Make a mint with Murray

Gareth Friel fancies Murray Davidson to find the target for St Johnstone at Dundee United in the SPL on Saturday.

Last Updated: 03/05/13 at 10:03 Post Comment

Davidson: Can get on the scoresheet again

Davidson: Can get on the scoresheet again

A glance at the SPL table shows that most of the major issues are already decided. Celtic have sealed the title, Motherwell have ensured second place and Dundee are all but relegated, sitting eight points below St Mirren with three games to go.

The battle is still on to join Motherwell and Hibs in the Europa League next season though, the latter having qualified via the Scottish Cup.

But if Hearts were to enter administration then their points deduction would almost certainly mean they would be relegated instead of Dundee. At the time of writing Ukios Bankas, the bank formerly owned by majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov, is in the process of being declared formally bankrupt.

In the worst-case scenario that could lead to them calling in around £15million owed to them by Hearts - a move that would send the Tynecastle club into administration.

If that was to happen over the next few days it would send the club into chaos, with weekend visitors to Edinburgh St Mirren well placed to take advantage.

But even if we consider what would happen if Hearts are still "trading normally", a St Mirren victory remains a decent bet at 5/2.

Hearts have been beaten six times at Tynecastle already this season - only three sides have lost more on their own patch.

St Mirren aren't great away from home but given the comments this week from Dundee boss John Brown, it's unlikely they will have been more determined to win any other.

In an attempt at mind games, Brown talked about signing Saints players for next season should Dundee survive and said his relegation rivals are "falling apart", have "downed tools" and are "sinking like the Titanic".

Dundee have battled bravely against the drop since Brown was appointed as manager but this could be the weekend their return to the First Division is confirmed (notwithstanding events at Hearts). Saints at 5/2 looks a good bet.

St Johnstone are one of the clubs still in the hunt for the final European place and are just a point behind third-placed Inverness after defeating them 1-0 last Saturday.

They make the short journey to Tannadice to take on Dundee United knowing that a derby win would be a huge boost to their chances of finishing third.

Like most other SPL clubs, the Perth Saints are likely to lose a number of key players in the summer to England, with Murray Davidson high on the list of a number of clubs' summer targets.

The midfielder has enjoyed another fine campaign at McDairmid Park and has weighed in with eight goals, two of them coming in his last five games.

Davidson is adept at getting beyond the strikers into goalscoring positions. Against a Dundee United defence that has been far from convincing all season and conceded eight goals in its last three outings, the midfielder could yet have more joy in front of goal.

11/2 with Coral seems a bit too big for him to score at anytime given that he is 9/4 elsewhere.


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