SEVEN-GOAL thrillers are invariably high on entertainment value but Dunfermline’s defeat to Dundee has set them back in their quest to cement a play-off berth.

However, they still occupy the final spot and victory at second-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday would help their position considerably. The bookmakers chalk up Caley at 5/4, a draw 12/5 and the Pars 23/10 (Skybet).

Both sides have taken nine points from a possible 15 and this has the makings of a tight contest. A draw has not featured in the last eight fixtures for either side but the stalemate could end on Saturday.

Prediction: Inverness CT 2 Dunfermline 2.

The Hibernian versus Rangers encounter tomorrow (Friday) night at Easter Road is the only match to be televised live this weekend (BT Sport 1, 7.45pm). The Gers are expected to maintain the pressure on their Old Firm rivals by disposing of their Edinburgh counterparts; the Glaswegians are 2/5, the Hi-Bees 7/1 (Coral) and a draw 17/4 (Hills). The -1 handicap market has Rangers at 11/10 (Betway), Hibs 2/1 and a tie 11/4.

Celtic meet Aberdeen at Parkhead in a Saturday 3pm fixture. The Bhoys are expected to increase the gap between themselves and their third-placed opponents to 14 points by 5pm: Celtic are 2/7, a draw 24/5 (Hills) and Aberdeen 12/1. The Glaswegian giants are 4/5 (Betfred) off a -1 handicap, the Dons 3/1 and a tie 14/5 (both prices Betway).

The Alexandra Palace is hosting the PDC World Championship, the main darts event of the year. A total of 96 hopefuls started the tournament but the field has been whittled down steadily over the last few days. Michael Van Gerwen is the 11/10 favourite as he bids to win the title for the fourth time. Gerwyn Price is 5/1 (Skybet/Boylesports), the two main Scottish contenders, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson, are 12/1 and 14/1 respectively, Dave Chisnall 25/1, Nathan Aspinall 33/1, Daryl Gurney and Glen Durrant both 40/1, James Wade 50/1 and then it is 66/1 and upwards the remaining competitors.