I’m back with my Scottish football tips for a weekend that features not just league action but the Scottish Cup quarter finals. I’m liking the look of these three picks, here’s hoping for another massive weekend of Scottish action!
The Scottish Cup is back this weekend and it kick-offs with a very tasty looking quarter-final in the capital this evening. Inverness make the long journey South still fighting it out on three fronts but that should become just two if Jack Ross’ side turn up tonight.
Since their return from the Premiership winter break, Hibs have been in magnificent form, losing only once (to Rangers) and winning six of their post-break games. Most interestingly in that run is their Scottish Cup games against runaway Championship leaders Dundee United. The Terrors took Hibs to a replay at Tannadice but the Premiership side never really looked in danger of an exit as they ran out 4-2 winners in the replay on home turf.
Inverness are 18 points behind the side that Hibs dumped out of the cup two rounds ago and I’d expect tonight to be another comfortable Cup tie for the hosts at Easter Road. Inverness have seen their backline decimated by player departures, and in Christian Doidge, Hibs have someone more than capable of breaching even the best organised defences, let alone a new-look, makeshift back four like Caley’s.
Cove Rangers travel to Ochilview with their eyes focused firmly on the League Two title. Despite just being promoted into the SPFL this season, Cove have spent big and are sitting pretty at the summit of the fourth-tier standings, a comfortable eight points clear of Edinburgh City.
Cove will be expecting to win at Stenhousemuir to continue their charge for the League Two trophy at the first time of asking and will be relying once again on the division’s best attack to see them through. The visitors boast not just most goals scored in the division (they’re also the joint-second most prolific side in the SPFL, behind Celtic and level with Rangers), but two of the top three scorers in the league.
Mitch Megginson and Jamie Masson have banged in the goals all season and are a big reason why Cove’s Over 2.5 Match Goals record is so impressive. Paul Hartley’s men have seen 80% of their league games end with at least three goals this term. Stenny’s record is decent too, particularly when you consider their league position, with their matches ending with a minimum of three goals 72% of the time! I’m hoping the two sides’ impressive goal records continue at Ochilview on Saturday and I can land this bet.
Saturday evening’s Scottish Cup quarter final looks very interesting, with Premiership basement boys Hearts hosting Steven Gerrard’s Europa League heroes at Tynecastle. This has all the makings of a classic cup tie- under the lights of a historic stadium, with both sides being able to forget their domestic worries and just go hammer and tongs on the night.
While Rangers performed magnificently on Wednesday, knocking Braga out of the Europa League on their own ground, their league form has been woeful since the return from their winter training camp in Dubai and have seen their title push all but extinguished. Hearts’ form hasn’t been any better, with Daniel Stendl’s men now two points adrift of Hamilton at the foot of the Premiership.
Saturday’s tie should give both sides a chance to take their minds away from their respective domestic woes, and concentrate on booking a trip to Hampden and the Scottish Cup semis. That’s why I’m picking both sides to score, they should play with more freedom than they can afford to in the pressure cooker of the league and their recent clash makes for nice reading. Last time out, Hearts managed to upset the odds and beat Rangers 2-1 at Tynecastle- more of the same tonight boys!