THE big freeze has put a halt to the McBookie.com v William Hill juniors tipster contest but Hills' Owen Scott is still breathing the game.

With little prospect of any matches being played this weekend he has turned his thoughts to the Junior Cup.

Owen writes: As the weather looks likely to put paid to any junior football this weekend let's look towards the Emirates Scottish Cup outright betting.

The current betting is headed by Irvine Meadow (13-2) who are looking for their first win in the tournament since 1973.

The Medda have put together any experienced squad and will be going all out to get their hands on the only trophy Chris Strain has failed to win during his spell as manager at the club.

Next up are the current holders Linlithgow (10-1) who would be vying for favouritism if they didn’t have the task of facing the next side in the betting and 2009 winners Auchinleck Talbot (12-1).

This is by far the tie of the third round and if you fancy either of these clubs to go all the way I’d advise you to back them now as their odds will look nothing like this after their tie.

Beith (12-1) are the current West Super League champions and will be hoping to win the Junior Cup for the first time in their history.

Bo’ness (12-1), the current East champs are hoping to go back to the glory days of the early 80s when they reached three finals in six seasons.

Other notable sides are Arthurlie (14-1), now bossed by last season's losing manager Sandy McLean, Lochee Utd (16-1), Tayport (20-1) and Cumnock (25-1).

The top North Region sides are Sunnybank, Culter and Banks O’Dee who are all 100-1.

I’d say that almost anyone from the top divisions in the East and West Regions are capable of winning this trophy and everyone will be hoping for a bit of luck when the draw gets made but if I had to choose someone I’ll take Linlithgow to go all the way and retain the trophy.

A West Region side to win the trophy is priced at 4-5, an East Region side is 1-1 and North Region outfit 66-1.

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