The opening fixture produced mixed fortunes for the two clubs meeting at Rugby Park this weekend. Kilmarnock tasted defeat, but Hamilton Academical grabbed a famous point at Ibrox.
But Ladbrokes News think the tables are about to be turned as Killie head to New Douglas Park looking for a first win of the Ladbrokes Premiership We run the rule over that crunch clash – and all the other top-flight action this weekend.
Hamilton Academical v Kilmarnock
While Lee Clark’s men couldn’t quite rescue a point against Motherwell last weekend, Killie’s superb record at New Douglas Park suggests they’re set to enjoy their first win of the season.
Kilmarnock won 4-0 here in April, following on from a 1-0 victory in December 2015, and they haven’t lost at Hamilton in the last seven visits, with clean sheets secured on each of the last four trips.
Best Bet: Kilmarnock to win to nil @ 9/2
Dundee v Rangers
It’s fair to say the Dens Park faithful haven’t been short of entertainment of late, with Dundee netting 13 times in their two League Cup games here, while they were also the best performers on the Ladbrokes Premiership’s opening weekend, recording a swashbuckling 3-1 victory at Ross County.
By contrast, Rangers are taking time to gel, as their patchy display against Hamilton proved. They may have one of the league’s strongest sides on paper, but they’re set to fall short to a Dundee side brimming with confidence here.
Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian
Dons boss Derek McInnes can deem the last week a success, with his side the first visitors to keep a clean sheet at McDiarmid Park in five games, before a midweek win at Ayr United in the League Cup.
Conversely, Hearts have struggled so far this season, with a shock exit to Birkirkara in the Europa League followed by league and cup losses to Celtic and St Johnstone. Aberdeen have already chalked up 3-0 and 3-1 victories this season, so don’t be surprised to see them hit a treble against their out-of-sorts opponents.
Best Bet: Aberdeen to win 3-1 @ 14/1
Inverness CT v Ross County
County may have edged the Caley Jags to sneak a top-six spot last season, but it’s Richie Foran’s men who have had the upper hand in this fixture – and that’s set to continue.
Signings like Billy King and Scott Boden have strengthened the hosts, who beat County 2-0 and 3-0 in their meetings earlier this year. So there could be plenty of value in backing another Inverness win to nil.
Best Bet: Inverness to win 3-0 @ 20/1
Motherwell v St Johnstone
The Saints finished last season with an eye-catching away run which saw them pick up 10 points from their last five games on the road. And they could be set for another victory on their travels against a Motherwell side who endured a midweek nightmare.
Mark McGhee saw his side thumped 5-0 at Celtic Park on Wednesday night, and that dispiriting and draining game leaves them ill-prepared against a side who have notched up three wins and a draw in all competitions so far this season.
Best Bet: St Johnstone to win @ 17/10
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing