SATURDAY sees the resumption of the West leagues and that means a return to action for William Hill’s Owen Scott and McBookie’s Paul Petrie.
The dynamic duo will be putting up trebles every weekend and keeping a tally of their winnings.
It’s Paul whose had the bragging rights the past few seasons so Owen’s hoping to do better – and he has no excuses as he supports Cumnock.
Like my team Clydebank, Cumnock were relegated from the West Super to the West First last season and both are favourites to go straight back up. Nock have spent plenty of money and are rightly being tipped for the title while Bankies have almost a new team of young, hungry players and on the evidence so far should do well. I’ll tell you more after seeing their league opener at Ardrossan Winton Rovers.
For those who don’t know anything about junior football the level of the top clubs is equivalent or in some cases better than Scottish League 2 outfits and we can gauge that easier now with the champions of the three regions – North, East and West – qualifying to play in the William Hill Scottish Cup along with the Junior Cup winners.
The term “junior” has nothing to do with players’ ages and it often confuses people outside Scotland. Some of the top clubs such as Auchinleck, Hurlford, Irvine Meadow and Linlithgow pay bigger wages than most League 1 and League 2 teams and therefore attract players who could be plying their trade at a higher level.
McBookie list all games online and take bets on every junior match while William Hill only take bets in shops. It’s worth pointing out Ladbrokes list top-flight junior games in shops on their Totally Scotland coupon.
So that’s a little education – and now for the tips and Paul doesn’t jinx my boys.
Paul writes: First up I am backing Lochee Utd to beat Falkirk Juniors in the Premier Division at 4-7. The Bluebells have handled the pressure of being title favourites extremely well and should add another three points on the board.
Falkirk have yet to pick up a point at home this season so Lochee have even less to worry about.
Next in the North Region I am going for Colony Park to beat Fraserburgh also at 4-7. Colony have been well supported for the league in the ante-post markets so there is some confidence behind them this season. With so little form to go on that is normally a decent indicator. Fraserburgh had a good 5-0 win last weekend so it won’t be easy but with so many short prices in the region this looks decent value.
In the West Region I am opting for Clydebank to beat Ardrossan at 20-23. Once again this is based on antepost bets and it is clear Bankies fans are expecting a big season. They won four out of four in their League Cup section and scored 16 goals.
However, they lost their quarter-final 2-0 to top-flight Rob Roy on Wednesday but I believe they had an eye on their trip to the seaside as they bid to get off to a good start in the league. If Bankies are going to bounce straight back to the top league these are must-win games.
Treble pays £46.17 to a £10 stake at McBookie
Owen writes: For the first time this season all regions are playing league matches so it’s time to pick my first treble of the season.
I didn’t do very well last season so let’s hope I get off to a good start this season. I’m starting in the West Region and I’m going to take Largs at 1 -1at home to Shotts. Largs hit a wee bit of form towards the end of last season as they moved away from the bottom and I reckon they can start this season with a win on their plastic pitch.
In the East I’m taking Broughty at 5-4 at home to Penicuik. No one is running away with the league this season and I think Broughty can keep up with everyone by getting three points.
I’m heading North to complete the treble and taking newly-promoted Dufftown at 4-5 at home to Inverness City as I think the new boys can continue their good start to the season.
Treble pays £80 to a £10 stake at William Hill