EVERY Saturday William Hill's Owen Scott and McBookie's Paul Petrie do battle in the junior football challenge.
The dynamic duo will be putting up trebles every weekend and Owen has the bragging rights having won £79-20 with Paul still to get off the mark. Last weekend Owen managed a 2-1 double with his other selection void.
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 – and they could be weather-hit.
Paul writes: “In the West Region I am taking Gartcain to beat East Kilbride at 4-7. The new junior club acquitted themselves superbly in the Scottish Cup against Super League side Hermes and should be capable of taking those good performances back to league duty. East Kilbride haven’t won in three games so it is all set up for a home triumph.
In the East I am taking a punt on Edinburgh Utd to beat Armadale at 5-2. It has taking a while for ex-Hearts striker Callum Elliot to find his feet but performances in recent weeks have been more than encouraging. They certainly did us a favour drawing with Jeanfield Swifts last week and I think they might be turning the corner. Armadale are without a win in three so shouldn’t be feared.
Finally, I am going for another big price in the North and backing Buckie Rovers to beat Deveronside at 13-8. I always like backing teams who are flying high in their leagues when they play a team from a higher division because confidence is normally high. Add in the fact Deveronside are sitting second bottom of the league and it all suggests the away side could cause an upset.

Paul writes: I managed to find a 5-2 winner last week but the other selections let me done. Hopefully a few people backed it as a single though.

We have also started doing first-scorer markets for selected games in the Super League. This week we are doing Petershill v Pollok, Newtongrange v Bo’ness and Hermes v Banks O'Dee.

In the West Region I am backing Pollok at 10-11 to beat Petershill. A Glasgow derby is alway a feisty affair and this game should be no different.

Pollok come into the game in excellent form with three wins in a row and sit second in the table. Draws have been the problem for Petershill this season having shared the spoils in half their games. They have also struggled for goals which is why Pollok should be too strong.

In the East I am backing Bonnyrigg at 3-4 to beat Hill of Beath. Plenty of punters backed Bonnyrigg at the start of the season to win the league at a massive 25-1.

They are now as low as 3-1 and sit nicely at the top of the table. They slipped up with a draw last week but thankfully for them all their league rivals failed to win. They should get back to winning ways against Hawthorn.

Finally, in the North Region I like the look of Hall Russell at 6-4 to beat Bridge of Don. Hall Russell have played more league games than anyone else which is why they are so high up in the table but they have produced some excellent performances against the so -alled bigger teams. The slipped up when favourites last weekend but this is a winnable game as the slight outsider.

Paul's Treble



Hall Russell

Pays £83.52 to a £10 stake at McBookie

Owen writes: Two winners last week with a postponement saw me add to my total but this week it looks like trying to spot the games on as Abigail threatens to wipe out the junior card.

I'm starting in the league and taking leaders Largs at 1-2 to bounce back from their Scottish defeat and dropped league points with a win at home to Yoker.

I'm also taking Pollok at 7-10 to show everyone they will be part of a title race this season by getting a victory at Petershill.

Finally I head East and I'm on Musselburgh at 8-13 to get a win away to Broxburn to keep in touch with the sides at the top of the league.

Owen's Treble




Pays £41.19 to a £10 stake at McBookie

  1. willie mcguire 3 years ago

    bets 10 (3 win 3/1, 5/1, 11/2)


    £10 pays £53.45 (mcbookie)

  2. willie mcguire 3 years ago

    Where are bankies playing these days Paul?

    Id stick take the double at 1/1 and 10/11 though.

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