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 picked massive Junior Cup trebles – and not surprisingly both flopped.
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: “First up I am backing Hermes to beat Gartcairn at 4-5. The teams served up a 3-3 cracker although Hermes will be disappointed to be pinned back twice. And this game has an added twist after accusations on social media Hermes didn’t turn up for the hospitality after the game. There is sure to be some bad blood between the teams and I think it will be the North side coming out on top.
“Next I am going for St Andrews to beat Oakley at 20-23. It was a 2-2 draw last Saturday so Saints will know exactly what they need to do in order to progress to the next round. It is always difficult for the outsiders to perform two weeks in a row against higher opposition so Oakley will probably feel their best chance was last weekend.
“Finally, I am taking a chance on Saltcoats to beat Easthouses at a juicy 19-5. Easthouses started their junior life extremely well but they have struggled in recent weeks and could be there for the taking. Saltcoats were winning 3-0 at half-time last week so will be extremely disappointed not to already be in the next round. Easthouses can still win the game but I think the price is worth the risk.”
Treble pays £161.53 to a £10 stake at McBookie
Owen writes: “My ambitious treble never paid off last week but there were draws there to be backed if you could find them as 12 replays take place in the Scottish Junior Cup this weekend.
“I’m starting my treble in the West Premier and I’ve opposed this side a couple of times this season only for them to go on to win and I’m going to oppose them again this week in the hope I get it right eventually.
“I’m on Troon at 7-5 at home to a Rob Roy side that has beaten Auchinleck, Hurlford and Irvine Meadow in recent weeks but I think Troon will get the win the other sides didn’t manage after the Rabs crashed to a stunning Cup KO at home to minnows Wishaw last week.
“Arthurlie (4-5) at home to Glenafton are my next pick. The Glenafton management team know they will be in for a hot reception at Barrhead after leaving Arthurlie for New Cumnock but I reckon the home side will pick up all three points to pile more misery on the Glens after their Cup exit last week.
“To complete the treble I’m going into the Cup and I’m taking Bathgate at 13-10 to get a win at the second attempt against Greenock. It will be a tough away tie but I reckon Bathgate can do it.”
Treble pays £99.36 to a £10 stake at William Hillk
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