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 keeping a tally of their winnings. Last week there were no winners so after two weekends both are still to get off the mark.
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.
So here are this weekend’s tips from Paul and Owen.
Paul writes: First up in the East Region I am backing Star Hearts to beat Forfar West End at 4-7. The Fife side were promoted in controversial circumstances but have put that all behind them and made a promising start in the higher league.
If they are going to secure their position in the Premier Division these are the games they need to be winning and home advantage should help them deliver the points.
In the North I like the look of Fraserburgh to beat Sunnybank at 4-5. There isn’t much between them in the betting for the league title and this should be a tight game.
However, Fraserburgh have scored 10 goals in the league already this season compared to three for Sunnybank and I suspect they will have more firepower to pick up the win.
Finally, in the West Region I am going for Hurlford to beat Glenafton at 4-9. It looks like it will be between them and Talbot for the title this season and, after dropping points already, they will need to go on a good run to give themselves the best chance.
Glenafton have yet to win in the league but had some good cup results earlier in the season. Nevertheless, you would still think Hurlford will be too strong.
Treble pays £40.86 to a £10 stake at McBookie
Owen writes: Two out of three last week wasn’t bad but then again it wasn’t good enough so it’s now into week three and I’m still looking for my first win of the season. I aim to get it sooner rather than later.
I’ll start this week with one of the teams who helped me last week and that’s Kilwinning who are 6-5 at Largs/ This will by no means be an easy three points but Kilwinning have already beaten Largs this season in the Ardagh Cup and although there will be a lot of different faces on Saturday I still expect the Buffs to win.
Kilbirnie (1-1) are next on my list as they play host to Arthurlie. Both sides have had good starts in the league with Arthurlie currently sitting top but I reckon Ladeside will inflict their first league defeat of the season on them.
To complete the treble I’m taking a short-priced side and hope I don’t jinx them or Mr Fixit won’t speak to me again. I’m taking Clydebank at 2-5 to continue their perfect start in the league by beating Bellshill at home.
Bankies won four out of five in the League Cup and have started with 2-0 and 5-0 league wins. They’re scoring for fun and are the only side not to concede. On current form I can’t see any other outcome than a Bankies win.
Treble pays £61.60 to a £10 stake at William Hill