Scottish Premiership, kick-off at 3:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 from Victoria Park
Hearts travel to Dingwall as betting favourites for all three points on Saturday, but following The Jambos has proven an expensive business for punters so far this season, the Edinburgh club already on their second manager and struggling to put together a run of consistency. They sit seventh, two points better than Ross County in 10th.
The locals will take plenty of heart from recent meetings with Saturday’s opponents, ending unbeaten in three last season, two draws and a win last time out at Tynecastle. Those on The Staggies to continue that purple patch will enjoy a decent price. Let’s see if that’s a worthwhile approach. Betting tips and predictions laid out below.
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Team News – Ross County
Ross County made changes after a poor start to the season, dropping manager Jim McIntyre and bringing in experienced gaffer Owen Coyle. The newbie told members of the press on his appointment that he was as ambitious now as he was when he started in management, and expects a solid working relationship with the board to lead to success on the pitch. Coyle has bossed the likes of Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan, and has plenty of contacts in the game.
County fans will be hoping those connections, and experience at a higher level, will see Coyle lead his new employers up through the ranks towards a top-six finish. They finished seventh last season, but can currently be found down in 10th, showing two wins and a draw against five defeats. One of those victories did come last time out, Coyle making a perfect start with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Curran and van der Weg notching first-half goals.
The winning manager thought his boys were well worth the points, and could have scored one or two more. He took as much pride in how his new recruits defended as they attacked, and goes forward with confidence. Take a home win in your betting tips and predictions at 19/10 (Betfair), or both teams to score can be added to accumulators at 3/4 (Sun Bets).
Team News – Hearts
Hearts have also recently changed managers, Craig Levein appointing, and then replacing, Ian Cathro. The former Scotland gaffer made a strong start to his comeback on the touchline, but has now managed just one win in his last five outings, that spell showing two draws and two defeats, including a loss last time out. They’re seventh in the table, four points off Hibs in sixth.
A European finish will be the aim of the Hearts board this season, but judging by what we have seen from them so far, ending above Hibs looks the best they could hope for. There’s a lot of football to be played, and nothing has been decided yet. Hearts are 11 points off top, but only six better than bottom. September ended with a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Partick, followed by a 2-1 loss at Dundee.
This will be Hearts’ fourth road trip on the bounce, their last outing at home ending in a decent goalless draw with Aberdeen last month. It’s a period of change for the club, but they must keep their eyes on the prize and put points on the board. Odds compilers believe they’ll do just that, pricing an away day as favourite, no more than William Hill’s 6/4 currently up for grabs. A decent offer about a jolly, but not for us.
Ross County vs Hearts – Scottish Premiership Tips and Betting Predictions
I would much rather have my hard-earned cash on a home win. County seem a lot more settled, and there’s a real buzz about the club following Owen Coyle’s arrival. He won’t change things overnight, but he will give a boost to the players and we’ll have them as the pick of our betting tips at a handy 19/10 (Betfair). You may get 2/1 on the exchanges closer to the off.
Hearts have conceded in each of their last three starts, and this one should fall into line. We’ll have 1-0 Ross County as the pick of our correct score predictions, taken as it’s a bigger price than we think it should be. The traders at Betfair don’t agree, and are handing out 10/1 to anyone who wants to follow our thinking. A tight match expected, we should get an interest out of that.
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