St Johnstone - Dundee United Betting Preview: Why backing goals galore can provide a path to profit

Tommy Wright's Saints tackle Jackie McNamara's Terrors in the Scottish Cup final this weekend and our tipster is expecting plenty of goalmouth action in Saturday's showpiece match
Celtic may have romped to the Scottish Premiership title this season, but it is St Johnstone and Dundee United who will take centre stage north of the border on Saturday afternoon when they meet in the Scottish Cup final at Celtic Park.

Dundee United are regarded as favourites to claim the silverware, with the Terrors chalked up at 11/10 (2.10) with William Hill to win on Saturday afternoon while the same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that the match finishes level after 90 minutes.

For Tommy Wright’s Saints, Saturday’s showpiece will represent St Johnstone’s first ever appearance in the Scottish Cup final and the Perth club are rated as an 11/5 (3.20) chance with William Hill to claim victory in Glasgow.

Despite being underdogs, the Saints will go into Saturday’s clash buoyed by their recent record against Jackie McNamara’s men, with St Johnstone having won four of their last five matches against United. Indeed, St Johnstone have kept a clean sheet in each of those four victories.

Jackie McNamara’s side, though, ran out as 4-0 winners when the two sides met at Tannadice back in August and the Terrors will be hoping for a repeat of that outcome here.

United certainly boast plenty of firepower, having notched an impressive 65 league goals in the Scottish Premiership this season – a total only bettered by runaway champions Celtic – while St Johnstone striker Stevie May will pose a massive threat to the Terrors.

The 21-year-old has scored 20 league goals for Wright’s men this term and, having scored five goals against United already this season, there is no doubt that May will be brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s match.

May can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill to break the deadlock this weekend, while the 5/4 (2.25) quote from the same firm for the Saints striker to score at any time is sure to prove popular with punters.

It is worth noting, too, that the Scottish Cup final is a fixture that often produces goals, with three or more goals being scored in five of the last six finals.

With that in mind, there may be value in backing the generous 19/20 (1.95) quote from William Hill for three or more goals to be scored when these two sides go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon.

Over 2.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) 2pts stake with William Hill

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