Hearts offer outstanding SPFL opening weekend value

craig levein

The 2018-19 Scottish Premiership campaign gets underway on Saturday, with more interest in the league than at any time over the last two decades.

Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Rangers is the main reason behind the focus on the SPFL, but there seems to be improvements throughout the division.

Hearts to win at Hamilton @ 11/10

Hearts have been one of the busiest teams in the summer transfer window, with Craig Levein bringing in no fewer than 12 new signings to Tynecastle.

The stand out capture for the Edinburgh club is experienced striker Steven Naismith, who re-joins the Jambos for a second loan spell. The former Rangers and Kilmarnock man is 11/4 to ‘Score at Anytime on Saturday.

In contrast, Hamilton have lost their main attacking threat, with the sale of winger David Templeton to Burton Albion likely to hit them hard.

Celtic v Livingston – Edouard to score 2 or more @ 19/10

Brendan Rodgers’ squad start their attempt to win an eighth league title in a row, with an opening game against newly promoted Livingston.

It’s not the start Kenny Miller would have wanted to his managerial career, with Livingston having never beaten Celtic in 18 attempts – claiming just one draw.

Odsonne Edouard is Celtic’s big money signing of the summer – joining from PSG for £10million after a successful loan – and he already looks a great addition. He was head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch in the recent clash with Rosenborg and should get his SPFL career off to a flying start.

Aberdeen v Rangers – Under 2.5 goals @ 20/29

The teams that finished second and third respectively last season meet at Pittodrie on the opening weekend of the campaign, but there is likely to be a raft of changes to the starting XI’s compared to their last meeting.

The Dons departure of Adam Rooney to non-league English club Salford was a big talking point, but they remain solid at the back under Derek McInnes. They conceded just 16 goals at home last term and will look to frustrate Gerrard’s men.

Rangers have impressed in their Europa League qualifiers and pre-season outings, conceding just one goal in six games to date. The Glasgow giants are 13/2 to win 0-1 on Sunday.

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