Go to the Well again with Murphy

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 13:30 GMT

Gareth Friel previews Saturday's SPL action and is keen on Motherwell's Jamie Murphy to add to his goal tally.

Jamie Murphy: Impressive form in recent weeks
Jamie Murphy: Impressive form in recent weeks

Motherwell were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Aberdeen in midweek but they are unbeaten in six SPL matches and have the chance to put some daylight between themselves and Hibs when they visit Easter Road on Saturday.

Hibs have the best home record in the division while only Celtic have taken more points away from home than Motherwell so we could be in for a cracker.

Stuart McCall has demanded his 'Well side go on and secure a European place through the league following their Cup defeat and a victory in Leith would be the perfect response.

If pushed I would back the away side here having witnessed some of Hibs' horrendous defending at Inverness last weekend and patchy performances in recent home games. But it certainly wouldn't be with any great confidence.

I've been very impressed by Motherwell forward Jamie Murphy in recent weeks. The forward made a slow start to the season in terms of goals, scoring only twice in 18 games.

But with four in his last nine the 23-year-old has been a key player in the Steelmen's rise up the table. Notably, all his goals this season have come away from home.

Only two sides have stopped Motherwell from scoring on their travels so far so Hibs will have their work cut out denying the visiting frontmen. Muprhy is 5/2 with Paddy Power to score at anytime which is worth backing.

Elsewhere, Inverness are surely decent value at 13/5 to win at Dundee United.

The Caley Jags are on a fantastic run of just one defeat in 16 in all competitions while the midweek win over Ross County was their tenth in 13.

Dundee Utd have won their last two away games to nil but still have big issues with their home form. They are winless at Tannadice in four months and lost last time out against Motherwell.

The Arabs have more than enough quality to turn that record around, and if they do could really push into contention for the 'best of the rest' slot behind Celtic.

But at the moment it's Caley in that spot and they have to be worth backing at what looks like a big price.

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