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Here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his Saturday selections from the Irn-Bru Challenge Cup.
Damian writes: “I nearly pulled it off last weekend when tipping up Hibs to end Celtic’s long unbeaten domestic run. The Hibees were 10 minutes away from a famous win but sadly I didn’t get the first scorer in that game either.
“Things get even trickier this weekend with the return of the Irn-Bru Cup and some mixed league matches involving Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish teams.
“Luckily we have some all-domestic league clashes and the first one that took my eye was Falkirk at home to Dunfermline. I always try to mentally price games in my head before looking to see what the so-called experts have come up with.
“When it came to this game I was 6-5 about Dunfermline and 2-1 for Falkirk. The bookies have the teams the other way around and have overreacted to Dunfermline’s 3-1 humbling at home to Dundee Utd last wek.
“Football is one of those games where the scoring system (goals) are not often a true indicator of everything that has taken place. The Pars had 51% of the possession, 10 shots to United’s 7, both had three on target and Dunfermline nine corners to the Arabs’ five.
“But an outstanding goal from Fraser Fyvie and some brilliant counter-attacking seems to have done for Dunfermline. That is not to say United didn’t deserve their win but there probably wasn’t as much in this game as people might have thought. And it was no disgrace to lose to the Championship title favourites.
“Secondly, a 1-0 away win at Morton for Falkirk under Europe’s oldest manager, Alex Smith, doesn’t suddenly mean the Bairns have turned the corner. But Smith's caretaker role lasted one game and ex-Dundee boss Paul Hartley will watch from the sidelines then take charge next week.
“Six goals in over 12 hours of Championship football suggests there must still be some way to go for Falkirk so I’ll be plumping for a Dunfermline first scorer on Saturday.
“Declan McManus has six goals this season from 13 appearances and looks fair value at 13-2 with McBookie to open the scoring.
“It is hard to know what strength of team sides are likely to put out in this competition but League One Raith will want to get back to winning ways after a 2-1 defeat at Albion Rovers last weekend. They travel to face Championship leaders St Mirren who may want to rest a few players.
“There won’t be many games this season when Raith’s Lewis Vaughan is chalked up at odds as big as 7-1 with McBookie to score first and might be a bit of value.
“Vaughan scored in 11 straight matches earlier this season and I can’t imagine he will be at Stark’s Park beyond this season. He looks to have a bright future.
“Finally, if he starts I like the look of Queen of the South’s Stephen Dobbie to score the opener away to Montrose. I just can’t see the home side getting anything out of this tie and Dobbie is 16-5 with McBookie for the opener.
“Can you find a winner!”
- McManus (Dunfermline) 13-2
- Vaughan (Raith) 7-1
- Dobbie (QoS) 16-5