Cup finalists looks vulnerable

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: January 29 2013, 9:11 GMT

Our SPL expert Gareth Friel previews the midweek action and he's looking to oppose weekend winners Hearts and St Mirren.

Terry Butcher's Inverness are flying high at present
Terry Butcher's Inverness are flying high at present

Hearts and St Mirren will meet in the Scottish League Cup final after securing their Hampden places in dramatic style but it may be worth opposing both as they quickly return to SPL action in midweek.

The Jambos were first through to the final after they saw off Inverness on penalties following a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Easter Road, while the following day St Mirren stunned Celtic, defeating the league leaders 3-2 at the national stadium.

But Hearts have won only one of their last six in 90 minutes and are ninth in the table, while only Dundee, visitors to Tynecastle on Wednesday, sit below St Mirren, who were hammered 4-1 at home by Ross County in their last league outing.

Bottom club Dundee have only won three times all season but two of those victories came against Hearts, both 1-0.

John McGlynn deserves credit for leading such a young team into a cup final but, as is often the case with kids, consistency has been an issue. They are on a high and if they get ahead early, could be way too strong for Dundee.

But given the evidence above, 17/5 on Dundee in the draw-no-bet market has to be worthy of consideration.

To St Mirren next and they face bogey team Inverness in Paisley.

Caley Thistle are on a mind-boggling run of results. Terry Butcher's men have lost just one of their last 21 matches in all competitions over 90 minutes and another victory here would see them surpass their points total for the whole of last season.

Against the Saints, it's one defeat in their last 17. Danny Lennon's Buddies are, realistically, not going to make the top six even though they are only five points off it at the moment.

The pressure is off Lennon and his side given that they are now in a cup final and have an 11-point lead over Dundee at the bottom. This could work to their advantage of course, but Inverness are red-hot and the 6/4 on them taking all three points certainly has merit.