Aug 13: Scottish Betting Preview


I TIPPED Kilmarnock at 7-2 to be relegated on the anteposts and one week into the new season they are the 5-2 favourites to finish bottom of the Premiership.

They’ve been cut following the first set of results and the recent sale of Irish international striker Josh Magennis to Charlton.

Hamilton have been pushed out to 3-1 and with the sides meeting today the market could move again.

McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: “It looks like being another long season for Kilmarnock fans and the sale of Magennis is a massive body blow.  It might only be the second game of the league season but if they lose to Hamilton they will face an uphill battle.”

Hamilton played well in drawing 1-1 with Rangers last week and tempt at 6-5 with boylesports.

Rangers tripped up me and a lot of punters by failing to beat Hamilton last week and pressure is on to beat Dundee at Dens.

Dee have now sold star strikers Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart while Gers are without last season’s top scorer Martyn Waghorn. Difficult call this but Rangers can edge it at 10-13 with 188Bet.

The Highland derby between Inverness and Ross County is tough to call but there are usually goals. Both to score pays 5-6 at McBookie and I’ll be on the same bet at Motherwell v St Johnstone that pays 10-11 with bet365.

Meanwhile when will Alloa’s bubble burst? That’s the big question.

The Wasps have started the season in super style with six wins in a row including the scalps of Ross County and Inverness on their way to the Betfred Cup quarter-finals.

My Tuesday Super Single was Alloa draw no bet at 13-5 and they featured on my homes last week as they pumped Peterhead 4-0.

The perfect run has to end but hopefully it’s not today as bookies are offering better than evens in a win at Stranraer.

While Alloa have excelled the Blues have lost three in a row and conceded 11 goals. A pair of 3-0 defeats to Rangers and Motherwell in the Cup was followed by an even heavier 5-1 thumping at Livingston in the League One last week.

Alloa’s perfect record has to end but hopefully it’s not today as bookies are offering better than evens. Betfred go a best 13-10 and other bets to consider are to score 2+ and 3+ at 21-20 and 10-3 with McBookie respectively.

The Championship games look easier to call than those in the Premiership. Dundee United dazzled at Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup and should dump Dumbarton whose 4-3 defeat at Dunfermline was flattered by potting two late penalties.

If they repeat that display they can win at a canter but are no bigger than 8-11 at William Hill. With the Sons leaking goals – nine in three games – look at United and over 2.5 match goals at 9-4 with McBookie.

On-loan Aberdeen striker Cammy Smith will be in the mood after his midweek treble and he is 5-1 at McBookie to break the deadlock.

Hibs v Dunfermline could be a high-scoring cracker. Neil Lennon was raging at his players after they crashed at home to Queen of the South in the Cup after missing bundles of chances.

It was the same last week against Falkirk when they won 2-1. The Pars’ last three games have featured 15 goals so consider over 3.5 at 15-8 at McBookie. Hibs should win but they can’t be trusted at such a short price.

Another side I like are Queen of the South. Boss Gavin Skelton tried to nick the headlines from sister Helen with that win at Hibs and having also drawn with Dundee United they should take full points when Ayr visit. Queens are a best 3-4 at Coral.

Morton v Falkirk and Raith v St Mirren aren’t easy calls but I reckon both games will see goals.

Bets to Consider


Inverness v Ross Co btts

Hibs & btts

Queen of the South

Smith (Dundee Utd) to score first



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  1. Profile photo of recoba
    recoba 9 months ago

    Thought the picture for the Scottish football preview would be a one off @mr-fixit.!?
    Got to clock Mr McKinnon’s face every week now before reading the preview! 😲
    Something different i suppose. 👍

    • Profile photo of Mr Fixit Author
      Mr Fixit 9 months ago

      It’s the only ex-Clydebank player we’ve got.
      Anyway the lead off is on Hamilton v Kilmarnock.

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