EVERY Saturday William Hill’s Owen Scott and McBookie’s Paul Petrie will do battle in the junior football challenge.
The dynamic duo will be putting up trebles every weekend and Owen landed the first winner of the season last week at odds of just under 5-1.
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 East Region I am backing Lochee Utd at 4-6 to beat Jeanfield in the top-of-the-table clash. It is still early days but if Lochee can pick up three points it will go a long way to helping them lift the title.
“Lochee have been scoring goals for fun and while Swifts have made a great start to the season they should have enough fire power to win. Of course if Jeanfield win we have a great title battle on our hands.
“In the North Region I am backing Aberdeen Uni to beat Lewis Utd at 13-8. We wrote the students off at the start of the season but they seem to be popular in the betting each week which suggests they might be starting to click. They hammered Cruden Bay last time out and despite being underdogs for this match could represent some value.
“Finally, in the West I am backing Irvine Meadow to beat Rob Roy at -/4. Meadow have had mixed results this season and will be disappointed with their start. However, they had a great result against Beith a few weeks ago.
“Rob Roy did us a favour by beating Auchinleck Talbot but it is always difficult to follow up a good performance with another so Meadow look the value.
Treble pays £98.44 to a £10 stake at McBookie
Owen writes: “I was happy last week as I got my first treble of the season so hopefully it’s not the last. It’s time to kick on just now and get another few winners in the bank.
“I’m starting my treble with a side who led 3-0 last week only to be pegged back for a draw and that’s West Calder at 8-13 against Ardeer in a Junior Cup replay.
“Ardeer will be the happier of the sides due to their comeback but I reckon West Calder will make sure of it this time.
“Next up is a game that can go either way but I reckon Pollok (11-8) can get all three points at home to Petershill which will see them leapfrog the Peasies in the West Super League.
“Finally I’m on Greenock at 6-5 at home to Cumbernauld. Again it’s another match that can go either way but Greenock’s home form has been good and I reckon that will carry on here.”
Treble pays £84.40 to a £10 stake at William Hill