Kenny can Be the Man

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: November 27 2012, 8:13 GMT

Kenny McLean: Five goals so far this season

1pt Kenny McLean to score anytime v Ross County at 7/1 (Coral).

1pt Motherwell to beat Dundee Utd at 23/10 (Blue Square, 888sport).

Not many seasoned observers of the SPL could have predicted how tight the league table would be as we head into December.

Many, myself included, reckoned Celtic would run away with the title in the absence of any real challenge following Rangers' demise. They may still do but as it stands just six points separate the champions at the top and Kilmarnock in eighth.

Much of that is down to Celtic's domestic shortcomings although the likes of Aberdeen and Hibernian have improved dramatically on last season.

It makes the midweek fixtures tough to call. Hearts v Celtic at Tynecastle is the only fixture in which the gap between the two opponents is more than two points. A home win there would make the SPL table even more intruiging.

St Mirren ended a run of five successive defeats with a 3-1 victory over Dundee on Saturday to move four points clear of the bottom club and to within a point of Tuesday night's opponents Ross County.

Had Saints lost that match they would have been in last place, but a win in Dingwall would move them up to 10th and within touching distance of the top six.

It's a tough match to call but one bet caught my eye in the anytime scorer market.

St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean is rated at 7/1 to get on the scoresheet and that is simply too big to be ignored.

The youngster likes to get forward to support the strikers and has fantastic technique as he displayed in recent goals against Aberdeen and Hibs, two of five he has netted this season.

He is 3/1 in places which makes Coral's 7s about him scoring too good to refuse.

Dundee United are top of the SPL form table but it may be worth siding with Motherwell when they make the trip north on Tuesday.

No side has won more points on the road than 'Well and although the hosts have improved in recent week I'm still not convinced they have hit top form just yet.

They won their opening two home games 3-0 but since then have drawn four and lost one at Tannadice and needed a late comeback to salvage a point against Kilmarnock last time out. They also came back from 2-0 down to draw with Celtic.

That suggests they will be a tough nut to crack for Stuart McCall's men but they are flying away from Fir Park winning their last two trips 3-1 and 5-1.

The Steelmen look reasonable value at 23/10.

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