Paulo Sergio's Heart of Midlothian may be looking forward to a Scottish Cup Final appearance but Stuart McCall's Motherwell will provide a stern test. Willie Duncan expects goalsMotherwell are firmly in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League qualification stage for the first time in the club’s history.
Stuart McCall’s side can all but secure their place in Europe’s premier club competition if they can overcome Paulo Sergio’s Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle on Tuesday night.
The current financial crisis engulfing Rangers means that the club finishing third in this year’s Scottish Premier League table would make it to the Champions League.
A 5-1 demolition of St Johnstone at Fir Park on Saturday means that victory on Tuesday would put Motherwell eight points clear of nearest rivals Dundee United with United having three matches left to play.
McCall’s men are chalked up at 19/10 (2.90) with 188Bet to pick up a hugely important victory while Paulo Sergio’s side, who are looking to overhaul fifth placed St Johnstone to ensure participation in next season’s Europa League are priced up at 5/4 (2.25) 188Bet to celebrate a home win on Wednesday. The same firm make the draw an 11/5 (3.20) chance.
Motherwell defeated Hearts on both occasions when the Jambos visited Fir Park this term but Paulo Sergio’s team gave their fans an early Christmas gift by securing a 2-0 victory over ‘Well when the teams met at Tynecastle on Christmas Eve.
On this occasion, Hearts may be distracted by an impending Scottish Cup final meeting with city rivals Hibernian and Sergio may opt to rest a few key players following a bruising 2-2 draw with Dundee United on Saturday.
The Jambos, though, will be keen to pile the pressure on St Johnstone in the race for Europe and this has all the makings of an exciting encounter.
Therefore, the quote of 51/50 (2.02) from 188Bet for three or more goals to be scored looks to represent fine value.
This is especially true when you consider that both clubs were involved in high-scoring matches at the weekend and overs represents the best bet on offer here. The Jambos' usually impressive home form means that the 17/2 (9.50) on a 2-1 home win is the value pick.
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|Over 2.5 goals at 51/50 (2.02) with 188Bet||Hearts to win 2-1 at 17/2 (9.50) with 188Bet|
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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter here.