AFTER two weeks of cup action, the SFL clubs will finally get their league campaigns underway tomorrow. However, with early season form still very unpredictable, punters are advised to tread carefully. Players are still to find their fitness in these early season games, while new signings are still settling in. There is still no better feeling than celebrating a last minute winner from a club you have no allegiances to, simply because it gives you that winning coupon. Expect plenty of punters throwing their weekly £5 and £10 on an accumulator hoping to strike gold.
The major High Street bookmakers treat SFL football like some poor, second-class citizen – this was actually one of the reasons why McBookie was formed. Indeed, many of them couldn’t tell you the difference between Queen of the South and Queens Park, or East Fife and East Stirlingshire. This can actually be a good thing for punters because the bookmakers often make mistakes, allowing for excellent money-making opportunities.
At McBookie, we don’t proclaim to be the masters when it comes to the lower leagues, but we do try to give the SFL a bit more love and attention. For example, we are the only online bookmaker who allow you to place a first scorer bet on every SFL game. This in itself is a difficult job to manage – there are sure to be errors for punters to capitalize on.
Each week I’ll try to offer some insight into the betting marketplace from a Scottish perspective, and also try to point you in the direction of a few winners.
Dunfermline are the only odds-on shots in the First Division this week, and although it’s a Fife derby against Cowdenbeath, I fully expect them to get off to the perfect start. They missed out on signing the experienced forward Kevin Kyle but should still have enough firepower to beat Cowden. They’re currently 10/11, but I think they will eventually go off a lot shorter.
In the Second Division, I’m going to back Brechin at 4/6 to beat Albion Rovers. I fancy them to go well at a big price in the league, but I was quite surprised to see them lose so heavily to Stenhousemuir in the cup last weekend. However, two of the goals came in the closing minutes when Brechin were down to ten men, so I’m prepared to give them a second chance.
Finally, in the Third Division, I like the look of Montrose to beat Clyde. Martin Boyle was the top scorer last season and although they’re likely to lose him before the transfer window closes, his presence at the club is still there is a major boost. They will take confidence from their cup win against Cowdenbeath last weekend and look decent value at 11/10.
This week’s McBookie Treble: Dunfermline, Brechin and Montrose. £10 treble returns £56.82 profit.
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