Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SUTTON DUCKS; Ex-Jambo Can Fire Well to Easy Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SUTTON DUCKS; Ex-Jambo Can Fire Well to Easy Win

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Byline: MR FIXIT Paul Jain

I WAS reluctant to make Motherwell my headline tip for the third week running - but they haven't let us down yet.

Two weeks ago they served us swell by thrashing Partick Thistle while last weekend it was the pitch that beat us.

After all today they face Hearts - and everyone beats them just now (except St Mirren).

Gary Locke's strugglers have picked up just that point in Paisley in their last seven outings and it's getting tougher for a side short on confidence and even shorter on players.

Unfortunately bookies are taking no chances and they've priced the game as if Hearts are playing someone like Celtic.

The Jambos are a biggest 7-1 at McBookie and that's unheard of at home to a side outside the Old Firm.

That means Motherwell are no bigger than 1-2 (various) but it's understandable after five wins in a row and a week off.

So while Hearts haven't been hammered at home by anyone except Celtic you have to expect Well to cover the -1 handicap as Partick did at Tynecastle last week.

Well -1 pays 11-10 at bet 365 and for the more adventurous -2 is 16-5 at McBookie and -3 is 8-1 with the Scots firm.

John Sutton heads for his former side having hit four in his last five matches. He is 9-2 at Paddy Power and 6-5 to net at anytime.

Lionel Ainsworth has netted in the last four matches, all Motherwell wins, and is 13-5 at William Hill to score in an away success.

Hearts are still on minus points this season and Hills have priced when they will move into plus figures. It's 4-1 v Motherwell, 9-2 next week v St Johnstone, 4-1 v Ross County and 4-5 they are still on minus points on February 1. Elsewhere in the Premiership the games look pretty close to call.

St Johnstone have lost their last two but return to McDiarmid Park and should beat St Mirren.

They are a best 10-11 at Hills and Coral and Nigel Hasselbaink is 7-4 at William Hill to net against his ex-Buddies teammates for third time in succession. …

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