The new 2021/22 Scottish Premiership begins this weekend with defending champions Rangers beginning their title defence at home to Livingston in the league’s curtain-raiser on Saturday afternoon.
Scottish Premiership 2021/22 Preview | State-of-Play
Steven Gerrard’s men were in rampant mood the last time the two sides met in May. The Gers ensured their ‘Invincibles’ bid was in no harm of faltering in their final away game of last season as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
The Gers are 51/10 to match that scoreline here.
Dundee boss James McPake has been busy as his side launch their quest for survival against St Mirren. He’s added six new players to his squad this summer, including the permanent signing of Paul McMullan from rivals Dundee Utd.
Last year’s Scottish Championship play-off winners will be looking for a first Dens Park win over the Buddies since 2013 in their seasonal opener.
Can St Johnstone transfer last season’s cup success into a more consistent league campaign in 2021/22?
That will be Callum Davidson’s next big objective as he looks to restore the Saints to the top four for the first time since the 2016/17 season. His charges will be keen to exploit any teething problems at a Ross County side starting an expected season-long fight for safety under new boss Malky Mackay.
Celtic round off the first day of action in the Scottish Premiership, and Ange Postecoglu will be hoping a win in the Bhoys’ seasonal opener at Hearts can help draw a line under a challenging week following their elimination from the Champions League.
It’s 13/5 for last season’s runners-up to grind out the win by a one-goal margin and spoil the Jam Tarts’ return to top-flight action.
Aberdeen fans only had a small sample size to judge Stephen Glass’ tactical acumen last season.
With a full pre-season under his belt, the 45-year-old will be under some early pressure to ensure the Dons can at least be best of the rest again behind the Old Firm after finishing fourth for the last three seasons in a row.
A home game against a Dundee Utd side also in transition under Tam Courts looks an ideal litmus test of the extent of his summer progress.
To finish third, the Dons will be out to close the gap on a Hibernian side that look nice and settled under the guidance of Jack Ross after he extended his deal for another two years in pre-season.
He’ll be hoping for a repeat of the clinical performance that saw his side run out comfortable 3-0 winners at Fir Park last December as the Hibees travel to Motherwell.
The visitors are 49/20 to win to nil in their first outing of the campaign.
Scottish Premiership Best Bets
Our three Scottish Premiership betting tips this round of fixtures are as follows…
Scottish Premiership Predictions | Correct Score Predictions
Here are our Scottish Premiership predictions for the opening weekend …
Saturday 31st July
RANGERS 3-0 LIVINGSTON
DUNDEE 1-1 ST MIRREN
ROSS COUNTY 1-2 ST JOHNSTONE
HEARTS 0-1 CELTIC
Sunday 1st August
ABERDEEN 1-0 DUNDEE UTD
MOTHERWELL 0-1 HIBERNIAN
Scottish Premiership Outright Winner Betting
Here are the outright odds ahead of the start of the 2021/22 campaign…
- RANGERS – 1/2
- CELTIC – 29/20
- ABERDEEN – 80/1
- HIBERNIAN – 100/1
- HEARTS – 250/1
2021/22 Predicted Scottish Premiership Table
Our predictions for the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership are as follows…
- ST JOHNSTONE
- ST MIRREN
- DUNDEE UTD
- ROSS COUNTY
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.