Go for goals at Tannadice

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: February 22 2014, 15:01 GMT

There's a lot of hype surrounding Aberdeen at the moment and it's easy to see why given they are second in the Premiership, are in the League Cup final and knocked Celtic out of the Scottish Cup.

Expect goals when Dundee United host Motherwell
Expect goals when Dundee United host Motherwell

Some have even been talking about the Dons' potential to mount a challenge to Celtic in the coming years. That sort of talk is not only ridiculous, it is pretty ignorant given that if Motherwell win their game in hand, they will overtake Aberdeen and move into second place.

Well can temporarily move behind Celtic with victory against Dundee United on Friday night. if they manage to do so it will be their eighth victory in ten games.

United are returning to form, though. They have won their last two, their Premiership victory against Kilmarnock last Saturday their first of 2014.

It's a hard one to call. United have the third best home record and Motherwell the third best away record.

One thing this game has guaranteed in the recent past, though, is goals.

Dundee United were 4-0 winners at Fir Park in November while the sides drew 2-2 back in September.

Well's last three have produced 14 goals and when United are in form, they tend to score plenty - they've scored four or more goals on eight separate occasions this season, six of them at Tannadice.

With that in mind, 9/5 on more than 3.5 goals looks decent. Nine of United's 15 home games would have covered this bet as would four of Well's last six.

Elsewhere, it may be worth taking a punt on Kilmarnock at home to Hibernian.

Killie have improved in recent weeks and have moved four points clear of the play-off spot. Indeed they are only five points behind Saturday's opponents.

Their home form has been key in their improvement. They have won five of their last nine at Rugby Park after losing four of their first five under Allan Johnston.

Hibs aren't too hot away from home. They've won one of their last six away from Easter Road while last weekend's victory over Ross County ended a run of four successive defeats.

Terry Butcher's side simply can't be trusted to string successive results together but at the same time Killie have only kept five clean sheets all season.

They are worth backing at 19/4 with Coral to win and both teams to score.

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