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Here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his Saturday selections.
Damian writes: “Tough one to take last weekend having tipped 27-10 winners Peterhead from League Two who won 3-0 against League One Raith. My selection Rory McAllister scored two – sadly just not the first one.
“I’ll steer clear of the League Cup Final this weekend as it is hard to see anything other than a Celtic win.
“I am going to start in League One this Saturday with the third v first clash between Alloa Athletic and Ayr United. Alloa were also a winning selection last weekend and the Wasps have been in great form of late and I look over-priced at home to the league leaders.
“That is to take nothing away from Ayr who have won six of their last seven league matches and drawn the other.
“The Wasps have won their last four league games and that is from a side who took seven matches to get off the mark for the season. When pricing this game up in my head I had Ayr as favourites at around 11-8 with Alloa 9-5 but the bookies’ odds have the Honest Men odds on at 37-40 and the Wasps 27-10.
“That latter price looks too big to me and as a result my first selection this weekend is an Alloa first goalscorer.
“Craig Malcolm has had a terrific goals-to-games ratio in recent seasons but this campaign was slow to get out of the blocks with just two goals from his first 12 games. However, he has found his scoring touch again with four from his last four games, including a double in last weekend’s cup win over Stenhousemuir.
“Malcolm is 7-1 with McBookie to score the opening goal which looks decent.
“In the Championship there might be a bit of value in backing Livingston for their visit to Queen of the South.
“Livi sit third in the table two places and a point ahead of the Doonhamers yet the home side are 11-10 for the three points while Livi are 12-5.
“That looks too big about the visitors who in their last six Championship games have won four, drawn one and lost one. Plus their form on the road has been excellent with just one away defeat and six goals conceded in five games.
“Added to that this will be Queen of the South’s third game in eight days having had a Scottish Cup replay with Montrose in midweek (which they won 2-1) and I’d expect a fresher Livingston side to win this.
“I am going to take a chance on Livi’s young striker Dylan Mackin for the first goal as he has a tremendous scoring record this season despite being a sub on nine out of the 14 matches he has been involved in. He has scored seven times and his goals-to-minutes played ratio must be extremely good.
“Mackin is 17-2 with McBookie to score the first goal but remember the bet is void if he is on the subs bench when the opening goal goes in.
“The final selection is in League Two where we could have a shake-up in the title betting with the top four all clashing, so something ought to give.
“I just feel the wheels might be about to fall off for leaders Stirling Albion. In the early part of the season the Binos won eight of their 10 matches but since have just won two of their last six with form figures of DLWLWD.
“Included in that run was a 5-3 defeat at home to Lothian Thistle in the Scottish Cup and I fancy Peterhead to close the gap with Stirling to just a point after Saturday’s game.
“Peterhead have won five of their last six games and that sole loss was to in-form Stenhousemuir so there was no disgrace there.
“As I mentioned earlier last weekend I tipped McAllister to open the scoring and I’ll go with him again this weekend at odds of 9-2 with McBookie.
“Can you find a winner!”
- Malcolm (Alloa) 7-1
- Mackin (Livingston) 17-2
- McAllister (Peterhead) 9-2