THERE are only four games to consider in Scotland today and the one I’m focuses on is St Mirren v Dunfermline in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
This is a tough test for Saints who have been moaning about having to play without Scotland U-21 striker Lawrence Shankland and Northern Ireland kid Luke Conlan who are on international duty.
I put up an early Super Single of Dunfermline over 1.5 goals at 13-10 with Coral and while the League One side are the underdogs here they will fancy their chances having already beaten Premiership Dundee and losing to Dundee United after extra time in the League Cup.
Championship side St Mirren have made a stuttering start to life under Ian Murray with their home form particularly poor and they have conceded in every match this season at St Mirren Park.
After a 3-1 defeat of Berwick in the Challenge Cup they’ve lost four and drawn two at home with both teams scoring in every game.
Dunfermline have netted 23 goals in their last six away games – winning five and losing one – and have in-form strikers in the shape of Joe Cardle, Michael Moffat and Faissal El Bakhtouai and will at least expect to hit the target.
The Pars are worth a look at 11-5 with boylesports but goals bets are of more interest. Both to score returns 9-13 at 888sport while over 2.5 goals is 10-13 with the same firm. One problem for the Buddies could be the absence of Shankland who has netted in their last two home matches.
Saints have conceded an average of two a game at home and we know Pars’ record on the road is superb – 16 in four league outings so best bet of the day could be Dunfermline to score over 1.5 goals at 13-10 with Coral.
The both teams to score and win market is becoming so popular and on that you can have the Fifers at 23-5 with 888sport.
Elsewhere in the Cup it’s Peterhead v Stenhousemuir and Queen’s Park v Elgin and both are tough to call.
Peterhead and Stenny drew 2-2 at Balmoor in the league in August and four of Peterhead’s last five have been score draws.
They are 5-6 favourites at boylesports but again I’d prefer to back the Blue Toon at 8-13 with boylesports over 1.5 goals.
I’m on Queen’s Park at 11-10 with McBookie to beat Elgin despite their 1-0 home loss to Montrose last week.
In the Championship Morton head for Queen of the South and it could be a draw at 13-5 with McBookie as it was when they met in the Cup at Palmerston back in August. Queens are struggling for goals so a punt on Morton not to lose at 4-5 with BetVictor could be the call.