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Here is McBookie's Damian Walker with his thoughts for this weekend.
Damian writes: “The Scottish Cup returns this weekend and there are some extremely short-priced favourites but I did think there was a Premiership team who could find themselves on the receiving end of a cup upset.
“Dundee have not scored a goal in more than four-and-a-half hours of football, have lost nine of their 14 matches – winning just once and look ripe for an early exit.
“On Saturday they entertain Championship side Queen of the South who are in terrific form following the return from injury of prolific striker Stephen Dobbie.
“The Doonhamers have had back-to-back wins over Highland sides Inverness Caley Thistle (away) and a totally unexpected 4-0 home thrashing of title favourites Ross County.
“Dobbie had a hand in both wins scoring three goals over the two matches and at 18-5 I think Queen of the South could turn over their Premiership opponents. Dobbie is obviously the man for the first goal and McBookie make him 4-1 to do just that.
“Staying with the Cup and Hearts have seemingly had two mini-seasons already in this 2018-19 campaign.
“The first one saw them in irresistible form and climb to the top of the Premiership table as well as making the League Cup semi-final against Celtic.
“The second dismal one started about eight minutes into that semi-final and saw them crash out of that competition 3-0, win just one of their next nine matches and slump to sixth in the Premiership.
“And the catalyst for the massive dip in form in mini-season II would seem to be the injury to Steven Naismith in that League Cup semis.
“However, all looks rosy once again as Naismith returned three games ago and the Jambos have won their last two matches, including an Edinburgh derby success at Easter Road which moved them up a place in the table.
“I expect to see a good bit more of the Hearts we saw in the first half of the season from now on and as a result odds of 19-20 about them winning at home to Livingston this weekend look very good.
“Naismith has 14 goals from 23 appearances this campaign and is 19-4 with McBookie to score the opening goal.
“Moving into League Two and I still think bookies are underestimating league leaders Edinburgh City.
“The Citizens have lost just three league games all season and at one stage strung a sequence of eight straight wins together.
“Edinburgh City are 19 points ahead of fourth-placed Annan who they play at home on Saturday yet are 7-10 to win the match.
“I always try to price matches blind in my head before then going to the comparison sites and seeing what the “real” prices are and I came up with 1-2 about Edinburgh City. So even though the Citizens are odds on I still have them as a very good value bet in my opinion.
“The League Two top-scorer betting at the start of the season looked a straight shoot-out between Clyde’s David Goodwillie and Peterhead’s Rory McAllister.
“But neither player is in the top two and City’s Blair Henderson nine goals clear of second-placed Shane Sutherland of Elgin, with Henderson having scored 20 goals from 20 games which is some going. Henderson is 11-4 with McBookie to grab the opener.
“Can you find a winner!”
- Dobbie (QoS) 4-1
- Naismith (Hearts) 19-4
- Henderson (Edinburgh) 11-4