THE PARS’ winning spree continues but a stern test of their credentials occurs on Saturday when they face second-placed Dundee United at East End Park.

The bookmakers make the Pars 31/20 (Bet365), the Terrors 9/5 and a draw 12/5 (188bet). There could be a quibble over whether the layers have actually named the correct favourites but even if the prices were reversed, the fact remains that there should not be much in it.

Prediction: Dunfermline 1 Dundee United 1.

Pars supporters will have a keen interest in the live encounter tomorrow (Friday night, BBC Scotland, 7.05pm) as it features fifth-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle entertaining table-toppers Ross County. The Staggies could do Dunfermline a favour by getting a victory at the Caledonian Stadium, for which they are a 6/4 chance. Caley are 7/4 and a stalemate 13/5 (Bet365).

The only live Premiership action is Celtic’s trip to Dens Park to meet strugglers Dundee (Sky Sports Football, Sunday 12.30pm). The Bhoys are a prohibitive 2/11 to secure the three points, the Dark Blues 18/1 and a draw 13/2 (Betfair Sportsbook). Both teams can be backed at 7/5 off a Celtic -2 handicap, with the tie 3/1.

Rangers versus Kilmarnock is a Saturday 3pm kick-off: the Gers are 4/11 (Skybet), a draw 4/1 and Killie 9/1 (Betfair Sportsbook).

The Six Nations Championship might be done and dusted by the time England and Scotland do battle at Twickenham (ITV, Saturday 5pm) but the Scots would dearly like to register their second win of the campaign and claim the Calcutta Cup irrespective of how much is riding on the game. However, England are overwhelming favourites at 1/12, Scotland are 10/1 (Betway) and the draw 66/1 (Boylesports). England are -18 on the handicap and Scotland +19, both best-priced at 10/11.

Wales are attempting to seal the Grand Slam but Ireland still have an outside squeak of winning the title themselves. The two clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday afternoon (BBC1, 2.45pm) and the contest is expected to be keenly-fought. Wales are 5/6 (Boylesports), Ireland 5/4 (Ladbrokes) and a draw 25/1 (Betvictor). Wales -1 or Ireland +2 are the handicap options, again both at 10/11.

Italy play France in the early game (ITV, Saturday 12.30pm) and are 10/3 to score a surprise win to give themselves the opportunity of avoiding the wooden spoon. France are 1/3 (Betway) and a draw 33/1 (Ladbrokes). Betvictor make Italy a +11 proposition at 10/11 on the handicap, while Betway are France -10 at even money.