Brace yourself for Griffiths

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: November 16 2012, 16:08 GMT

Our SPL expert Gareth Friel is backing two of the league's recent headline makers to find the net this weekend.

Leigh Griffiths looks worth backing to bag a brace

Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths was rewarded for his fine goalscoring start to the season as he came off the bench for Scotland against Luxembourg on Wednesday night.

The on-loan Wolves man has scored 12 times so far and faces one of his former clubs Dundee on Saturday.

Griffiths netted from the spot in Hibs' 3-0 win over the bottom club earlier in the season and will be desperate to get on target again at Dens Park this time.

Hibs are flying and lead the SPL table by two points having won four of their last five outings and Griffiths has been their main form of inspiration during that time.

Since drawing 1-1 with Hearts in the second game of the season, Pat Fenlon's men have scored two or more goals in 10 of their 11 matches, an impressive statistic and one that will worry Dundee who have conceded 23 times.

Barry Smith has led his side to four points from their last two games but more than half of the goals they have conceded have been at home. Griffiths looks like he could be the man to provide profits but he is skinny in both the anytime and first goalscorer markets given everything said above.

It may be worth backing him to score two or more goals at 11/2. It may not look huge value but Griffiths has bagged doubles on four separate occasions.

He is also an expert penalty taker, a factor which could come into play given Dundee have conceded from spot-kicks in almost a quarter of their SPL games.

Earlier in the day Celtic travel to Aberdeen in what could be another tricky fixture for the champions.

They have already dropped 14 points in the SPL compared to 21 in the whole of last season - clearly Neil Lennon's focus is on Champions League progression.

But his men will be up for the trip to Pittodrie given the Dons are just a point behind them and two behind Hibs at the top.

Victor Wanyama has made plenty of headlines since joining Celtic and his reputation has been further enhanced by some excellent Champions League performances this term.

He is a goal threat aswell, whether he plays at the back or in midfield. He is a danger from long range and in the air from set-pieces.

The latter is an area where Aberdeen can struggle a bit at times. No side has conceded fewer than the Dons but if they have a weakness in defence it is from corners and free-kicks into the box.

I like the look of Wanyama to score at any time at odds of 3/1.

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