EVERY Saturday William Hill’s Owen Scott and McBookie’s Paul Petrie do battle in the junior football challenge.
The dynamic duo will be putting up trebles every weekend and Owen has the bragging rights having won £49 with Paul still to get off the mark. Last weekend they both lost again but Paul was particularly unlucky with the shortest price beating his big-priced treble.
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.
Here are this weekend’s tips from Paul and Owen.
Paul writes: “In the West Region I am taking Gartcain to beat East Kilbride at 4-7. The new junior club acquitted themselves superbly in the Scottish Cup against Super League side Hermes and should be capable of taking those good performances back to league duty. East Kilbride haven’t won in three games so it is all set up for a home triumph.
In the East I am taking a punt on Edinburgh Utd to beat Armadale at 5-2. It has taking a while for ex-Hearts striker Callum Elliot to find his feet but performances in recent weeks have been more than encouraging. They certainly did us a favour drawing with Jeanfield Swifts last week and I think they might be turning the corner. Armadale are without a win in three so shouldn’t be feared.
Finally, I am going for another big price in the North and backing Buckie Rovers to beat Deveronside at 13-8. I always like backing teams who are flying high in their leagues when they play a team from a higher division because confidence is normally high. Add in the fact Deveronside are sitting second bottom of the league and it all suggests the away side could cause an upset.
Treble pays £144.38 to a £10 stake at McBookie
Owen writes: “My treble looked promising for a wee while last week but sadly it ended up going the same way as the majority of them from this season.
“This week I’m starting in Ayrshire and in the the Match of the Day I’m on favourites and champions Auchinleck at 10-11 as they play host to Hurlford. Talbot can put some daylight between themselves and Hurlford with a win and I reckon they will get it.
“Troon (8-13) have been a hit and miss for me this season but I’m on them as they play host to Shettleston. I reckon they should get all three points this time around.
“Finally to complete the treble I’m on Kilwinning at 5-4 away to Cumbernauld. Both sides had great results last week but I’m on the Buffs to follow up their excellent 4-2 win at Clydebank with a win at Guys Meadow.”
Treble pays £69.39 to a £10 stake at William Hillk