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: “In the East Region, I am kicking off with Jeanfield Swifts to beat Montrose at 4-9. Swifts had a fantastic result against Dalkeith last week and are 4-1 second favourites for the title.
“Quite a few punters have backed them at 20-1 and it looks like they are going to get a fantastic run for their money. Lochee Utd look the team to beat but if Swifts can win games like these they will be there at the end of the season.
“In the North Region I am backing Dufftown to beat Banchory at 8-13. Both teams are at the wrong end of the table and there won’t be much between them come the end of the season. However, Dufftown are in the slightly better form and you would think home advantage would be enough to see them pick up the three points.
“Finally, in the West Region, I am going for St Rochs to beat Dunipace at 1-1. It is still early days in the West Region so difficult to gauge form but a few people backed St Rochs at 25-1 for the title and they do look like a good each-way bet. Dunipace are bottom of the table although they have played some good sides so shouldn’t be written off as no-hopers just yet. However, at the price I think the Candy look decent value.”
Treble pays £46.67 to a £10 stake at McBookie
Owen writes: “I’ll start off this week with a side who have surprised me with the start they have made this season. I’m taking Yoker at 8-13 to get a win at home to Cumbernauld. Yoker are unbeaten after three matches and I reckon they will make that four.
“Next up I’m taking Penicuik at 11-10 in the East Super League as they visit Carnoustie. Both sides have had good starts in the league but Penicuik will get all three points in this match.
“To complete the treble I’m heading back West and taking Hurlford at 1-1 away to Arthurlie. Lie top the league just now and Hurlford have had an indifferent start to the season but I reckon they will get all three points from their visit to Barrhead.”
Treble pays £67.85 to a £10 stake at William Hill