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Inverness CT v Motherwell: Both teams to score a route to profit

| 24.07.2015

Inverness enjoyed a superb campaign last time out and will open this season with expectations weighing heavily on their shoulders.

Caley slipped out of the Europa League in pre-season, failing to qualify after a narrow two-legged defeat to Romanian outfit FC Astra, but other than that it has been an unbeaten build-up to the new campaign.

John Hughes’ side are now a force to be reckoned with at this level. The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium has become a fortress, with only Aberdeen and Partick Thistle claiming Premiership victories at the venue last season and the 7/10 about them registering an opening-day victory against Motherwell reflects that.

In stark contrast, The Well endured a horror season in 2014-15, narrowly avoiding a drop into the second tier for the first time since 1986 thanks to a play-off win over Rangers.

However, Ian Baraclough has performed some serious surgery on his squad, cutting no fewer than 12 players this summer and bringing seven in. Such an unknown quantity may warrant interest at 4/1.

The visitors have added well in the forward department, securing former Burnley youngster Wes Fletcher on a free transfer. The undoubtedly talented 24-year-old hit double figures in his first season at York City after leaving Turf Moor but struggled for consistency last year. He has been productive in pre-season, scoring twice and he’s 9/1 to open the scoring here.

These two sides conceded well over 100 goals between them in the previous campaign and with four of their preceding five clashes seeing both teams find the net.

A both teams to score bet at evens is one to be seriously considered.

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Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.