Steelmen to go to the well

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: January 9 2014, 11:58 GMT

Gareth Friel previews this weekend's action in the Scottish Premiership and fancies Motherwell to win convincingly.

Motherwell can pile further misery on Hearts
Motherwell can pile further misery on Hearts

It's coming up for five months since Hearts won a home match. In fact, it's not far off two months since they even scored a goal at Tynecastle.

So, Celtic apart, the last team the Jambos want to see rolling into town are Motherwell given that they've won their last four on the road and were 5-1 and 4-0 winners in their last two outings.

Hearts' only victories this season have come against Aberdeen and Hibs and it's incredibly difficult to see that changing against the Steelmen on Saturday.

They may be a young and inexperienced side performing in extremely difficult circumstances but they were dreadful in the 2-0 defeat to Partick last Sunday. I can't recall a Hearts team play as poorly as that before.

Gary Locke's side have now conceded 15 goals in their last four at home and although the possible return of Danny Wilson should help, it's hard to see past 'Well inflicting another heavy defeat on Hearts.

If Motherwell score early, they should go on and win very comfortably indeed. It's 100/30 about them winning by three goals or more which has to be worth a punt.

I also fancy Dundee United to pick up points away from home.

Jackie McNamara's side travel to Inverness on Sunday for a clash of two sides who have fallen out of form in recent weeks.

From early November to mid-December these sides looked almost unbeatable but both have lost three and drawn one of their last four league games.

Inverness don't look the same side under John Hughes as they did when Terry Butcher was in charge and have slipped to fifth in the table.

Defensively they are not as strong as they once were and as a result have lost their last two at home.

United have brought in Farid El-Alagui on loan to add to the prowess in forward areas they already possess.

Coming from 2-0 down to draw with Hibs will also give them a confidence boost which they can take into this game. United are worth backing at 19/10.


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