if we also count Cup bouts, only managing to carve out a humble draw once. Considering this duo are the only real title challengers in the SPL, it’s easy to see why the 2021/22 season looks so one-sided.

The one question their supporters are left asking is simple – can Celtic come back and beat the odds? Neil Lennon was replaced despite numerous domestic successes throughout the decade, and Ange Postecoglou stepped in as the new head coach. He came into a turbulent time in the club’s history, but some of the numerous key signings over the summer are giving the Celts’ fans hope.

Left-winger Kyogo Furuhashi was the first of these deals, and he turned out to be a surprising rising star. Some were critical of the hefty €5.2 million fee, but it seems Posecoglou made the right move with the winger.

He went on to make a sort of overhaul of the squad’s wings and introduced some big changes to the defence. Josip Juranovic and Liel Abada were signed as right-back and right-winger respectively, and full-back Carl Starfelt should also contribute to reducing the team’s concession rate. However, Starfelt will be stepping into the boots of Kristoffer Ajer – and filling them will not be easy.

Time will tell whether these comprehensive roster changes will be enough to counteract some of the lows of the previous season.

Scottish Premiership Relegation Favourites

For any kind of serious Scottish Premiership betting, it also helps to be aware of who’s likely to be demoted into the First League.

Ross County FC

Scottish Premier League betting odds price a bottom 2 finish for Ross County at just 1.83, making them the most likely team to end up relegated. A quick look at this team’s rankings history makes it easy to see why. Their hold on a place in the Premiership has been tenuous at best ever since they first climbed up in 2012/13. With multiple 10th placements in a row at this point, most bettors consider it only a matter of time before they are bumped back down to the Championship.

Dundee FC

Plenty of fans are glad to see the Dundee derby back in the top flight, but to be frank the Dees are not likely to stick around too long. First of all, they’re natural relegation favourites due to being freshly promoted.

James McPake may be eager to make more of a mark than last time, but relegation betting odds price their departure at just 2.2. Dundee’s best hope is a crop of relatively experienced Premiership veterans, but it will still be an uphill battle.

Livingston FC

Considering the rough financial situation they’re still struggling with, the Lions have done remarkably well for themselves. They’ve recorded two 5th place finishes in the past two seasons despite being pegged as relegation favourites in both. However, the fact remains that it’s a troubled club with a shaky and unpredictable form. Combined with the 2.75 odds for relegation, Livi are going to either amaze us again or completely crumble, with little room for any middle ground.

Scottish Premiership Top Players

If you plan on betting on the Scottish Premiership this season as well as in the future, you will need to know which players to keep an eye on.

Odsonne Edouard

We’ve previously named Edouard as one of the most promising young strikers in the world, and he continues to impress. Despite rumours of possibly moving on to the Premier League, he’s still with Celtic and keeps being crowned the top goalscorer of the SPL year after year. He pulled it off again in 2020/21 with 18 goals over 26 appearances – and that’s despite a few minor injuries and Celtic finishing as the runners-up.

Ryan Kent

The Gers’ recent successes put this young winger’s abilities on full display. The EFL Championship’s young player of 2015 is finally coming into his own as one of the most tenacious and dangerous attackers of the Scottish top flight. Kent is comfortable on either wing and feared for his incredible skill on the ball, especially in one-on-one situations.

Callum McGregor

The Celts’ famous midfielder McGregor was awarded the team captaincy in 2021. This happened after no less than 326 appearances, crowned with 53 goals and 14 impressive trophies. McGregor’s stint with Celtic includes six league titles, so the decision to name this Glasgow native captain was quite easy.

Scottish Premiership Rising Stars

Here’s a brief look at some of the SPL’s most promising young players who are yet to rise to prominence.

Josh Doig

Hibernian first signed the then-18-year-old in anticipation of the previous season, and it was quite the debut for the young back. He promptly scored his first senior goal – quite the achievement for a left-back. As you may have guessed, he was also named the SFWA’s Young Player of the Year – the first award in what we’re sure will be many. At just 19, Doig is easily the Hib’s most valuable asset right now.

Ianis Hagi

The son of the famous midfielder Gheorghe Hagi, Ianis inherited his father’s position of attacking midfielder – and his incredible talent for the game, it seems. He is two-footed, versatile, and possesses an amazing vision and playmaking ability. Creating chances for other forwards is his specialty, but Hagi seems to be comfortable in any attacking position.

Scottish Premiership Derby Matches

Old Firm

The Old Firm is not just a name for the two of Scotland’s biggest and most successful football clubs – it is also the name of one of the fiercest rivalries in the world of football. We already talked about how the division between the two supporter groups follows the lines of sectarian division in Scotland. As a result, this rivalry is deeply embedded in Scottish culture and has proven to have a great appeal all over the world.

Both Celtic and the Rangers come from Glasgow, and they have 104 Scottish League championships between the two of them. To millions of fans, this is not just the biggest derby in Scottish football – this derby is Scottish football.

Scottish Premiership Biggest Stadiums

Celtic Park

Celtic’s famed base of operations, the Park is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 60,411 dedicated solely to football. This makes it the largest stadium in Scotland, and eight-largest in the UK. Originally, it was opened in 1888 in the Parkhead area of Glasgow. The club has changed several venues since, and the current iteration’s construction was completed in 1998.

Ibrox Stadium

The third biggest stadium in Scotland with a capacity of 50,817. (The second would be the famous Hampden Park, which is used for very prestigious events – but not Premiership matches.) Home of the Rangers, Ibrox was the site of an infamous disaster in 1971. It was largely rebuilt afterwards and became an all-seater stadium with no athletics lanes.