Scottish Football Tips: Joy of the Rovers


SOMEONE told me the other week the Scottish Championship was the toughest to predict.

Falkirk have proved that on their own in the last week – dumping Dundee United 6-1 then following up with a 4-0 tonking at Inverness.

On their day anyone can beat anyone – except of course Brechin who haven’t yet won a game.

So for the reasons stated I’m starting this week in League One and that’s been good to me in recent weeks especially with goals bets.

The top two, Raith and Ayr, meet today and both have been involved in plenty of high-scoring games recently.

Rovers’ last six have gone over 2.5 goals as have five of Ayr’s previous six and that pays 4-6 at BetBright.

Raith have a one-point advantage in the title race with two games in hand after three defeats in four for their closest rivals.

They are 1-2 favourites at McBookie to finish first with United 2-1 at Sky Bet and 66-1 the field.

The Kirkcaldy men have won four in a row and both meetings this season have been home victories.

They are 11-10 at Marathonbet to notch a crucial success with Ayr 13-5 at bet365 and the draw 11-4 at McBookie.

I fancy Rovers to edge it and if you believe there will be goals back them and both to score at 11-4 with bet365. In the last four meetings at Stark’s Park both have hit the target.

Arbroath v Queen’s Park and Forfar v Albion Rovers look best bets for goals. Queen’s have drawn their last three 2-2 and another pays 16-1 at William Hill.

Five of Arbroath’s last six have seen both score so the game will make the Scottish treble at 14-19 with 10Bet.

Albion Rovers’ last six have included three 2-2 draws, a 3-2 win and a 3-2 defeat. Over 3.5 goals at Station Park pays 6-4 at William Hill but the home side could let us down here although they won 4-3 at Cliftonhill back in November.

In League Two Peterhead took their tally to 20 in four games with a 4-1 win at Stenhousemuir.

They look unstoppable just now and will be on most accas at 4-9 with Marathonbet to sink a Stirling side who ended a poor run by beating Berwick last week.

Stirling won 4-2 at Balmoor earlier in the season but were in better form and the Blue Toon should wreak revenge.

Peterhead have conceded five in those four romps so a home win plus over 2.5 goals looks on at 19-20 at Betway.

Rory McAllister netted two last week to take his tally to 26 in 25 games and is 9-4 at McBookie to score first and 4-9 to net at any time.

Stenny led Peterhead at half-time before collapsing but should bounce back at a Clyde side who scored for the first time in six matches last week but lost at Elgin. You can have 29-20 with McBookie on the away.

And so to the dreaded Championship. Best bets could be Morton at home to Falkirk whose Dundee United display could have been a flash in the pan.

Morton’s only defeat in six was to Dundee United and they are 23-20 at William Hill.

Leaders’ St Mirren’s last defeat was at home to Dumbarton but the Sons have lost four and drawn one since then. The Buddies are 4-5 at William Hill to avenge that horror loss.

United were blasted by boss Csaba Laszlo after their Falkirk farce and I expect a reaction at Dunfermline who they’ve beaten twice this season.

Both of those games saw each side score and that could be the best bet at 8-13 with McBookie with the Pars having won three in a row.

Brechin haven’t won a game but are fighting for their lives. Their last six have brought up btts and seven in a row at home to Livingston pays 9-10 at Marathonbet.

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