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 which so far aren’t a lot.
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: “I am sticking to the Junior Scottish Cup for my treble this weekend and with teams playing from different regions there is sure to be some value.
“First up I am backing Haddington to beat Larkhall Thistle at 8-15. The East region side have settled into the Premier League extremely well and a trip to the West coast shouldn’t faze them. Larkhall have had a solid start to the season but have a tendency to concede and that could be their downfall this weekend.
“Next I like the look of Whitletts to beat Lochgelly at 8-11. There shouldn’t be too much between the teams but home advantage should be enough for the Vics. Draws have been their problem this season but they will want to make sure they get the job done without the need for a replay.
“Finally, I am taking a punt on Broughty to beat Owen’s Cumnock at 13-8. It has been a mixed bag for Broughty this season but they don’t look out of place in the Superleague and will not be overawed by Cumnock. Indeed, Cumnock have started the league campaign terribly and have conceded an average of three goals per game. Broughty have enough firepower to cause them problems.
“Another tie that could produce a shock is Nairn St Ninian at 7-2 to beat Oakley.”
Treble pays £69.52 to a £10 stake at McBookie
Owen writes: “One of my sides came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 last week but it still wasn’t enough to give me my first win of the season. The first round of the Scottish Junior Cup takes place this weekend and I was tempted to go for a 1-50 side with a couple of 1/-0s or 1-20s just to get off the mark but I’m not that desperate yet.
“I’m starting off with a match in the Cup and it’s on the Ayrshire coast where I reckon Whitletts (8-13) will be too strong for their Fife rivals Lochgelly.
“Away from the Cup I’m taking a side who have cost me a couple of times this season but I feel they will come good this weekend and that’s Troon at 6-5 as they play host to Arthurlie.
“lso in the West Premier I’m on Hurlford at 8-13 to take advantage of Auchinleck being on William Hill Scottish Cup duty and add another three points to their title push by taking maximum points from their home match against Pollok.”
Treble pays £57.41 to a £10 stake at William Hill