THERE’S been a decent bit of chat about the anteposts on the site but as yet I haven’t put up any tips.

It’s not a market I’m a great fan of – I prefer to place my bets and know if I’ve backed winners or losers hours later.

Handing bookies money to look after for nine months isn’t No.1 on my list of priorities but I’m aware loads of people love them and a low-stakes accumulator at big prices can provide a great deal of excitement.

The priceless Racing Post antepost pullout comes out on August 4 and apart from Scottish Premiership picks – with the top flight north of the border kicking off this weekend – I won’t be putting up others until I read their publication.

It will save me hours and hours of research as it will be packed full of stats and facts, transfer ins and outs and tips – although I’ll make my own mind about the tips.

Anyone who has any thoughts about any leagues at this stage should feel free to add their input and also keep tabs on the We Love Betting site where I hear their will be dozens of antepost previews starting from now.

As far as the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership goes we already know Celtic will be crowned champions in May. I’ve seen some suggestions that Aberdeen can push Ronny Deila’s side all the way but they won’t.

The Dons did well last season to keep the race alive for so long and while their squad looks slightly stronger I can’t see them getting much closer to a side on another level financial wise.

Aberdeen will be happy to have kept manager Derek McInnes and their top players and they’ve already won two Europa League ties – including a superb 3-0 win away to Croats Rijeka.

The signs up at Pittodrie are promising but it’s another second-place finish and I’m assuming they’ll be targeting a possible win in the League Cup or William Hill Scottish Cup. To win the league without Celtic the Dons are 8-11 at McBookie and Betfred.

Put Celtic in there and you can have 25-1 but that looks incredibly skinny. Last season the gap was 17 points with Celtic taking 12 out of 12 from their closest rivals and I’d be surprised if it was any fewer than 15 this time round.

Deila has lost Jason Denayer and could still see Virgil van Dijk go but has brought in Dedryck Boyata to replace Denayer and Nadir Ciftci has been added to strengthen the strikeforce. In Premiership terms the team looks as strong as last year and Aberdeen’s only chance of keeping it close going into spring will be if the Hoops reach the Champions League groups and the Dons don’t make it that far in the Europa League.

Celtic are a best 1-20 with William Hill while Hearts are predicted to be third at 66-1 with Ladbrokes. For me they’re top-six certs but are battling with Inverness and St Johnstone for third spot.

Dundee United continue to be a selling club (mainly to Celtic) and could struggle to make the top six. They’ve lost all six pre-season friendlies but against some decent opposition and boss Jackie McNamara says he isn’t concerned. We’ll get an early indication about United’s form when they face Aberdeen in Sunday’s live TV encounter.

The battle at the bottom promises to be just as exciting as last year with Hamilton justifiable favourites to finish last with 4-1 at Ladbrokes and others. Kilmarnock, who just survived last season, are 9-2 at Paddy Power and much will depend on how their Rangers recruits Kris Boyd, Lee McCulloch and Stevie Smith fare.

Motherwell are likely to be the other side battling to stay up. They survived by thrashing Rangers in the play-offs but have lost strikers Lee Erwin and John Sutton although Scott McDonald has re-signed. Well are 5-1 at bet365 to finish at the foot.

Talking of Rangers they’ve been cut to a best 8-13 with the likes of Betfred and no bigger than 1-2 at bet365 and William Hill after their stunning 6-2 win at Hibs in the Challenge Cup at the weekend.

New boss Mark Warburton played down the result but there’s no doubt he’s put together a decent side and knows what he’s doing. It’s tough to back against Rangers and they’re trying to hurt closest rivals Hibs by signing star man Scott Allan.

I tipped Hibs without Rangers at 4-5 with William Hill a couple of weeks ago and stand by that although best price is now 8-11 at Paddy Power.

As it stands I see Rangers first, Hibs second, St Mirren third and Falkirk fourth with the rest nowhere. That includes QoS who made last season’s play-offs but have lost their best players with boss James Fowler turning to youth in a bid to rebuild.

Hibs are 13-5 at Stan James with Hibs 9-1 at bet365 and Falkirk 33-1 at Ladbrokes, McBookie and William Hill.

Alloa are drop favourites but I’d prefer to back promoted Morton at 4-1 with Skybet.

I’ll put up my Scottish Premiership anteposts picks before the weekend with the rest of the UK predictions added next week. Remember the date for the free Racing Post pullout … August 4.

And don’t forget to check out We Love Betting for antepost tips galore. They’re backing Dunfermline for League One and Clyde for League Two and it’s difficult to argue against either pick.

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  1. barry67 3 years ago

    Like the look of celtic/aberdeen/hearts treble and a rangers/hibs/st.mirren treble too. Also with the summer signings they have made to a strong squad Man Utd could very well win the English premiership but i think alot depends on who/if they sign a decent stricker if not 2. So possibly a treble of Man Utd/Chelsea/Man City finish

  2. GAZ B 3 years ago

    By “treble ” do you mean tricast? Man U ? Really?

  3. rolanrat 3 years ago

    chelsea,man c,arsenal,man u

  4. Sean567 3 years ago

    Just noticed this and it has me stumped. I won’t be betting on it but I’m wondering if anyone can shed any light. Chelsea to win the prem league are 6/4. Chelsea to win the league +0 on the handicaps are 15/1 with bet 365. Thoughts anyone?

  5. Derek 3 years ago

    Mr F, Motherwell won’t be down at the bottom this time around, in actual fact I think we will be top 6 comfortably this year, made some decent signings and held onto the likes of ainsworth, Johnson and McDonald

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      Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      Derek, to be honest there are six or seven sides who look evenly matched. Well could just as easily be sixth as bottom. At the moment I can’t pick a side to go down.

  6. Sean567 3 years ago

    Same with Celtic. 1/33 to win the league but 9/1 +0 on handicap betting. You know anything bout this mr f?

  7. Ian 3 years ago

    Sean,thats the handicap list,all teams are 15/1, and get points at the start of the season,in this case Chelsea get 0, man city prob +2 etc all the way down to the bottom clubs ho will get +40 etc hope this makes more sense.

  8. Sean567 3 years ago

    Cheers Ian it did dawn on me that these teams would maybe have to beat everyone on the list.
    So if I put on Man U +7 and Aberdeen +20 if they finish say 6 and 19 points behind the league winners would that be a winning bet or do they have to beat everyone’s handicap too

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      Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      Sean567, I was looking at Aberdeen’s handicap price yesterday and Ladbrokes go 8-1 +20 points but they have to beat everyone else too. Hearts for example are +33 and Dundee Utd +35.

  9. Sean567 3 years ago

    Cheers mr f. Yeah was thinking along the lines of an ante post lucky 15 of Adam Rooney top scorer, hibs w/out rangers Aberdeen w/out Celtic and 1 other when I wondered if (And why) the 9/1 +20 was so much better value/priced. Same with man +7 @15s. Not so sure now that they have to beat everyone. Maybe just stick to them to win without Celtic

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      Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      Sean567, you probably won’t get Rooney and Aberdeen without Celtic on the same line. Handicap betting is tricky because all it takes is a side such as Swansea last season or Everton in the past to have a great year and they’ll beat everyone.

  10. Sean567 3 years ago

    Yeah I’ve had to settle for Dunfermline hull Aberdeen wout Celtic and hibs wout rangers as a lucky 15 and both the rooneys ew to be too scorers in the epl and spl

  11. bobo 3 years ago

    Got leicester to be relegated 9/2 ladbrokes now 3/1

  12. Harry 3 years ago


    Arsenal – Top 2 finish

    2.62 stanjames

    Stoke – Top 10 finish

    2.15 ladbrokes

    Crystal Palace – Top 10 finish

    3.00 betvictor

    Middlesborough – Winner (EW 3 at 1/4)

    8.50 winner

  13. Sean Ireland 3 years ago


    PREM LG WINNERS CHELSEA @ 13/8 paddypower
    Hard to look past the holders again this season with a strong squad of disiplined players who are able to build on the fact that they know each others strengths plus a manager second to none in building a wiining mentality.They completed last season with just 3 defeats from 38 games a total far beyond their closest rivals last term City and Arsenal who both amassed 7 defeats each,both have added to their squads but not enough to overhaul a Chelsea team that won by 8 points despite rarely getting into top gear after christmas and who also won 15/19 homes losing none and conceding just 9 goals.


    Boro were unlucky not to qualify last season and boasted by far the best defense in the lg conceding 8 less than secong best defense and lg winners Bournemouth.Boro boasted joint top home record winning 15/23 losing just 3 and conceding just 12 times.Boro have signed some very strong looking players so far this summer,Stewart Downing could still be a top flight star but chose to drop down a division, the capture of Uruguay striker Stuani from Espanyol a player very strong in the air who should vastly improve Boros goal scoring stats this season and have strengthened defense further in adding Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas on a season-long loan deal. Boro look even stronger than last season so its hard to favour anyone above them.
    Id add the above to the usual suspects of:
    ABERDEEN W/O CELTIC @ 8/11 Skybet
    and at less than favourable odds,Bayern,PSG and Dundalk.
    Good Luck.

    • Sean Ireland 3 years ago

      Wigan look to have a good squad with the likes of Max Power a cracking young player signed in July from Tranmere in midfield,Will Grigg from Brentford who scored 20 goals last season on loan at MK Dons and Craig Davies from Bolton. Wigan available @ 5/2 skybet.

      Two teams im looking at in lg 2 are Portsmouth and Luton Pompey manager Paul Cook has been able to attract several League 1 calibre players including Michael Doyle, Gary Roberts, Adam Barton and Adam McGurk this should be enough to ensure they will be thereabouts at the top come seasons end.
      Luton are also showing their intent having poached the likes of Danny Green and Josh McQuoid from the higher divisions and were just three points outside the play-off places last season following promotion from the Conference the season before,i can see them really pushing for promtion this time.
      Portsmouth to be promoted @ 5/6 paddypower.
      Luton to be promoted @ 9/4 titanbet

  14. leecunliffe 3 years ago

    Like the look of lakaku top scorer 33/1 Each way pays 5 places and the paddy power offer of £2 free bet for every goal scored means 10 goals for him will recover your stakes. Everton got to be better this year with no European football and lakaku got to be within a shout of least getting in top 5

  15. Donald Priest 3 years ago

    I know what you mean
    Paul regarding season long bets but I like them.
    Big money to be had, not likely I know but possible. Done a variety of bets with these teams.
    Queens Park ew

    Barnet to go down
    Creates interest over the season, hopefully.
    Good luck to one and all.

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      Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      Donald, to be honest I forget about half the bets I place. I agree with you about Dunfermline and Queen’s Park but will be backing Middlesbrough and Wigan ahead of Derby and Swindon.

  16. Declan 3 years ago

    Just wondering what people think of this as an antepost accum-Stoke finish top half (Evs), Hearts to finish above St. Johnstone (8/13), Wycombe top 7 (17/10), Middlesborough top 6 (8/13), Hibs without Rangers to win Scot Championship (8/11), SA to win their group at Rugby World Cup (1/12)
    I know SA 1/12 but seems a guarantee-was wondering about Fenerbahce to win Turkish league but not sure
    Any opinions much appreciated

  17. keith 3 years ago

    think good bet to win leagues chelsea middlesborough sheff utd celtic rangers

  18. Gazman 3 years ago

    Declan all look good picks ,much the same as mine ,like aberdeen 8-11 without celtic and dunfermine have had a good pre season

  19. mattr 3 years ago

    Harry Kane Top Premier League Goalscorer 12/1

    Having watched him a little in pre-season I am quite confident about this. He would have been highest scorer easy last season if he had started playing before November and I really have no concerns over the 2nd season syndrome. I haven’t seen an English striker like him since Alan Shearer. Yes I can be accused of being biased but I also feel I am educated enough on my team to make this tip with full confidence.


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