Scottish Day Bet of the Day: Motherwell - St Johnstone

Stuart McCall's men are in fine form and our man north of the border can see the Steelmen claiming all three points against the Saints at Fir Park on Wednesday afternoon
In-form Motherwell will look to take another step towards Europa League qualification when they welcome St Johnstone to Fir Park on New Year’s Day.

Stuart McCall’s men romped to an emphatic 5-1 victory over Partick Thistle on Sunday afternoon to claim a fourth successive league victory and the Steelmen will be in confident mood ahead of the visit of Tommy Wright’s side.

St Johnstone enjoyed an impressive 3-0 victory over 10-man Dundee United on Sunday and will look to take another significant scalp when they visit Lanarkshire.

The Steelmen have been solid on home soil this season, claiming six victories in nine league matches at Fir Park and look decent value at 4/5 (1.80) with Coral to further improve upon that record by picking up all three points on Wednesday.

St Johnstone, by contrast, have won just once on the road in eight league matches thus far this term and can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) with Coral to shock the Steelmen here. The draw is available at 9/4 (3.25) with the same firm.

Scotland internationalist James McFadden, currently enjoying his second spell with the Fir Park club, was on target against Partick on Sunday and the 30-year-old forward can be backed at a chunky 7/1 (8.0) with Coral to score first on Wednesday while the same firm offer an appealing 2/1 (3.0) quote that McFadden nets at any time.

Motherwell’s top scorer this season, John Sutton, also in his second spell at Fir Park, had to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench on Sunday but came off the bench to net and the former Heart of Midlothian front man can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) to break the deadlock for the Steelmen against the Saints.

Stevie May represents the biggest threat for the visitors and the 20-year-old forward, who bagged a hat-trick against Dundee United on Sunday, is excellent value at 7/4 (2.75) to find the net again on Wednesday.

However, with the Saints struggling to find form on the road, it is the 4/5 (1.80) quote for Motherwell to claim all three points that is the recommended play for punters here.

Motherwell to win at 4/5 (1.80) 3pts with Coral

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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