ONE of the most popular markets last season was both teams to score.

I had some success on it and around the country it seemed punters were collecting regularly.

So it's good to see quite a few firms pricing up Ramsdens Cup games as SFL sides kick off the news campaign on day one of the SPL season.

Looking at the SPL card and games there look more likely to have both teams not scoring so I'm focusing on the Ramsdens Cup, formerly the Challenge Cup.

Firms such as William Hill and bet365 have priced up the first-round matches but like last season Victor Chandler seem to be offering best odds.

I'm starting with a Fife derby between Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath. Rovers were second to Dunfermline in the race for promotion last season and will expect to win this one.

But Beath, under new boss Colin Cameron, could spring a surprise. Their pre-season form has been excellent and even if they don't win we just need them to score. Skybet are biggest here at 5-6.

Next it's an encounter between two sides who have invested in decent-looking strikers over the close season. Ayr have signed Gareth Wardlaw from St Mirren while Queen of the South have brought in former Rangers man Tom Brighton.

Both sides like to attack and this could be a cup cracker. Chandler go 8-11 on both teams to score.

Next I'm focusing on a side who pulled off an incredible piece of business in the summer. Third Division Peterhead persuaded Rory McAllister to sign from Brechin despite interest from the SPL.

With McAllister leading the line the Blue Toon should hit a few goals but having been relegated from the Second Division last season there are question marks over their defence. Both teams to score pays 4-6 at Chandler.

Stranraer failed to make the play-offs last season despite matching Third Division champions Arbroath by netting 39 times at home. It's form that suggests they can give First Division Morton a tough time.

Morton should edge it but I'm sure there will be a few goals and this one pays 4-5 at Chandler.

Finally, complete a fivefold with Partick Thistle against Stenhousemuir. Both squads look to have been freshened up and fans of the sides are looking forward to good campaigns.

Stenny, in particular, have made some good signings and will be looking to give a good account of themselves at Firhill. Both teams should score at 17-20 with Chandler.

Both teams to score

Ayr v Queen of the South

Partick v Stenhousemuir

Peterhead v Alloa

Raith Rovs v Cowdenbeath

Stranraer v Morton

Perm any 4 and all 5 (6 bets)


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