HERE WE GO! 70 days since St Johnstone lifted the Scottish Cup to complete a historic cup double we're back at the start of a brand new Scottish season.
Sure we've had the group stages of the new Premier Sports Cup and a trio of teams already in European action but the real stuff kicks-off today and it's great to have it back.
Champions Rangers get us underway at Ibrox where they host Livingston and can get punters off to a winning start. The Gers kept a remarkable 26 clean sheets in 38 league games last season and look well-equipped to build their title defence on a solid back-line once more.
Livi look vulnerable this season and will do very well to repeat their top-six finish. They don't have much of a record at Ibrox and it could be a long afternoon in front of over 20,000 celebrating Gers fans.
Rangers have been all but backed off the boards, in to 2/11 but a bet that's served us well in the Premier Sports Cup appeals again. Back the Blues to score over 1 goal and Livingston to score under 1 goal at 11/10 on a Bet365 BetBuilder.
Rivals Celtic need to wait until 8pm to get their campaign started with a tricky trip to newly-promoted Hearts. The deficiences in Celtic's squad have been well documented and their Champions League exit at the hands of Midtjylland was less of a surprise than it should have been.
Manager Ange Postecoglou seems to be fighting and uphill battle to get new players in but Carl Starfelt and possibly Kyogo Furuhashi will be added to the squad for the trip to Tynecastle.
Unsurprisingly there's been a bit of money for Hearts who have been backed in to 7/2 while the Hoops simply can't be trusted at the moment at a short-looking 7/10.
The aformentioned St Johnstone (evens) can get off to a winning start with a win at Malky Mackay's Ross County and there should be goals when Dundee mark their return to the top flight with a visit from St Mirren. Over 2.5 Goals pays 6/5 at Bet365.
As mentioned yesterday at 23/20, Dunfermline look a value bet to open their Championship campaign with a win at Morton. The Pars have made a strong start to the season, qualifying from their Premier Sports Cup group stage under new gaffer Peter Grant. Hosts Morton are favourites to go down from the Championship and look like they'll struggle for goals this season.
In League one Cove Rangers can take advantage of the fact that Falkirk have barely trained this week. The Bairns had to forfeit two Cup matches and have had to endure a difficult couple of weeks.
Queen's Park have been backed in to favourites to win the League One title with some bookies but they've a testing opener at East Fife. Even money seems a little short for an away win against a side that have been round the block a few times.
League Two looks like it'll be all about Kelty Hearts this season. The newly promoted are now just 8/11 to go up as champions having opened up around 6/5. If the money is to be believed they should be a banker at 4/11 to beat Cowdenbeath but they're now too short to back.
- Rangers to score Over 1 goal and Livingston to score Under 1 goal 11/10 (Bet365 BetBuilder)
- St Johnstone
- Cove Rangers
- Treble pays 57/10 at Bet365
As well as helping us to a winning Super Single at 10/11, Shamrock Rovers 3-1 win also landed Greg‘s BTTS tips at even money and he's heading Stateside in search for goals on Saturday for a late night Bet of the Day Double.
His namesake, Greg Browning makes a welcome return to the site with his best ante-post bet in Scotland. He's been busy this week, recording two in-depth Podcasts ahead of the big kick-off, both of which you can access here.
Mark Walker is back too with his own expert vies on the opening weekend of the Scottish season. As ever, he's picked out three well-priced bets for Saturday.
Jamie Kennedy is also back for the new season. His forte is goals and he's got an 11/1 Both Teams to Score and Total Teams Goals four-fold Acca for us on Saturday.
SlipsTips keeps it simple for his opening day tip, a Goals Double on two short priced favourites that pays even money.
Finally, earlier in the week KevMac posted his pre-season thoughts for the Scottish Leagues which is worth a read ahead of the big kick-off.
Upcoming Match Previews & Tips
- Saturday's Goals Accumulator Tips: Today's 11/1 BTTS & Total Team Goals Acca
- Football Bet of the day: Heading Stateside in search for goals
- Mark Walker's Scottish Tips: Buddies Over-priced for Opener at Dundee
- Greg Browning's Tips: Scottish Football is Back – Greg's Ante-Post Double
- SlipsTips Tips: Scottish Double
- Sat 12.30pm – Rangers v Livingston Match Preview & Tips
- Sat 8.00pm – Hearts v Celtic Match Preview & Tips
- Sat 10.00pm – Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes Match Preview & Tips
- Sun 4.30pm – Motherwell v Hibernian Match Preview & Tips
- KevMac's SPFL Premiership Ante-Post Tips
Saturday's Racing Tips
Rizzel has four selections for Saturday's evening cards at Hamilton and Lingfield.
As always, let us know your tips and predictions for Saturday in the comment section below and good luck with all your bets!