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Scottish Premiership Wednesday preview: Hard to see mistakes from big two

There are four Scottish Premiership encounters to look forward to on Wednesday, with both frontrunners Celtic and main chasers Rangers in action.

The Hoops welcome St Mirren to Celtic Park, while the Gers are on the road as they make the 33-mile trip down the M77 to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Hoops enjoying home comforts

WhatCeltic v St Mirren
WhereCeltic Park, Glasgow
When19:45, Wednesday 18th January
How to watchCeltic TV
OddsCeltic 1/9, Draw 8/1, St Mirren 20/1

Celtic are in the midst of a run that has seen them win all of their last 12 home games in the Premiership, as they welcome St Mirren to Parkhead.

The reigning champions have been truly formidable, with the last league defeat at Celtic Park coming back on 30th January 2021.

Ironically it was St Mirren who inflicted that defeat on the Hoops, thanks to goals from Kristian Dennis and Ilkay Durmus.

Saints have enjoyed more recent success against Celtic as they also managed to earn a shock 2-0 win over the Bhoys earlier this season in the Premiership, which ended a four-game winless run against the champions.

However, it’s hard to see the visitors pulling off another shock against Ange Postecoglou’s side, as they head into this encounter without a win in their last four games.

Celtic have improved defensively with back-to-back clean sheets and a home Win to Nil is available at 8/11.

Meanwhile, Kyogo Furuhashi will be eager to get back to scoring ways after drawing a blank in his last two outings, both against Kilmarnock.

The Japanese forward, who has 15 goals in 19 Premiership appearances this season, is currently 9/4 to be First Goalscorer against Saints on Wednesday night.

Hearts the best of the rest

WhatHearts v Aberdeen
WhereTynecastle, Edinburgh
When19:45, Wednesday 18th January 
How to watchHearts TV
OddsHearts 23/20, Draw 12/5, Aberdeen 12/5

While Celtic and Rangers are way out in front, Hearts are winning the battle to be the "best of the rest" in the race for third spot.

With four points between themselves and Livingston in fourth, Hearts are on a six-game unbeaten run in the Premiership as they prepare to welcome Aberdeen to Tynecastle.

Earning three wins in their last four league outings, they have shown excellent form under manager Robbie Nielson.

The same can’t be said for the Dons, who will still be reeling from the League Cup semi-final defeat in extra-time at the hands of Rangers.

With one win in their last seven games in all competitions, pressure is starting to mount on manager Jim Goodwin to turn things around.

It won’t be easy on Wednesday against an in-form Hearts in the capital, with the hosts looking well-priced at 23/20 to claim the three points.

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Rangers finding some momentum

WhatKilmarnock v Rangers
WhereRugby Park, Kilmarnock
When20:00, Wednesday 18th January 
How to watchSky Sports Football
OddsKilmarnock 7/1, Draw 9/2, Rangers 1/3

Having brought in Michael Beale to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Ibrox in November, Rangers are starting to find some form with their new manager in the dugout.

Unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions, the Gers are moving in the right direction and will have been delighted with their League Cup semi-final win last time out against Aberdeen at Hampden Park.

It was hardly vintage football from the Light Blues, but they got the job done and can now look forward to a League Cup final showdown with Celtic on 26th February back at Hampden.

Before that trip to the final, they can’t afford any mistakes in the Premiership if they are to stand a chance of leapfrogging frontrunners Celtic.

There is a nine-point gap between the sides after Rangers failed to edge out a win over the Hoops in their recent clash at Ibrox.

Back-to-back wins over Dundee United and the Dons have put Gers back on course after the 2-2 draw with the Hoops and now Beale’s side can look forward to a trip to Kilmarnock this week.

Killie have had a tough run, with back-to-back defeats to Celtic followed by in-form Rangers heading to Rugby Park.

The hosts have lost their last four meetings with Rangers, but did manage to beat the Old Firm outfit at Rugby Park in February 2020.

Considering the form the Light Blues find themselves in, it’s hard seeing Killie causing another upset this time around.

A fifth win on the bounce for Rangers against Kilmarnock is currently 1/3, while the Gers in the leading in the Half Time/Full Time market is available at 20/21.

Close encounter expected in West Lothian

Wednesday night also sees Livingston welcome Dundee United to the Tony Macaroni Arena.

David Martindale’s side have been one of the surprise packages in the Premiership this season, with Livi sat in fourth place in the table after back-to-back wins over Ross County and St Johnstone.

Now unbeaten in their last four league outings, Livingston will be full of confidence, as they prepare to face a Terrors side who are without a win in their last two outings.

A 2-0 defeat to Rangers was followed by a respectable 2-2 draw on the road at Hibernian last time out.

Livi secured a 1-0 win at United in their Premiership meeting earlier this season, before the Tangerines earned a 2-1 win in the League Cup, so another tight contest is expected.

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