THE PARS have got into a good habit of pulling off victories when most needed and they will be hoping this trend continues against second-bottom Ayr United on Saturday.

The Pars are no better than 4/7 to collect the three points, giving a clear indication that the bookmakers want them on side. The Honest Men are 5/1 (Boylesports/Betvictor) and a draw 3/1.

The two sides have drawn more games than any other club in the division but Dunfermline’s recent wins have been against the weaker sides and Betbright’s 8/5 that they cover a -1 handicap is a fair bet.

Prediction: Dunfermline 2 Ayr 0.

Falkirk and Morton are currently Hibernian’s nearest pursuers in the Championship and BBC Alba are covering their clash for their Saturday evening game (5.15pm). The Bairns are 10/11, a draw 13/5 and the ’Ton 29/10 (Betvictor).

Saturday lunchtime’s offering (BT Sport 1, 12.15pm) is the Premiership battle between Aberdeen and Hearts at Pittodrie. The Dons are 4/5 (Hills), the Jambos 4/1 (Bet365) and it is 11/4 the spoils are shared.

Dundee are the next team to try to break Celtic’s unbeaten record (Sky Sports 2, Sunday 12.30pm) but they are a dismissive 16/1 (Paddy Power) to achieve this goal. The Bhoys are 2/9 (Hills) and a draw 6/1.

Rangers trounced Hamilton 6-0 in the Scottish Cup two weeks ago and are 75/1 (Paddy Power) to repeat the dose in a Saturday 3pm contest. The Gers are 4/11 merely to win the game, the Accies are 17/2 and a stalemate 9/2.

England are certainties to win the Rugby Six Nations and Italy are booked for last place but one point separates the other four countries as the tournament reaches its climax on Saturday.

Scotland meet Italy at Murrayfield in the lunchtime game (BBC1 12.30pm) and despite last week’s debacle, the Scots still have an opportunity to finish second if they can beat Italy convincingly and other results are favourable. The match prices are uncompetitive (Scotland are 1/20) but if you fancy Scotland to cover the handicap, 23 is the mark at 10/11.

Later that afternoon, France host Wales (BBC1, 2.45pm); the French are 8/13, a draw 25/1 and Wales 6/4. The handicap is at France -4. England are looking to complete the Grand Slam for the second successive season and are 4/6 (Bet365) to get the job done in Dublin (ITV1 5pm). Ireland are 13/8 and a draw 25/1. The handicap is at England -3 but Betway are offering even money, rather than 10/11, for either side.