The league may have a new name but the objective will still be the same – trying to win money off the bookies.
In the Championship, Dundee look strong favourites to bounce back to the top division. However, they are probably too short at 6/4 for most people to think they represent any value. Queen of the South have been the best supported team and have been backed from 8/1 to 6/1. Personally, I don’t think they are good enough to win the league, but a top three finish is certainly on the cards. My own particular fancy for a bigger price is Dumbarton at 20/1. Ian Murray was a revelation for them last season, I expect him to take them to the next level, despite the club’s part-time status. The only fear in success would be from him leaving to a bigger job.
As you can imagine, Rangers are the red-hot favourites for League 1. It looks like it could be another long season for them but I expect them to win the league, even if they do stumble over the line again. Therefore, as it was with the Third Division last season, it is the W/O Rangers market where the interest lies. Brechin City have been the best backed team in the whole of Scotland and are now 7/2 favourites, from 8/1. They seem to be paying good wages and have signed some quality players. However, two cup defeats hardly installs confidence. My money is on Dunfermline Athletic at 4/1: they beat Forfar Atheltic 6-1 in the play-offs and also beat Alloa Athletic in one of the legs, to prove they are more than capable at this level. They also have a lot to thank their supporters for and I think Jim Jefferies will drum that into his players
Finally, in League 2 it is all about Peterhead. They will still be wondering how they didn’t manage to beat East Fife in the play offs and if they can start the season like they ended last year then they look a cracking bet 6/4 to make amends. My outside tip is Annan Athletic at 10/1. For me they have the best strike force in the league in David Hopkirk and Peter Weatherson. If both can stay fit and in-form then a play-off place is the least they can hope for.
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